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  • April 26, 2017 - SSH – Erie Earns Pulmonary Center of Excellence Designation

    Select Specialty Hospital (SSH) – Erie recently received the Pulmonary Center of Excellence (PCOE) designation from their parent company, Select Medical. This award is exclusive to facilities in the Select Medical family of hospitals.

    “Here at Select, we feel a very real responsibility to provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Dr. Samuel Hammerman, MD, MMM, CPE, FCCP, Chief Medical Officer for Select Medical. “We already maintain very high standards for ourselves, often well above national benchmarks. However, this designation means a hospital has met even more rigorous protocols to take it to the next level of care.”

    The designation certifies that a hospital provides the absolute very latest protocols and best practices in the nation for mechanical ventilation and care. Beginning in 2015, many within Select Medical’s network of 112 specialty sites began the rigorous process of applying for this designation.

    “Our goal is simple – maximize a patient’s level of function while decreasing or eliminating the need for mechanical ventilation,” said Gloria Skinner, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Select Medical. “Our hospitals already do this well, but the new designation means a hospital has gone above and beyond to truly maximize the highest discharge-to-home rate possible. This should return even more patients to a high-quality, productive life.”

    Hospitals that demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of ventilator weaning and patient mobility, along with establish medication protocols and effective strategies for minimizing ventilator associated pneumonia receive the PCOE designation. SSH-Erie’s pulmonary team is comprised of pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists, dieticians and other specialists, all trained in caring for the acute pulmonary patient.



    April 10, 2015 - SSH - Erie Wins Humanitarian Award
    Select Specialty Hospital – Erie was recently awarded the Select Medical Stu Dinney Humanitarian Award. Named after the late  Stu Dinney, a long time company executive, this award celebrates the best of human nature and illustrates the power of reaching out to those in need. SSH - Erie was recognized for consistently participating in numerous community fund raisers, with much of the proceeds going to support their local soup kitchen, food bank and mission.
    July 23, 2013 - SSH-Erie Named 2013 Quality Respiratory Care Institute
    The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has named Select Specialty Hospital Erie a 2013 Quality Respiratory Care Institute.  To earn this distinction, we had to demonstrate and ensure patient safety by adhering to strict set of criteria which governs respiratory care services. Only 700 of 5,000 hospitals in the US have received this distinction.  Select Specialty Hospital Erie provides a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and is committed to quality patient care.