Long-Term Acute Care

Medically stable but complex patients often need extended medical and nursing care.

These patients may be too ill for discharge to a nursing facility, an acute-care rehabilitation hospital or their homes. For such patients, the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse from Good Shepherd Penn Partners provides outstanding long-term acute care tailored to their complex medical needs.

Care at the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse is provided by physician-led interdisciplinary teams of medical professionals, including critical care nurses; care managers (registered nurses or social workers); clinical dieticians; physical, occupational and respiratory therapists; speech/language pathologists; and psychologists (as needed). Care teams meet weekly to discuss patient progress.

Specialty Hospital programs and services conform to the guidelines of the Joint Commission Accreditation Manual for hospitals and Federal Medicare Standards.

The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse treats a wide range of patient diagnoses, including:
  • Bariatric care
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Complicated fractures
  • Head injury
  • Hemodialysis
  • Medically complex
  • Multi-drug resistant organisms
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Pressure wounds
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Surgical recuperation
  • Tracheotomies with complications
  • Trauma
  • Ventilator dependence/respiratory failure
Specialty Hospital patients have access to a range of treatments to meet their complex medical needs:
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Complex wound management
  • Infectious disease management
  • Long-term IV antibiotics
  • Pain specialists
  • Penn Elert eICU (virtual ICU)
  • Total parental nutrition (TPN)