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What is a Long Term Care Hospital?

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

Such hospitals play an important role in the U.S. healthcare delivery system by offering specialized programs of care. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an LTCH provides specialized programs of care for patients who are severely ill and who require complex treatment, such as mechanical ventilation and wound care, with an extended inpatient hospital stay of around 25 days.

  • LTCH patients are generally chronically, critically ill and have medically complex conditions.
  • LTCH patients generally arrive from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a traditional hospital.
    • For example, many patients admitted to Barlow are ventilator-dependent and need intensive, expert care and treatment for pulmonary and cardiac conditions.
  • LTCHs often serve as a transitional treatment facility, a bridge, between ICU and transfer to a lower level of care, such as a subacute facility or a skilled nursing facility.
  • LTCHs are not subacute facilities or skilled nursing facilities.
    • Once our patients are stable enough, they are transferred to the most appropriate setting; either to a subacute or skilled nursing facility (SNF), or may return home to be with loved ones.
  • LTCHs must meet all the same accrediting criteria as traditional short-term hospitals, and are state licensed.
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At Barlow Respiratory Hospital, we are accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the State of California.


The benefits of Long-Term 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