Pediatric LTAC & High Acuity
SDCH is Utah’s leading provider of long-term acute care (LTAC), post-acute, transitional, and rehabilitative care for children with special healthcare needs. When children experience severe trauma, serious illnesses, or chronic and complex medical conditions – their lives and that of their families are significantly and permanently altered. Our pediatric LTAC is the bridge from the NICU/PICU to home.
Over 80% of our Pediatric LTAC Patients Discharge Directly from SDCH to Being Home with Family.
As Utah’s only pediatric LTAC hospital we can provide the level of medical care needed while also focusing on growth and development. SDCH has the only LTAC team capable of managing the SERVO-U ventilator outside of an acute hospital intensive care unit (ICU). This allows our smallest patients the chance to receive additional therapy time while transitioning from the SERVO-U to the home ventilator. Often the most critical period in recovery and rehabilitation occurs in the early stages. Our therapy team can provide optimal outcomes because of high-quality therapy time during these crucial stages of development.
Our mission is to provide children and their families with the finest in pediatric specialty care coupled with extensive family training in a therapeutic and supportive environment.
The SDCH Pediatric Specialty Care Program provides care for complex medical needs, including but not limited to those with:
- Acquired brain injuries
- Spinal cord dysfunction (trauma, tumors, spina bifida)
- Neuromuscular conditions
- Genetic syndromes and congenital anomalies
- Critical illnesses with multi-system involvement
- Severe trauma
- Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy
- Infusion therapies (IV antibiotics, parenteral nutrition)
- Nutritional impairments, failure to thrive and feeding disorders
- Respiratory failure with tracheostomy and ventilator dependency
- Sleep disordered breathing with CPAP or BIPAP support
- Complex wound care (burns, decubitus ulcers)
- Life limiting conditions for palliative or hospice care
- Immobility related to complex orthopedic conditions
- Severe spasticity with intrathecal baclofen therapy
- Complications related to extreme prematurity