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Laredo Specialty Hospital First in Laredo to Earn National Accreditation

Bringing nationally recognized care to the local community


Laredo Specialty Hospital is the first hospital in Laredo, Texas, to earn The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification in Respiratory Failure. The hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Respiratory Failure after a rigorous on-site review this past month.

“This certification means we’re providing the highest level of respiratory failure care available in the nation right here to patients in our own community,” says Hanna Huang, Chief Operating Officer of Laredo Specialty Hospital, “It’s significant because it reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective care to our patients.”

Respiratory failure occurs when there isn’t enough oxygen passing from the lungs into the body’s bloodstream. Oxygen-rich blood is needed to help the body’s organs – such as the heart and brain – function properly.

Dr. Benson Yu Huang, Medical Director of Laredo Specialty Hospital, continues to explain. “Respiratory failure also can occur if a patient’s lungs can’t remove carbon dioxide from the blood,” he says. “Carbon dioxide is a waste gas that also can harm a body’s organs.”

Different types of diseases can cause respiratory failure, including lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, or cystic fibrosis. Respiratory failure also can be caused by conditions that affect the nerves and muscles that control breathing such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, and muscular dystrophy.

Certification through The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Program is voluntary and addresses three main areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“Through our services, we want to provide hope and quality of life to our community members who are experiencing these debilitating events,” Huang says. “This certification provides us with the framework to continue a culture of excellence for patients in our community.”

The hospital provides hundreds of patients in Laredo and surrounding areas every year with long-term acute and critical care services. These patients, who are recovering from serious illnesses or injuries, often need care for medically complex conditions such as trauma, infectious diseases, wound healing, cardiovascular disease, stroke, amputations, and respiratory failure.

The hospital, which is located at 2005 Bustamante St., Laredo, features all private patient rooms, and a 6-bed intensive care unit. The hospital also features a 5,000-square-foot therapy gym with private treatment rooms.

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Laredo Specialty Hospital celebró 10 años de existencia

Laredo Specialty Hospital celebró 10 años de servicio a la comunidad el martes 17 de mayo.
Por tal motivo, realizaron una fiesta para celebrar con los empleados y comunidad en general.
Pollo asado, cabrito, fajita, costillitas, frijoles y música, fueron parte de lo disfrutado esa tarde.
Mario Rodriguez, director de operaciones de área para LSH, dijo sentirse honrado de poder servir a la comunidad.

Rodríguez agradeció a los médicos y empleados por su arduo trabajo.

También agradeció a los pacientes por permitir al hospital atenderlos.

Rodríguez dijo que cuando el oficial fue establecido, abrió con tres pacientes.

Actualmente, cuentan con 60 camas para servir a la comunidad.

Cuarenta camas están ubicadas en Laredo Specialty Hospital y 20 en Laredo Rehabilitation Hospital.

Laredo Specialty Hospital ofrece servicios de cuidado intensivo a largo plazo para pacientes recuperándose de una enfermedad grave o lesiones. Tales condiciones incluyen traumatismo, enfermedades infeciossas, sanar de heridas, llagas, enfermedades cardiovasculares, uso de ventiladores y falla respiratoria. Laredo Specialty Hospital también ofrece cuidado por parte de enfermeras, terapias físicas, ocupacionales y del habla, cuidado respiratorio, control del dolor, uso de ventilador y atención a heridas. El hospital ofrece cuartos privados para los pacientes, una unidad de cuidados intensivos con seis camas y un área de terapia con un gimnasio de 5.200 pies cuadrados.


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Laredo Specialty Hospital opens new Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) – The opening of Laredo Specialty Hospital’s new Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center could mean a breath of fresh air for it’s visitors.

Attendees were invited to Friday’s event to tour the service and meet the medical director and hospital staff.

The Hyperbaric Chambers provide oxygen therapy – involving breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to treat serious infections, air bubbles in the blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

The center currently features three hyperbaric chambers, with plans to expand to five of them.

Click Here to view this story on KGNS’ website.

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Another reason to Love Laredo’s Health Care

Laredo Rehabilitation Hospital is a new 20-bed freestanding facility that provides intensive physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from strokes, brain, spinal cord and orthopedic injuries, and other impairments as a result of injury or illness. Individuals also are treated for chronic illnesses such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease.

The hospital is a member of Ernest Health, Inc., which consistently has its rehabilitation hospitals recognized in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals nationwide for care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

The hospital’s medical team works with patients and their family members to create individualized treatment plans so patients can progress at their own ability levels. The medical team includes specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, and occupational, speech and physical therapists – among other medical professionals. All patients receive 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care and physician management. The hospital features all private rooms and a well-equipped therapy area. Patient services also include a stroke program and an amputation program.

“Patients are our priority,” says Larisa Higgins, Chief Operating Officer of the hospital. “We’re passionate about patient care and consider it a privilege to provide services to patients and their family members in the Laredo community.”

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Local Hospitals Exceed National Standards in Patient Care

Laredo Specialty Hospital and Laredo Rehabilitation Hospital provide patients from Laredo and surrounding areas with specialized medical and rehabilitative care, consistently exceeding national standards in patient care.

The hospitals’ patient care results are compared quarterly to other long-term acute care and rehabilitation hospitals throughout the nation. Laredo Specialty Hospital’s results are reviewed and provided by the National Association of Long-Term Care Hospitals. The organization compares hospitals nationally on patient case mix, discharges, ventilator weaning, and wound rate. Laredo Rehabilitation Hospital’s patient care results are reviewed and provided by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, comparing patient case mix, discharges, and change of patients’ physical and cognitive skills from admission to discharge.

“I believe we have consistently exceeded national averages because of the hospitals’ multidisciplinary teams and the dedication of the physicians who practice here,” says Mario Rodriguez, Area Director of Operations of Laredo Specialty Hospital and Laredo Rehabilitation Hospital. “We are passionate about patient care and never take our responsibility to our patients for granted. I think that our commitment is reflected in these results.”

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Laredo Specialty Hospital hosted its annual Hospital Employee of the Year Banquet. Mario Rodriguez, Laredo Specialty Hospital Chief Executive Officer presented Jose Longoria with the 2014 Employee of the Year Award. Mr. Longoria was recognized for his diligence and commitment to the Hospital’s Guiding Principles. Mr. Longoria is a Licensed Pharmacist and has been employed at Laredo Specialty Hospital for 9 years.


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