Critical care is not something you look forward to, but, in Charleston County, it is always near if a life-threatening need comes your way.
Vibra Hospital, located in the center of Mount Pleasant, cares for patients with complex medical issues requiring a longer stay in a hospital setting to recover.
“Our patients have very complex medical needs and often have been in an intensive care unit suffering from a critical illness,” said Salvatore Aquilina, chief marketing officer with Vibra Hospital. “At Vibra, we will treat the acute illness and existing chronic illnesses to help patients recover.”
Hospitalist service, pulmonology medicine, nephrology, infectious disease medicine, surgical coverage and wound care specialists all are on-site.
“Our respiratory care team works closely with physicians, nursing staff and our full rehabilitation department to promote healing from complex issues, wean them from ventilators and make their overall recovery as seamless as possible,” Aquilina said. “In addition, we are able to provide in-house dialysis for patients with acute kidney injury or chronic kidney failure.”
An average stay can be a few weeks at Vibra. During that time, patients receive the necessary medical treatment but also begin rehabilitation if possible.
“Rehabilitation becomes a larger part of recovery as the patient progresses,” Aquilina said. “This level of care promotes healing using an interdisciplinary approach to care, maximizes the patient’s potential and is designed to prevent re-admissions to acute-care facilities.”
The COVID pandemic of 2020 and 2021 brought new challenges to Vibra, but, because the hospital was set up for critical care, many procedures continued without interruption. The Respiratory team, for instance, which now supplies Vibra’s No. 1 medical care service, successfully weaned 82% of its patients off ventilators and intubated 24 others for mechanical ventilation.
Everyone wants to get well as quickly as they can, but short recoveries aren’t always possible.
“Not every patient can recover in a few days or even a few weeks,” Aquilina said. “Critical care hospitals like Vibra offer a transitional step for patients who require a high level of care for an extended time and transition to lower levels of care to complete their healing journey.”
Vibra Hospital can handle other medical needs, including:
- Advanced nutrition support;
- Radiology, pharmacy, and laboratory services.
- Medical device, medication and pain management services;
- Specialty treatment programs;
- Family and caregiver education and support services.
Since its founding in 2004, Vibra Healthcare has been helping Americans at 30 hospitals in 13 states. And since the Pandemic, Vibra Hospital employees have gone many necessary extra miles to help patients recover.
“Our level of care has evolved with the growing needs of patients,” Aquilina said. “Although we remain focused on caring for the most complex of respiratory patients – those who require ventilator management and weaning – at Vibra, we also care for a wide range of medically complex patients, with a wide variety of needs that are met by a highly-trained and caring clinical staff.”
For more information, visit vibrahealthcare.com or call 717-591-5700.
By L. C. Leach III