Long-Term Acute Care

Long-term acute care services are provided through our long-term acute care hospitals located in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. We provide long-term acute care to patients who are recovering from serious illnesses or injuries.


Long-Term Acute Care

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, we are specially trained to provide more intensive services to our patients than what is provided in a normal acute hospital setting. Our medical teams consist of physicians, nurses, therapists, specialists, pharmacists and other highly trained medical professionals.

In our facilities, all our patients receive 24-hour nursing and respiratory care services, with daily physician management. Our 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 Long-Term Acute 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. Long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) are certified as acute hospitals, but they focus on patients who – on average – need to stay in the hospital more than 25 days.

These patients are transferred from an acute hospital’s intensive or critical care units to long-term acute care hospitals like those of Ernest Health. There, they can receive additional long-term or critical care services. Long-term acute 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.

Nationally Recognized: Our hospitals are recognized nationally for our respiratory care services. Having met strict safety and quality standards, our hospital is among 700 nationwide – or 15 percent – to receive this recognition.

National Recognition

Ernest Health’s long-term acute care hospitals have received the national Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association for Respiratory Care. This designation is given to facilities that meet strict safety and quality standards related to providing respiratory care. Our hospitals are among 700 nationwide – or 15 percent – to receive this recognition. The designation is aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.