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Critical Illness Recovery

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Five Focus Areas of Recovery

We specialize in treating patients recovering from catastrophic critical illness. Our interdisciplinary care teams develop personalized treatment plans to meet patient needs, with a goal to improve over time and return to daily life. This brief video outlines the five core aspects of our hospitals' approach to critical illness recovery. Our goal with every patient is to help them breathe, eat, walk, talk and think again, as independently as possible. We call this “The Five Whys.”

The 5 Whys of critical illness recovery.

Play the accessible version of the “Critical Illness Recovery Hospitals: the 5 Whys” video

As the nation’s largest provider of post-acute care, we take pride in creating an exceptional patient experience. We treat patients who need more time to recover from critical illness and prepare them for the next level of care or discharge home. Typically, our patients include those on ventilator support, experiencing multi-system organ failure or multiple, chronic illnesses.

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Kathy's story
Kathy went in for a bariatric surgery which, after complications, resulted in a four month-plus hospital stay. Watch the video to learn more about Kathy's recovery experience at Select Specialty Hospital.

Explore Careers in a Critical Illness Recovery Hospital

As a member the CIRH team, you can make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. We offer a range of roles in nursing, respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy and more.