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The Specialty Hospital of Meridian

Acute-Care Programs

Specific programs are designed to meet the following patient needs for long-term acute care:

The pulmonary program at The Specialty Hospital of Meridian involves specialized care for patients who require ventilator management (tracheostomy or oral intubation). In addition, the program provides respiratory care to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and other complex respiratory patients. It covers:

  • Ventilator Management
  • Ventilator Weaning
  • Pneumonia
  • COPD
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Tracheostomy Care

Medically Complex
The Specialty Hospital of Meridian's program for the medically complex patient covers a broad range of diagnoses. Whether the patient comes from an intensive-care unit, general-care unit, home physician clinic, emergency room, home health agency, wound-care center or nursing home, different services are specifically designed to care for patients with complex complications ranging from infectious diseases to multi-organ failure. The program covers:

  • Long-Term Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition Management
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Dialysis
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Renal Failure
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)
  • Multi-organ Failure
  • Complicated Fractures
  • Neurological Impairment
  • Neuromuscular Disorders

Wound Care 
The wound-care program at The Specialty Hospital of Meridian utilizes and works along with licensed wound care specialists and the Rush Wound Care, Hyperbaric and Limb Salvage Center. The hospital offers an interdisciplinary approach to wound care which promotes optimum healing in a timely manner. The program utilizes advanced equipment and techniques, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, specialty and support-surface beds, and wound vacuum-assisted closure (VAC). The program covers:

  • Stage III or Stage IV Pressure Ulcers
  • Full-Thickness Skin Ulcers
  • Cellulitis
  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Demarcating Vascular Wounds
  • Necrotizing Soft-Tissue Infections
  • Dehisced Surgical Wounds
  • Third-Degree Burns
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy