Long Term Acute Care (LTAC)

What is Long-Term Caute Care?

Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals became a part of the American healthcare system as a means of providing the extended hospital stay for patients with the gravest of illnesses, and those who require an extended period of recovery following catastrophic illness or trauma.  They are licensed in the same way as other hospitals, however, their role is to provide acute care to patients with specific problems that cannot always be resolved in a typical short-term hospital stay.  Some of the diagnoses we specialize in are;

  • Pulmonary Care requiring Ventilator Support and/or Weaning, CPAP, BiPAP
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Management of patients with infectious diseases
  • Wound management
  • Neurological/ post-trauma care including coma recovery
  • Post stroke care and recovery
  • Intensive rehabilitation
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Post-Operative Complications
  • Cardiac Care and Telemetry Monitoring
  • Critically Ill with Multi-system failure
  • Amputation
  • Multiple IV antibiotic therapy
  • Post-Transplant patients
  • New Osotmy and Colostomy care
  • GI disease with Enteral Feeding / TPN
  • Restorative Nursing Care following a prolonged illness
  • Chest Tubes and recovery from thoracic surgery or trauma
  • Acute/Chronic/End-Stage Kidney Failure requiring Hemodialysis / Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Orthopedic care and rehabilitation following catastrophic accidents/trauma

At CVSH our typical length of stay is between 18 and 45 days depending on the diagnosis.  When patients reach a point in their recovery that they can be managed at home, or a lower level of care, our Case Management Staff will assist in making the necessary arrangements so that the transition from our hospital can be safe and effortless.