Long-Term Acute Care
Ernest Health hospitals provide specialized rehabilitative services to patients in the communities served. They often see patients recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions.
Often, patients who are recovering from serious illnesses or injuries, require additional critical care services for medically complex conditions such as trauma, infectious diseases, wound healing, cardiovascular disease, stroke, amputation, and ventilator weaning.
With a team of trained professionals and a full-time medical director on staff, Ernest Hospitals are specially trained to provide more intensive services to patients than what is provided in a normal acute hospital setting. The medical teams consist of physicians, nurses, therapists, specialists, pharmacists, and other highly trained medical professionals.
In Ernest Health hospitals, all patients receive 24-hour nursing and respiratory care services, with daily physician management. Hospitals feature all private rooms and well-equipped therapy areas, among other services that are individualized within each hospital to best meet each community’s needs. Some of these services may include ventilator weaning, amputation, or wound care programs.
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Why Critical Care?
Most people who need inpatient hospital services are admitted to an “acute care” hospital for a relatively short amount of time. But some patients may be recovering from serious illnesses or injuries that require longer hospital stays. Critical care hospitals are certified as acute hospitals, but they focus on patients who – on average – need to stay in the hospital more than 25 days. For this reason, a critical care hospital is also sometimes called a long-term acute care hospital.
These patients are transferred from an acute hospital’s intensive or critical care units to critical care hospitals like those of Ernest Health. There, they can receive additional critical care services. Critical care facilities specialize in treating patients who may have more than one serious condition, but who may improve with time and care and return home.
Recognized in the Nation’s Top 10%
Ernest Health’s rehabilitation hospitals have been ranked by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a non-for-profit corporation that was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation research, a component of the U.S. Department of Education. It ranks rehabilitation facilities based upon care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient, and timely.
Through UDSMR, our hospitals collaborate with our peers throughout the United States to share information and establish best practices for patients. This helps us elevate rehabilitative care for everyone across the United States.