Case Studies

Bethesda Hospital

Long-term acute care for medically complex patients.
Bethesda Hospital

Case Studies


  • Age: 60
  • Qualifying condition(s): Multiple conditions including respiratory failure, tracheotomy, surgical site wound, perforated stomach, malnourished, delirious, de-conditioned, in constant pain, depressed
  • Treatment: Integrated, multispecialty approach including continuous infusion of pain medications, proper nourishment, ventilator/trach weaning with daily breathing training and education, wound care management with wound VAC, physical therapy, TCU for additional recuperation
  • Length of stay: 2 months
  • Outcome: Alert and aware with minimal pain and anxiety, overcame respiratory distress, improved eating, progressed healing of surgical wound, ability to dress and groom herself, discharged only needing assistance of a walker


  • Age: 48
  • Qualifying condition(s): Diagnosed with multiple myeloma, post-operative complications after bone marrow transplant, need for frequent evaluations
  • Treatment: Coordinated, interdisciplinary, personalized plan of care, intensive customized medical and therapeutic treatments, puzzles and mind teasers, family care conference
  • Length of stay: 1 month
  • Outcome: Discharged to home with his family


  • Age: Undisclosed
  • Qualifying condition(s): Medically induced coma following pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), staph infection, ventilator and trach, unable to walk, talk or write, medically complex needs
  • Treatment: Personalized plan, respiratory care, strength building, complex medical care, evaluations by a wound nurse, wound care (VAC), family care conference, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, pet therapy, TCA IV, HealthEast Home Care, future surgery for fistula
  • Length of stay: 2.5 months
  • Outcome: Regained her ability to walk, talk, write, use the computer and handle everyday activities, discharged to home

Bethesda patient story: Carol Kraft

Watch this video about Carol's experience at Bethesda.