Director of Respiratory Therapy:
Jessica Wetter, RRT
Respiratory Therapy is located adjacent to Cardiac Rehabilitation. This facilitates a close working relationship between two departments who often serve the same patients. A Respiratory Therapists is available to patients 24 hours a day seven days a week. Annually over 12,000 Inpatient procedures and 1,400 Outpatient procedures are provided for patients and members of this community. Respiratory Therapy provides treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems.
- Pulmonary Function & Arterial Blood Gas Testing
- Oxygen, Heliox & Lung Expansion Therapy
- Ventilator Management
- Aerosol Medication Delivery
In 2007, the RT department was relocated to an area that allows more space for treatment, testing and administrative services. With the new Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) equipment, the diagnostic ability of the department was greatly enhanced by adding total lung capacity testing and diffusion studies.
Among the many values that respiratory therapists must accept upon their entry into the field of respiratory care is the value of professionalism. In 2007, Clay County Medical Center received a certificate for Quality Respiratory Care Recognition. They received this designation for providing quality respiratory care services to their patients and community.