GSH What is an LTACH?

What is an LTACH?

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Discover how Gaylord's setting provides a restorative, healing environment for our patients and their families. For details and videos about specific programs see the individual program pages.

Gaylord - Where Rehabilitation Begins

Gaylord Hospital is a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) where the average length of stay is 25 days, ranging from 14 to 28 days for many patients. We admit patients from acute care hospitals within Connecticut, across New England, and throughout the United States, where severe injury, illness, or complex medical conditions require medical rehabilitation in a hospital setting.

What is a LTACH?

Setting the Course, Setting the Standard

At Gaylord Hospital, we are the first step for patients on a path that will return them to the greatest level of physical and mental well being and the highest level of independence possible. Each unit of the hospital is designed and staffed to address the issues that patients facing specific conditions must face. Each one of our 137 beds is in a private room for peace and privacy. And each patient is surrounded by a clinical team whose expertise is matched by their compassion.

How to Choose a Rehabilitation Program

Specialty Hospital FAQs

Gaylord is a specialty hospital that provides medical treatment and rehabilitation for patients requiring intensive medical care for an extended period of time, generally 20 to 30 days. Typically, patients with complex medical needs are referred to us when a patient at a short-term acute care hospital no longer needs intensive diagnostic services and has a treatment plan. Because of the complexity of the treatment provided, the patient still needs daily physician-directed care.

Many specialty hospitals, including Gaylord, do offer outpatient services including physician services, physical and occupational therapies, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, psychology, nutritional counseling and lab services, to name a few.

A team of physicians, nurses, therapists, dietitians, and case managers cares for our patients. Physicians on our medical staff are board certified in a variety of medical specialties, including critical care medicine, internal medicine, pulmonology and physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation). Patients have round-the-clock access to physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other members of their treatment team.

While we care for patients with a wide range of medical issues, patients that may be eligible for admission include:

  • Patients with multiple system failures
  • Patients dependent on a ventilator who can be successfully weaned
  • Patients in need of intensive wound care
  • Patients too medically unstable for transfer to a skilled nursing facility
  • Patients whose rehabilitation is compromised by acute medical issues
  • Patients in the intensive care unit or on medical/surgical floors who have exceeded their length of stay and still require a high acuity level of care.


Gaylord offers programs that have been specially designed for patients requiring complex medical and rehabilitation services. Unlike a short-term acute care hospital, which focuses on stabilizing a patient’s medical condition, we specialize in providing intensive medical and therapy services to patients with medically complex conditions.

Patients at Gaylord are much more ill than those cared for in a nursing home. Skilled nursing facilities are not equipped or staffed to provide the intensive level of medical, nursing and therapy care that is required by patients in a specialty or long-term acute care hospital.

Gaylord offers a combination of intensive medical and rehabilitative hospital services. The benefits to patients include briefer lengths of stay in the short-term acute care hospital, less patient recidivism and an increased rate of discharges home. We provide a safety net for the most vulnerable patients, assuring that a hospital level of care will be maintained when required. At the same time, we help short-term acute care hospitals realize financial and other operational benefits by permitting them to shorten their average lengths of stay and optimize patient access to emergency departments and intensive care units.

Gaylord accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Our patients generally come from an acute care hospital and still require a hospital level of care. Our patients generally are discharged home or to a skilled nursing facility.

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