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For both patients and hospitals, SCU delivers unprecedented outcomes.

A History of Care for Critically Ill Patients

Founded in 1991, SCU has built its reputation on successfully weaning critical care patients from ventilators, while taking a hands-on approach with patients and their families. Today the company and its 300 employees are recognized as the leader in ventilator liberation.

The secret to our success is a commitment to putting the patient at the center of our operations. These are not empty words - we literally consolidate all of the hospital's vent-dependent patients into one unit and then assemble a 100% dedicated team whose sole accountability is to care for, and ultimately discharge, patients from the unit.

By stripping away distance and distractions, we are able to deliver multiple therapies several times a day. This intensive approach has proven to be the most effective protocol to accelerate weaning and recovery, while reducing hospital readmissions.

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Our Team

We employ a wide variety of medical professionals including:

  • Registered Nurses trained in Critical Care and Rehabilitative medicine

  • Respiratory Therapists

  • Speech Pathologists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Primary Physicians

  • Nurse Case Managers


Given the fragility and medical complexity of our patients, we require staff to have significant experience with our typical patient profile. For instance, all Respiratory Therapists are required to have a minimum of 5 years experience working with ventilator dependent patients.


In addition, all SCU Nurses and Respiratory Therapists are required to be ACLS certified and all Patient Care Technicians are required to have a current BLS certification.

Beyond these criteria is the requirement to demonstrate the compassion and commitment to deliver care to our standards. Only the best become members of our team.

Our Focus

Hospital acquired conditions and readmissions are directly linked to how long a patient is on a ventilator. Reduce the days on a ventilator and reduce the risk for negative outcomes. It's that simple.


That's why ventilator weaning is our specialty. Our efforts and results are unmatched: delivering patients back to their families sooner than expected and reducing readmissions too. 

Case Studies

Uncommon skills and dedication combine to deliver uncommon outcomes for patients and hospitals.


While each patient and condition is unique, our approach is always the same: quality first, last, and always, with a singular focus on ventilator liberation. 

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