Select Specialty Hospital-North Knoxville, Tennessee
Regency Hospital-Columbus, Ohio
Select Specialty Hospital-Tulsa Midtown, Oklahoma
Hospital – Pensacola, a long-term acute care (LTAC) hospital, recently received
the Pulmonary Center of Excellence (PCOE) designation from the parent company,
Select Medical. This award is exclusive to facilities in the Select Medical
family of hospitals.
Select, we feel a very real responsibility to provide the best possible care
for our patients,” said Dr. Samuel Hammerman, MD, MMM, CPE, FCCP, Chief Medical
Officer for Select Medical. “We already maintain very high standards for ourselves,
often well above national benchmarks. However, this designation means a
hospital has met even more rigorous protocols to take it to the next level of
designation certifies that a hospital provides the absolute very latest
protocols and best practices in the nation for mechanical ventilation and care.
Beginning in 2015, many within Select Medical’s network of 112 specialty sites
began the rigorous process of applying for this designation.
is simple – maximize a patient’s level of function while decreasing or
eliminating the need for mechanical ventilation,” said Gloria Skinner, MSN, RN,
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Select Medical. “Our
hospitals already do this well, but the new designation means a hospital has
gone above and beyond to truly maximize the highest discharge-to-home rate
possible. This should return even more patients to a high-quality, productive
demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of ventilator weaning, patient mobility,
establish protocols for bronchodilators and develop effective strategies for
addressing ventilator associated pneumonia receive the PCOE designation.
SSH-Pensacola’s pulmonary team is comprised of pulmonologists, respiratory
therapists, nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists, dieticians and
other specialists, all trained in caring for the acute pulmonary patient.
in February 2008, SSH - Pensacola is a 75-bed hospital serving the northwest
Florida panhandle and Southeastern Alabama. There are 18 beds in its Specialized
Ventilator Unit, a 12-bed high-observation unit.