Answering Your Questions about Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey

What is an LTACH?
An LTACH (long term acute care hospital) is a fully licensed independent hospital that meets the same stringent federal and state regulations as any hospital.

Most LTACHs employ the “hospital-within-a-hospital” model, including Specialty Hospital of Central Jerseyfrequently asked questions. Under this model, Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey leases a medical/surgical unit at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (formerly Kimball Medical Center) and operates a separate long-term acute care hospital that exclusively serves extended stay acutely ill patients. Additionally, laboratory, radiology and other ancillary services are performed through the host hospital.

Specialty Hospital provides an optimal setting to discharge patients who would have had extended stays in the host hospital because they are too sick or their medical needs too complex to be transferred to another facility. Specialty Hospital serves as a “step-down” unit for patients who require intensive nursing care, continuous cardiac telemetry monitoring and ventilator support.

Your case manager will coordinate your health insurance benefits and obtain approval for both your hospital stay and any needs you may have after your hospital discharge. Your case manager works on your behalf within your insurance’s guidelines.

Please remember. Your physician decides when you should leave.

After patients are discharged from Specialty Hospital, what’s next along the continuum of care?
Following a comprehensive evaluation by members of our Clinical Team in consultation with you and their other physicians, Specialty Hospital patients have the same discharge options as any hospitalized patient — they can return home with or without visiting nurse or health services, or be placed in an acute or subacute rehabilitation facility, or in a long-term skilled nursing center.

What assurances are there about the quality of care my loved one can expect to receive at Specialty Hospital?
We have assembled a highly qualified team of health care professionals to provide the level of care that you can expect at any top-notch hospital. Much of our success in improving patient outcomes is the result of a high nurse-to-patient ratio — one licensed professional to every four or five patients — and the fact that our caregivers get to know our patients and their family members over their extended hospital stay.

Additionally, many of our nurses possess critical care experience or are concurrently working in high-acuity care units in various area hospitals. The nurses certified in advanced cardiac life support or pursuing certification within their first year of hire. Respiratory therapists who provide hands-on dedicated care are full-time members of our staff.

A code or rapidly evolving medical emergency is handled by nurses, respiratory therapists and responding physicians in the same manner and with the same urgency as any emergency at any acute care hospital.