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 also offer dialysis for end stage renal disease
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


staff with ventilator

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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Rose’s Story

While at the hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest and lung collapse, Rose, 60, was told she would never come off a breathing machine for the rest of her life.  Scared and not wanting to have her life limited, Rose decided to come to LSS The Good Shepherd because of our reputation for quality medical care and caring staff.  Upon her arrival, Rose began a thorough ventilator weaning protocol, complete with respiratory therapists on site 24 hours a day delivering the most state-of-the-art clinical procedures and monitoring systems, oxygen delivery, medical aerosol delivery, pulmonary therapy strategies and more.

With a lot of determination and hard work, Rose eventually was weaned off mechanical ventilation with the help of TGS’ team approach and quality PT, OT and speech therapy services.  Now she only requires a small amount of supplemental oxygen and is free to live her life as she pleases, with no special diet. Although glad to be at home with her husband and daughter, Rose says she feels like she was part of the family at TGS and she misses the staff.

patient family

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