Specialty Hospital recognized for long-term acute care

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Specialty Hospital is a long-term acute care hospital specializing in the treatment of critically ill, medically complex patients requiring longer  recovery time.

The average stay is 25-35 days.

"We take patients for an extended period of time, so they have an acute illness going on, but they need another three or four weeks," said Barbara McCarthy, CEO of Specialty Hospital.

The hospital's team specializes in the recovery of medically complex patients who have experienced prolonged intensive care unit hospitalizations and continue to require acute treatment.

The hospital's emphasis is on respiratory care that promotes weaning patients off ventilator support and providing independence to breathing.

"I couldn't walk, I couldn't talk, I couldn't do anything," former patient William Knight said. "I owe everything to this place."

Specialty Hospital is first the long-term acute care hospital in the nation to be awarded disease-specific sepsis certification by the Joint Commission. Specialty Hospital has received Quality Respiratory Care Recognition by the American Association for Respiratory Care.


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