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BayCare Alliant Hospital is licensed as a 48-bed long term acute care specialty hospital and accredited by The Joint Commission. Alliant Hospital provides extended acute care services to patients requiring a longer period of time for medical treatment and recovery. As a “hospital within a hospital,” we offer 24-hour easy accessibility to emergency room physicians, diagnostic testing, radiology, laboratory and surgical services. Our RN/LPNs are ACLS certified and receive critical care training, and we have a comprehensive interdisciplinary team approach which includes 24-hour respiratory services, rehabilitation, nutrition, case management, social services and pharmacy. Physicians make daily rounds and have the full resources of Mease Dunedin Hospital.

Medicare and most insurance companies have recognized the crucial role that a long term acute care hospital (LTCH) plays in the continuum of care. Criteria have been established to identify patients that qualify for long term acute care (LTAC) admission; and diagnoses have been identified as being LTCH appropriate.

If you have a question as to whether your family member meets LTCH admission criteria, please contact BayCare Alliant Hospital's admissions department at (727) 734-6791.

The following diagnoses and conditions are examples of appropriate admissions to a long term acute care hospital:

Cardiovascular Related:

  • Cardiac arrhythmias requiring cardiac monitoring
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Post open-heart surgery
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Vascular diseases

Complex Medical Needs Related:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Malignant or End stage diseases 
  • Malnutrition
  • Multi-system organ failure
  • Renal Failure

Complex Rehabilitation Related:

  • Degenerative muscular diseases
  • Degenerative neurologic diseases
  • Head injury
  • Immune System
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Multiple trauma
  • Paraplegia / Quadraplegia
  • Post-amputation
  • Rheumatoid Diseases
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke

Infectious Diseases Related:

  • Bacterial Infections (Bacteremia, MRSA, Sepsis, VRE)
  • Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)
  • Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)
  • Viral Infections (Encephalitis, Meningitis)
  • Skin Infections (Cellulitis)

Respiratory Related:

  • Complex respiratory needs
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Ventilator management and weaning

Wound Care Related:

  • Post-amputation wound care
  • Specialized dressing changes or wound care
  • Surgical wound infection care

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