Relying on a ventilator to breathe is more than just debilitating. It can rob the individual of dignity, freedom and the chance to live a full and rewarding life.

Our goal is to liberate patients from ventilator dependency so that they can resume their lives. Our success rate is a testament to the commitment we have put towards that effort. Hospital for Special Care is recognized for having the highest ventilator-weaning rate in Connecticut and one of the highest in the country.

The clinical team, led by a pulmonologist, has developed best practices, which have become national standards. For patients, that translates to less pain both physically and emotionally, and superior clinical outcomes.

For patients who are no longer ventilator dependent, it’s important that they stay strong and healthy enough to remain independent. Our outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program gives patients all the support and recourses they need to remain optimal health and fitness. The program combines individual therapy, group exercise and education. Patients who have gone through the program have been able to reduce their hospital and emergency room visits by 88%.