GREEN SPRINGS - Elmwood Healthcare Center of Green Springs is to open a satellite long-term acute care hospital, Elmwood Specialty Hospital, at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.
Elmwood Specialty Hospital at Firelands is to have 14 private rooms offering specialized respiratory and ventilator management and wound care.
The 9,500-square-foot specialty hospital, expected to open in March, is to be located on the fourth floor of the main campus of Firelands Regional Medical Center. Dialysis services also are to be available.
Elmwood's Green Spring's staff is to oversee the operation of the new unit while Elmwood's medical staff is to work with the medical staff at the medical center.
By having the specialty hospital on the Firelands campus, physicians on the medical staff at Firelands who need to refer their patients to long-term acute care would be better able to follow their patients' health care by keeping their patients close to home.
"Elmwood is priviledged to be opening an additional specialty hospital," Kathy Hunt, CEO of the Elmwood Healthcare Communities, stated in a release. "We want to be sure to let the community know that the Green Springs LTAC Hospital is not affected by this additional location and will continue doing business as usual."
Martin Tursky, president and CEO of Firelands Regional Medical Center, stated he is pleased to be adding a specialty hospital at Firelands.
"Having a long-term acute care facility on our campus provides a new level of care in our continuum of care," Tursky stated in the release. "This new addition is a win-win for both Elmwood and for Firelands and our medical staff. It is especially a win for our patients, who previously where referred to an out-of-town specialty hospital, when they needed this level of care. Now the patients can stay in their local community, close to family and friends."
A specialty hospital provides extended health care for those requiring long-term acute hospital care.
These patients typically suffer from complex multiple injuries or illnesses and usually are ineligible for skilled nursing or other sub-acute care after being released from a regular acute care hospital.
Acknowledging the stress a family normally goes through when placing a loved one in a specialty hospital miles from home, Firelands and Elmwood officials state that opening a specialty hospital at Firelands Regional Medical Center will benefit many individuals and families in the five-county area.
Accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the state of Ohio, Elmwood has been designated as one of Ohio's first long-term acute care hospitals.
Elmwood Specialty Hospital in Green Springs is to continue to care for long-term acute care patients at Elmwood Healthcare Center at The Springs in Green Springs.
For more information, visit www.elmwoodatthesprings.com or call (419) 639-2626, ext. 6008.