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Respiratory Care



The Respiratory Care Department at Baptist Health Louisville is an allied health department within the hospital recognized for the quality of care and services it provides for patients and their families. The department has 56 Respiratory Care practitioners on staff, each dedicated to providing quality care and treatment to persons experiencing breathing problems.

Professional opportunities for growth and development are readily available at Baptist Louisville. Respiratory therapists have the opportunity to work with a wide range of age populations and with patients experiencing a multitude of medical conditions in a variety of care settings. The patient population served includes neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.

Continuing education and professional development offerings tailored to the needs of the Respiratory Care practitioner are readily available. These free programs are specifically designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of respiratory therapists.

Technologically advanced equipment and progressive clinical application are impressive features of the Respiratory Care Department. Pressure control ventilation, Bi-Level ventilation, and Prone ventilation are used extensively to improve clinical outcomes.

Noninvasive ventilation is aggressively utilized throughout the hospital by using a full face mask, as well as by nasal mask.

The latest generation of pulse oximeters improve strategies for patient assessment and oxygen weaning, in conjunction with leading edge sensor probes.

Auto-titrating Bi-PAPs are available to help physicians determine if patients have sleep apnea.

Respiratory Care practitioners perform all arterial blood gases, as well as manage the Blood Gas Laboratory.

At Baptist Louisville, Respiratory Care practitioners are recognized as valued clinical team members by physicians, nursing, and other allied health departments.

The Pulmonary physicians promote the respiratory therapist’s abilities and rely on his or her expertise to help manage patients with pulmonary complications. Progressive respiratory-driven protocols exist for mechanical ventilation, oxygen, and noninvasive ventilation.

Emergency Department physicians empower the Respiratory Care practitioner by allowing collaboration in treatment decisions.

Details and specs

  • Staffing: 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with 12-hour shifts from 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.-6:30 a.m. Full-time, part-time, and PRN positions are available.
  • Equipment: Puritan Bennett ventilators, models 840 and 7200. Noninvasive ventilation via Respronics Bi-PAP Vision and Auto-titrating Bi-PAP, or Puritan Bennett KnightStar
  • Clinical labs and programs: Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Blood Gas Laboratory, and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
  • Additional opportunities: Clinical instructor for students, plus community service outreach programs such as the Better Breather's Club COPD support group, Asthma Education Forum and health fairs


Baptist Health Louisville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Check out current job openings and apply online.