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CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Specialty Hospital

CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Specialty Hospital is a separately licensed long-term acute care hospital serving 13 adjacent Deep East Texas counties. The 26-bed facility is located on the 5th and 6th floors of CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin. Memorial Specialty Hospital is dedicated to the care of the critically ill and/or medically complex patient with long-term care needs.

Our Services

CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Specialty Hospital provides 24-hour nursing and respiratory care. The hospital's highly qualified and specialized physicians provide intensive treatment specific to the needs of each patient. Additionally, the hospital's design allows access to traditional and specialized treatment options such as surgery, interventional radiology, radiation and many other services. 

Among the many services available at CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Specialty Hospital:

  • Ventilator management and weaning, intubation
  • Tracheotomy management and decannulation
  • Complex pneumonia management
  • Cardiac hemodynamic monitoring and stabilization
  • Specialty intravenous fluid management
  • Management of unstable renal patients
  • Sepsis management
  • Bedside procedures
  • Central and peripherally inserted venous catheters
  • Percuatneous Tracheotomy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Social Services
  • Wound Care
  • Clinical Pharmacy Services
  • Registered Dietician evaluation and management

Admission Process

Referrals are encouraged from any area; admission is subject to case management evaluation and administrative approval. All patients are evaluated in order to determine medical necessity. For more information regarding the admission process, please call (936) 639-7770.

Service Area

CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Specialty Hospital is a regional long-term acute care hospital (LTAC) serving Angelina County and 13 adjacent Deep East Texas counties.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a transitional care hospital?
  • Why wouldn’t I stay at a short-term hospital?
  • Why would I be referred to Memorial Specialty Hospital as an option when I leave the hospital?
  • What kinds of patients are at Memorial Specialty Hospital?
  • What is the difference between Memorial Specialty Hospital and a nursing center or rehabilitation hospital?
  • How does the admissions process work?
  • Will insurance cover treatment at Memorial Specialty Hospital?
  • Will my doctor from the hospital follow me to Memorial Specialty Hospital?
  • Does Memorial Specialty Hospital provide rehabilitation services? When does treatment begin?
  • Where do people go when they leave Memorial Specialty Hospital?

What is a Transitional Care Hospital?

When you leave a traditional hospital, you may need continued care to recover completely. Memorial Specialty Hospital, certified as a long-term acute care hospital, offers the same in-depth care you would receive in a traditional hospital or intensive care unit, but for an extended recovery period. 

We partner with your primary care physician and offer 24-hour clinical care, seven days a week so you can start your journey to wellness.

Why Wouldn't I Stay at a Short-Term Hospital?

The goal of a traditional hospital is to diagnose and stabilize your condition to help you recover as quickly as possible after pressing health issues -- emergencies brought on by illness or an accident -- for usually a few days or a week.

However, sometimes a quick recovery is unrealistic -- you may be too sick or otherwise medically complex and need specialized care and extended recovery time. In that case, you need a transitional care hospital, also known as a long-term hospital.

Why Would I be Referred to Memorial Specialty Hospital as an Option When I Leave the Hospital?

A process called discharge planning begins immediately upon admission to any hospital to ensure you are in the appropriate care setting for your  medical needs. You care coordinator may have suggested Memorial Specialty Hospital because:

  • You need more recovery time in a hospital setting
  • We specialize in treating your diagnoses
  • You require daily monitoring by a physician(s)
  • You require term-based care

Traditional hospital treat your short-term medical needs for typically four to five days, but our hospital has an additional Medicare certification that allows you to receive in-depth care for an extended time. 

What Kinds of Patients are at Memorial Specialty Hospital?

You might be referred to us if you:

  • Are dependent upon a ventilator or other technology used for regular breathing
  • Have medically complex conditions such as pulmonary disease, neurological deficits, cardiac disease, renal (kidney) failure requiring dialysis, wound care, infectious diseases or complications following surgery
  • Have simultaneous chronic conditions or multi-system organ failure with significant loss of independence
  • Need extended care or recovery time after a traditional hospital stay

Our goal is to help you efficiently transition to the next step of your treatment plan to regain your independence through specialized care.

What is the Difference Between Memorial Specialty Hospital and a Nursing Center or Rehabilitation Hospital?

At our hospital, you receive a higher level of specialized care than the care provided in a skilled nursing center. Under our care, you have 24-hour physician or physician-extender coverage and are seen at least once per day by the attending physician. We provide round-the-clock nursing care and special critical care in intensive units.

How Does the Admission Process Work?

Referrals are encouraged from any area; admission is subject to case management evaluation and administrative approval. All patients are evaluated in order to determine medical necessity. For more information regarding the admission process, please call (936) 639-7770.

Will Insurance Cover Treatment at Memorial Specialty Hospital?

Part of the admission process includes verification of insurance. We encourage you and your family to be as familiar with your coverage and benefits as possible; however, if you have any questions, we can refer you to someone in our admissions office who may be able to assist with any financial or insurance questions. 

Will My Doctor from the Hospital Follow Me to Memorial Specialty Hospital?

We encourage all of your physicians to follow your progress in our hospital. If your current physician does not have attending privileges, we can recommend a hospitalist, a doctor who specializes in the care given in a hospital setting, who will communicate with your primary care physician on a regular basis.

Rest assured, you are in good hands. We offer quality, 24-hour physician coverage.

Does Memorial Specialty Hospital Provide Rehabilitation Services? When Does Treatment Begin?

We believe early rehabilitation is essential for recovering strength and function. Our rehabilitation team includes:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists

Assessment begins immediately, and the duration and frequency of daily therapy sessions will depend on your tolerance level.

Where Do People Go When They Leave Memorial Specialty Hospital?

When you are ready to leave our hospital, we will help you find an option for the next level of care:

  • Home health
  • Acute rehabilitation
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Skilled nursing center
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Any applicable outpatient services
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