Helping You Breathe Easy

    At Kindred, we understand the hardships experienced by patients who require mechanical ventilator support. Our goal is to help our patients breathe on their own again and regain their independence. With almost three decades of experience in ventilator care, and as the largest employer of respiratory therapists, Kindred is the recognized leader in pulmonary care nationwide.

    Patients with complex respiratory disorders receive care based on the latest protocols, including a tailored ventilator weaning care plan overseen by a board-certified pulmonologist. Kindred hospitals have respiratory therapists on staff 24 hours a day.

    Many patients referred to us are considered unable to be weaned from a ventilator. But due to our industry leading weaning protocols and experienced team members, we successfully weaned 49% of these cases in 2014.

    Team Treatment

    Our hospital features an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care. This team includes:

    • pulmonologists
    • nurses
    • therapists (physical, occupational, respiratory and speech language)
    • wound care specialists
    • nutritionists
    • social workers
    • case managers and other staff members

    Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals reduced rehospitalization rates by 17% from 2009 to 2013. 

    Kindred’s care approach is designed to offer both time and resources for in-depth evaluation, comprehensive treatment, and close monitoring of our patients. The team meets regularly to address each patient’s needs in the areas of: 

    • mobilization and rehabilitation 
    • pulmonary hygiene and suctioning 
    • nutrition and medication 
    • family education and participation

    Personalized Treatment

    Patients receive comprehensive treatment plans overseen by a physician who makes daily rounds to review the effectiveness of the therapies which may include but are not limited to:

    • chest percussion therapy 
    • inspiratory muscle training 
    • Passy-Muir valve placement 
    • non-invasive ventilator management 
    • end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring 
    • airway management 
    • fiber-optic bronchoscopy 

    Our tailored weaning care plans are designed to liberate patients from mechanical ventilation. This plan includes interdisciplinary team conferences with pulmonologists and therapists.

    Our Patients

    Kindred hospitals are part of a nationwide network of Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals providing respiratory care to medically complex patients. Common clinical conditions include:

    • simple and complex pneumonia
    • obstructive airway diseases (e.g., COPD)
    • obstructive sleep apnea
    • ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)
    • Neuromuscular Respiratory Insufficiency Syndromes
    • acute airway needs
    • non-invasive ventilation (e.g., Bi-PAP, C-PAP)
    • restrictive airway diseases

    Due to medical complexities, patients may also receive: 

    • telemetry
    • total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
    • renal dialysis
    • post-op care
    • prolonged antimicrobial therapy
    • wound care
    • antiarrhythmic agents
    • physical therapy/occupational therapy

    Kindred’s tailored weaning care plans are designed to liberate patients from mechanical ventilation. These plans are managed through interdisciplinary team conferences with pulmonologists and therapists.

    Family Involvement

    The staff at Kindred knows the importance of having a patient’s family involved in the healing process. We can hold family meetings with our interdisciplinary team members on a regular basis to discuss patient progress. Family education sessions are designed to train family members on home care and other recovery related topics. From involving clergy and support groups to meeting spiritual and psychological needs to providing comprehensive discharge planning services for post-hospital life, our staff is ready to make our patients’ experience with us as pleasant as possible.


  • Nationally Recognized Excellence

    Kindred Hospital was recognized by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) with the Association’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) in 2012. AARC 2012

    Hospitals receiving the designation must meet strict safety and quality standards related to the provision of respiratory care services by qualified respiratory therapists.

    Requirements include:

    • All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.
    • Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.
    • Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.
    • Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.
    • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
    • Use a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory therapy department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.

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