Our Respiratory Care Department at Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) is a small department of six (6) Respiratory Therapists when fully staffed. All of the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) are specially trained healthcare professionals and credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) to provide advanced life support for patients that are very sick. We care for patients by evaluating, treating and maintaining cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) function. We attend to patients who have trouble breathing such as Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, stroke, drowning, or shock.
Our Respiratory Therapists at CHCC work in all areas of the hospital including Emergency Room, Medical and Surgical Units, Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Pediatrics, and Labor and Delivery. Our Respiratory Therapist provides cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advanced airway insertion. Our Respiratory Therapists also attend high risk births and deliveries to provide support for newborns that have trouble breathing. We also provide airway management during off island transport of critically ill patients of all ages.
Our Respiratory Care Department also provides Outpatient testing to evaluate heart and lung function which include 24 hour Holter monitoring, cardiac stress testing via treadmill and Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). Since we are the only hospital on island we literally deal with whatever aspect of the patient spectrum rolls through the doors. We work 12 hour shifts and provide 24 hours service, 7 days a week.
Medical Lab Director
Dr. Michael Koning, Anesthesiologist
Manager of Respiratory Care
Douglas Miller, RN, RRT
John Gentry, RRT
John Lesher, RRT
Jacob Walker, RRT
For more information on the Respiratory Care Department, please contact Douglas Miller at 236-8338 or 234-8950 ext 2865 or fax us at 236-8339.
So when there is Breath...there is Life. Life and Breath is our business.