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What is a Long Term Acute Care Hospital?

Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACHs) like Barlow Respiratory Hospital serve patients with complex medical needs who require longer hospital stays and need highly specialized care.

  • LTACHs are not sub acute facilities or skilled nursing facilities.
  • LTACHs often serve as a transitional treatment facility between ICU and transfer to a lower level of care, such as sub acute facilities or skilled nursing facilities.
  • LTACH patients generally arrive from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a traditional hospital.
  • LTAC patients are generally chronically, critically ill and have medically complex conditions.
    • For example, many patients admitted to Barlow are ventilator-dependent and need intensive, expert care and treatment for pulmonary and cardiac conditions.
  • LTACHs must meet all the same accrediting criteria as traditional short-term hospitals, and are state licensed.

At Barlow Respiratory Hospital, we are accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the State of California.


The benefits of Long-Term Acute Care Hospitalization at Barlow Respiratory Hospital include access to our expert multidisciplinary medical team. We work together with highly specialized skills to provide individualized treatment that achieves recovery and a return to optimal functioning at the next level of care or at home with loved ones.


To Admit a Patient
Contact Barlow’s Admissions Department
CALL 213-202-6878
FAX 213-250-7415