The Admission Process
How to Get Started
Patient referrals are typically faxed from the referring facility. Our Clinical/Community Liaison will then assess the patient for LTACH criteria. The patient’s insurance will be verified to make sure we are in-network. If the patient meets criteria, our admissions team will complete an assessment and if necessary submit to the insurance company for approval.
Referrals can be sent to our admissions department fax at (270) 415-6988.
Who We Treat
Our facility is licensed under Medicare as a long-term acute care hospital, providing care for critically ill and medically complex patients who require a longer acute care stay than a traditional hospital. There are several criteria patients must meet for admission eligibility.
- Require acute care services as determined by a physician assessment
- Cannot be treated effectively at a lower level of care
- Have multiple acute complexities that require daily intervention by a physician
Patients requiring the following medical services may also eligible for admission:
- Mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure
- Pulmonary hygiene
- Tracheotomy with respiratory insufficiency
- Exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- IV and oral anticoagulation/therapeutic INR (international normalized ratio)
- Post cardiac surgery with acute care needs
- External wound infection management
- Stage III or IV decubitus ulcer care
- Complex medical conditions
- High-level orthopedic conditions
- Pre- and post-organ transplant care
- Low-tolerance rehabilitation
Directions & Parking
Directions: From I-24, turn North toward Paducah at Exit 7 on U.S. 45. Go straight until you pass CVS on your right, then turn right at the intersection of U.S. 62 (Jackson Street). Turn left at the second light onto 28th Street (Joe Clifton Drive). Turn right at the first light; the hospital and parking lots are on your left.
Parking: There is no fee for parking. You may park in the parking lot in front of the hospital or in the parking garage. Enter the hospital through the Doctor’s Office Building 2 Atrium, also known as the Larry Barton Atrium. From there you will go to the right, past the Cafe and Uniform Headquarters. Go left and use the elevators across from the Gift Shop. Go up to the 5th floor. You will need to check in at the nurses station.
Mary Lockhart serves as the Case Manager for our patients. She can be reached at (270) 575-2961.
Mary meets with the patient and/or family within 1-2 days of patient arrival. She then discusses the discharge plan and works with the patient/family and physicians are getting the patient to those goals throughout the patient’s hospital stay.
We work with a group of dedicated physicians who manage the medical needs of patients admitted to our hospital. They may also help to explain a medical procedure, update the family on their loved one’s condition or plan appropriate care after discharge. Once a patient is discharged from our hospital, any follow-up appointments should be made with the patient’s primary care physician.
Dr. Richard Scott Wilson
Consulting Physicians on Staff:
Patient Care Conference
Meetings are held weekly, typically on Wednesdays. This round table discussion includes each patient to discuss their goals of care, plans for discharge, progress, barriers, etc.
Attendees: Medical Director, Case Manager, Therapy Team (PT, OT, SLP), Respiratory Therapist, Pharmacist, Dietician, Nursing
Learn About Our Services
Quality Care for the Critically Ill
Our hospital provides long term acute care for patients who require a long-term hospital stay. Many patients require an intensive level of care.
The ContinueCARE Difference
ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Paducah offers several unique benefits for patients and family members:
- We provide care with an interdisciplinary approach
- Our team of specialists works together for optimal patient outcomes
- Each patient has an individualized care plan based on their needs and preferences