LTACH ribbon cutting 019PADUCAH, Ky. (7/17/17) — Local hospital and community officials celebrated a ribbon-cutting today at ContinueCARE Hospital, the region’s only long-term acute care hospital.

The “hospital within a hospital” opened on the fifth floor of Baptist Health Paducah two years ago, serving the area’s sickest patients. It has now completed the extensive demonstration period for full licensure with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
 
The LTACH serves about 20 patients a day and can grow to 37. ContinueCARE Hospital has provided services to more than 160 families in the last year. It employs 90, about 50 of whom are full-time; and has 75 credentialed physicians and extenders on its medical staff.
 
Len McDade, chief executive officer, said the hospital is the only one of its kind in a 70-mile radius, serving critically ill patients. 

“We offer high-intensity care, similar to a hospital’s intensive care unit but for longer periods, to create a continuum of care between acute hospital care and the long-term phases of a patient’s illness,” he said.
 
Baptist Health Paducah President William A. Brown said having the facility at Baptist meets a regional need. 

“This is an excellent service for the sickest of our sick patients and their families,” he said, “who previously had to travel long distances across Kentucky or even out of state for this level of care.”
 
Connie Payne, a math teacher from Murray, needed high-end wound care after post-surgical complications. Instead of staying two hours from her home, she is grateful she could recover in Paducah during her 47-day stay.

“This is a place where the staff truly cares for their patients,” she said, “and everything the staff does is in the best interest of the patient and out of a labor of love.”
 
Long-term acute care hospitals specialize in treating critically-ill patients needing extended care for 25 days or more who:

•  No longer require hospital intensive care or extensive diagnostic procedures.
•  Are too ill to be discharged from the hospital to a rehabilitation hospital or nursing home.
•  Need around-the-clock medical and rehabilitative care. Following the LTACH stay, they may be able to transition to acute rehab, skilled nursing, hospice care or home. 

LTACH patients include those with conditions such as ventilator dependence, respiratory failure, chronic pulmonary problems, complex and severe wounds, and infections requiring long term antibiotic therapy. Physical, occupational and nutritional therapies, as well as pain management services, are provided.

SurfKY News
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