Ventilator Care

Introducing LSS The Good Shepherd Ventilator Unit and Pulmonary Care. This state-of-the-art facility 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 are available 24/7 to treat and manage symptoms and make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The Times-Gazette recently wrote about our new Ventilator Unit.

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The ventilator care team specializes in:

  • Ventilator Management — Weanable and Ventilator Dependent
  • Trach Management
  • Sleep Apnea tests
  • CPAP/BIPAP Management
  • On-site swallowing evaluations (FEES testing)
  • Cutting-edge heart/respiratory monitoring
  • All-in-one Vent (O2, Cough Assist, Suction)
  • Chest Vest physiotherapy
  • Arterial Blood Gases (ABGs), EKG Testing
  • Heated humidity, hi-flow oxygen therapy
  • PT, OT and speech therapy available 7 days/week
We have Registered Nurses in-house 24/7 and a Nurse Practitioner on-site M-F.

Treating acute or chronic disorders related to:

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


Introducing your Patient Navigator Team

Jamie Bickel, RRT, our Respiratory Therapy Manager and the entire PNT team offers compassionate personalized care and respiratory therapy that ensures a successful recovery and return to home.

Our respiratory therapists are on site every day, all day to attend to the very specialized needs of respiratory patients.

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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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