During the height of the pandemic, one small NJ hospital accepted critical
 COVID-19 patients from hospitals in 4 states; reports
High COVID-19 recovery success


LAKEWOOD, NJ: When coronavirus hit NJ the hardest, the Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC) Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey hit back harder. The hospital has an excellent reputation for their respiratory program, caring for patients with respiratory failure or mechanical ventilation.  The hospital is known for successfully weaning respiratory patients from ventilator dependence, allowing them to achieve their highest functioning level.

Chief medical officer, Howard Lebowitz,M.D. comments, "We were in the eye of the COVID-19 storm in NJ, when we began to receive patient transfer requests from numerous hospitals. Our team here quickly adjusted to the volume of COVID-19 patients from our state of New Jersey, as well as New York (NYC and Long Island), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), and Connecticut.”  

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Many patients arrived in critical condition, on ventilator support, yet the average patient stay was just 20 days before successfully returning home.

Lobowitz added, “I cannot be prouder of the way our team of medical professionals rallied around each patient, providing individualized critical care. We care for each patient as we would our own family member, and our recovery success speaks to that. We have thankfully been enjoying the daily celebrations of sending our COVID-19 patients home!”

WATCH VIDEO: Another COVID-19 patient has recovered and is on the way home!

Among many success stories, one is of a young father whose baby was born while he was on the ventilator recovering from COVID-19. It was a glorious day at the hospital when he was able to meet his infant daughter for the first time, as he walked out of the hospital.    

The age range of COVID-19 patients treated at LTAC Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey, is from 41 to 93 plus. The hospital team consists of respiratory therapists, doctors, nurses and specialty clinicians who collaborate to provide the best possible individualized care for each patient.

“Weaning patients off the ventilator and hearing the patient speak for the very first time after doing so is the most rewarding part of our day.” Commented Kristin Baroska, Director of Nursing at the hospital. “That and celebrating our patients’ going home make everything come full circle for our dedicated team here!”

About Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey: Located within the campus of a medical center (Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus), Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey is a small, integrated “hospital-within-a-hospital” with the sole focus of caring for medically complex patients directly discharged from the ICU. Under the direction of its chief medical officer, Howard Lebowitz,M.D., a team of highly skilled clinicians work together with specialists to design and implement a therapeutic plan for each patient. Click here for more information about Our Team. On the campus of a larger medical center (Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus), Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey is able to draw from the vast resources of a full-service hospital, while staying singularly focused on the care of particular patients. Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey is an independent entity, offering the benefits of a more individualized hospital setting, combined with such life-support services as ventilator weaning, complex wound care, parenteral nutrition, respiratory and cardiac monitoring, and dialysis. Click here for more information about Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey's Programs and Services.

LTAC Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey receives patients from: NJ and tri-State area. LTAC Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey is an affiliate of AcuteCare Health System. The hospital is located at 600 River Avenue, 4 & 5 West, Lakewood, NJ 08701 P: 877.573.LTAC (5822) – Toll Free