Ventilator Care

LSS The Good Shepherd Ventilator Unit and Pulmonary Care is a state-of-the-art facility that provides innovative and high-tech care to patients experiencing acute and chronic respiratory disorders and is the only one of its kind in Ashland, Wayne and Richland counties.

Our in-house respiratory therapists, registered nurses and care team provide care 24/7 to treat and manage symptoms and make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Read the Ashland Times-Gazette article about our ventilator unit.

The ventilator care team specializes in:

  • Ventilator management — weanable and chronic
  • Tracheostomy and pulmonary management
  • Sleep apnea testing
  • CPAP/BIPAP management
  • On-site swallowing evaluations (FEES testing)
  • EarlySense cutting-edge cardiac and respiratory monitoring
  • VOCSN multi-function ventilator (Vent, Oxygen, Cough Assist, Suction, Nebulizer)
  • Chest Vest physiotherapy
  • Arterial Blood Gases (ABGs), EKG testing on-site
  • Aviro high flow oxygen therapy
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy available 7 days/week
We have RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS AND Registered Nurses in-house 24/7 and a Nurse Practitioner on-site M-F.

Treating acute or chronic disorders related to:

  • Acute Respiratory Disorders
  • Chronic Lung Disease
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Post Surgical Complications
  • Neurological Injuries


Introducing your Respiratory Therapy Team

Kristy Bogner, RRT, our Respiratory Therapy Manager, and the entire respiratory therapy team offers compassionate personalized care and respiratory therapy that ensures  the fullest recovery possible.

Our respiratory therapists are on site every day, all day to attend to the very specialized needs of  ventilator patients.  For patients with acute conditions, the respiratory therapists work closely with our physicians and nurse practitioner to reduce ventilator dependency with the goal to fully liberate patients from the ventilator.  For those with chronic conditions that will remain dependent on a ventilator, our respiratory therapy team will manage the care of your loved one in the safest manner possible with the goal of improving their quality of life

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Brent’s Story

Brent, 65, was about to be discharged from the hospital after heart bypass surgery when his heart went out of rhythm. This started a series of medical events that led to respiratory failure and a stroke.  He was placed on a ventilator and transferred to a larger hospital for care.  Eventually, he needed to be released to a skilled care facility. However, he was still on a ventilator and the number of places that could handle this level of care, and were near his home in Holmes County, were limited.

A friend told Brent’s wife, Vickie, about TGS.  After visiting and learning that TGS had excellent ratings, Vickie said, “There was no doubt about it. We were going to TGS.”

Vickie explained, “When we came to TGS, he wasn’t walking or speaking and was dependent on a feeding tube. He couldn’t get off the ventilator.  I was nervous about coming from the hospital where we had constant attention, and we were scared that was going to change.  We needed a lot of reassurances.”

However, from the first moment at TGS all their concerns were eliminated. Brent had a nurse and respiratory therapist assigned to him 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as access to other specialists.  Slowly but surely, Brent was weaned off the ventilator.  Once he overcame the first hurdle, he progressed quickly.  A speech therapist helped him learn to speak and swallow again, so he can now eat almost anything.  He also worked with occupational and physical therapists, and now his goal is to walk without the aid of a walker.

Finally, six months after his bypass, Brent was ready to go home.  TGS staff helped Vickie prepare for her husband’s return by teaching her how she will need to care for him at home.

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