National Leaders in Ventilator Weaning

    Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals are national leaders in ventilator weaning for patients with complex pulmonary needs.

    We match or exceed national benchmarks when compared to short-term acute care hospitals.

    Kindred Clinical Outcomes

    • Ventilator wean rates are high, with a majority of our patients having failed prior wean attempts at the short-term hospital
    • Customer satisfaction is high
    • Rehospitalization rates are low and continue to drop
    • High staffing levels, including nurse-patient ratios equivalent to ICU level care when necessary

    Established Weaning Protocols

    Kindred Hospitals have scientifically sound weaning protocols and standard processes of care, including those for medication delivery and infection prevention.

    These established weaning protocols are set by a national Respiratory Care Council headed by physician leadership which translates the science and literature of mechanical ventilation into bedside practice, including the application of IHI vent bundles.

    Physician-Directed Care

    • Formally organized and credentialed medical staff including pulmonologists who make daily rounds
    • Specialty service medical directors
    • Daily on-site physician coverage

    Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals Ventilator Wean Rates

    Kindred Hospitals Ventilator Care Wean Rates

    Our vent wean rate is calculated in the most accurate and reliable way possible, simply reporting every patient and without eliminating muscular disease, low probability of wean, compassionate weans and readmissions.

    Kindred Transitional Care Hospitals reduced rehospitalization rates by 3.8% from 2011 to 2015.

    Clinical Capabilities

    • ICU-level care units
    • Telemetry
    • Specialized clinical capabilities for ventilator weaning, wound care for multiple severe wounds, multi-organ system failure, and post-intensive care syndrome
    • High staffing levels, including nurse-patient ratios equivalent to ICU-level care when necessary
    • Aggressive hemodynamic monitoring capabilities including on-site ABGs, radiological/diagnostic studies and full laboratory services
    • Progressive individualized rehabilitation with daily assessment of integrated vent weaning plans with nursing, PT with early mobilization, including SLP with in-line speaking/Passy-Muir valves and swallow studies
    • Management of noninvasive ventilation care with C-PAP, Bi-PAP and heated high flow for patients requiring high O2 requirements and chest tube management
    • IV pain control management and PCA weaning 

    Interdisciplinary Team Approach to Care

    • Weekly IDT meetings with physician involvement
    • Goal-directed care plan
    • Family participation in education and training
    • A round-the-clock intensive care nursing and respiratory therapy staff
    • ACLS certification for all RNs and Respiratory Therapists


    • Certified as long-term acute care hospitals
    • Meets CMS conditions of participation
    • Licensed as acute care hospitals
    • Accredited by The Joint Commission or other national accrediting organizations

    Transitional Care Patients:

    • have multi-organ system failure and multiple active diagnoses
    • have suffered an acute episode on top of several chronic illnesses
    • have co-morbidities that lead to higher severity of illness ratings than the typical short-term hospital patient

    Kindred Transitional Care Hospital Quality Exceeds National Benchmarks on Many Key indicators: Catheter Associated UTI and Pressure Wound

    Kindred Hospital Quality Indicators