Pulmonary and Ventilator Liberation

Our pulmonary teams treat more than 11,000 ventilator-dependent patients per year across Select Medical’s network of critical illness recovery hospitals. 


Led by board-certified pulmonologists, pulmonary program managers, respiratory therapists, nursing and rehabilitation professionals, pharmacists and nutritionists, we are proud to lead the country in ventilator liberation, also known as ventilator weaning.


Our expertise extends to patients who have the following:


  • Mechanical ventilator dependence
  • Chronic lung disease (such as COPD and emphysema)
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Acute respiratory ailments
  • Pneumonia
  • Post-surgical complications
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Metabolic encephalopathy

All critical illness recovery hospitals are required to adhere to strict, evidence-based respiratory protocols to receive a Select Medical "Pulmonary Center of Excellence" designation.