Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a premier provider of long-term acute care hospital services. Gaylord’s pulmonary program is a comprehensive program providing therapy and training for individuals with various respiratory conditions and diseases at both the inpatient and outpatient level of care. This program includes individual treatment sessions, as well as group pulmonary rehabilitation services.
Gaylord has an aggressive ventilator weaning program with a 75% weaning rate which exceeds the NALTH rates of 70%. Gaylord has an interdisciplinary “Ventilator/Tracheostomy Team,” which meets weekly to ensure that the needs of complex pulmonary patients are met in a timely manner. The diverse team includes pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists, nurses, registered dietitians, and care managers. This team manages all aspects of the pulmonary patients’ needs. Through s comprehensive decannulation program, the Gaylord team encourages the use of the Passy Muir® Valve early in the recovery process.
Gaylord consistently gathers data and conducts research related to tracheostomies and Passy Muir Valve use. Through this comprehensive program, many ventilator-dependent patients are weaned with the supervision and support of their pulmonary team. This enables a large percentage of their pulmonary patients to return home after discharge with an improved quality of life.