What is a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital?
Most patients who are admitted to a traditional hospital are there for just a few days, but some need attention for longer periods. Long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals like Houston Methodist St. Catherine are specialty facilities dedicated to serving these patients.
Contrary to some popular misconceptions, LTAC hospitals are not nursing homes (long-term care facilities), nor are they only for critically ill patients. Many LTAC patients simply need daily care from a dedicated medical team for a longer period (typically 25 days or more) before they are well enough to return home.
Patients who need a long-term acute care hospital include those requiring:
- Intensive physical therapy
- Respiratory therapy
- Treatment for head trauma
- Pain Management
Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital is a fully accredited specialty hospital. Our hospital services include:
Services & Specialties