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What is long-term acute care?

Most people who need inpatient hospital services are admitted to an “acute care” hospital for a relatively short amount of time. But patients with medically complex conditions may be referred to a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) — which is also certified as an acute hospital — for continued care beyond their original hospital stay.

These patients are transferred from an acute hospital’s intensive or critical care units to long-term acute care hospitals like Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital. Here, they can receive additional long-term acute care or critical care services. LTACHs specialize in treating patients who may have more than one serious condition,
but who may improve with time and care and return home.

At Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital, we provide long-term acute care services to patients who are recovering from serious illnesses or injuries. Often these individuals require additional critical care services for medically complex conditions such as trauma, infectious disease, wound healing, cardiovascular disease, stroke, amputation, and ventilator weaning.

Why should I choose Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital?

Patients are our priority.

At Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital, we are passionate about patient care. We consider it a privilege to be able to provide services to patients and their families throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska. We are committed to providing the highest level of care available, and never take our responsibility to our patients for granted.

We strive to create healing and nurturing environments for our patients that not only meet their medical needs, but address their emotional and social needs as well.
We believe that this comprehensive approach helps our patients recover more fully.

Our hospital is recognized nationally for our respiratory services, meeting stringent guidelines that put us in the top 15 percent of hospitals nationwide.

We consider it a privilege to be able to offer high-level care and are honored to be a vital part of Northern Colorado and the surrounding area that we serve.

How long has Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital been around?

Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital has been providing long-term acute care and critical care services to our patients since 2007.

Every year, we treat more than 200 patients who are recovering from serious injuries or illnesses.

How do I get referred to Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital?

Your physician or a healthcare provider will coordinate your continued long-term acute care, so it’s important to discuss your options and preferences with them. You may request Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital through your physician or a healthcare provider who will take the proper steps to coordinate your care with us.
To ensure we are the best fit for your medical needs, all potential patients are evaluated individually to ensure an appropriate admission to the right hospital setting for their recovery.

Can I go to Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital even if I do not live in Northern Colorado?

Yes. We treat patients throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska. The hospital’s location was selected intentionally so that we can best provide services to the Johnstown, Colorado community we are in and surrounding areas as well.

Can I pay my bill online?

Yes. Please click below to pay your bill online.


Can I stay overnight with a loved one in the hospital?

Yes. Family members are allowed, however, we encourage only one overnight guest as your loved one will need time for rest and healing. Please work closely with your loved one’s nurse to make arrangements.

Also, for those who would like a place to stay nearby, we have negotiated discounted rates at Hampton Inn Loveland, Fairfield Inn and Suites Loveland, Residence Inn Loveland, and Best Western Crossroads Inn Loveland. Mention that you are a family member of a patient of Ernest Health/Northern Colorado Long-Term Acute Care Hospital when you make your reservation or at check-in.

Can I be involved with my loved one’s treatment?

Yes. You may be involved in your loved one’s treatment with his or her permission. We feel it’s critical for patients and their family members to be involved with our medical staff as much as possible.

Our medical professionals work as a team with our patients and their family members to create individualized treatment plans so our patients can recover fully.

If I have a concern about my treatment, who should I contact?

Your satisfaction with our services during your recovery process is very important to us. During your stay, if there is anything we can do to make your stay more conducive to your healing process – or if you have a question or concern – we encourage you to talk to any member of your medical team or the leadership staff.

How can I apply for a career at Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital?

We keep an updated list of career opportunities available through our web site. Please click here to learn more or to apply.