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  • June 15, 2016 - SSH – Muskegon Earns Pulmonary Center of Excellence Designation

    Select Specialty Hospital (SSH) – Muskegon 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 more than 100 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-Muskegon’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.



    September 22, 2015 - Great Lakes Specialty Hospitals to Change Name; Patients and Families Will Continue to Receive the Same Superior Service

    Great Lakes Specialty Hospital - Oak, LLC and Great Lakes Specialty Hospital - Hackley, LLC ("Great Lakes Specialty Hospitals") will be doing business as Select Specialty Hospital - Grand Rapids and Select Specialty Hospital - Muskegon, respectively. The name change is reflection of the existing relationship between the Great Lakes Specialty Hospitals and Select Medical, one of the nation's largest providers of specialized care.

    Long-term acute care hospitals in the Select Medical family operate under the names Regency or Select Specialty Hospital. SSH - Grand Rapids is a 20-bed facility and serves the Grand Rapids and western Michigan region; SSH – Muskegon is a 31-bed facility serving the western Michigan region along the lakeshore.

    The hospitals provide long-term acute care hospitalization to promote healing and recovery from critical and complex medical and surgical conditions. Programs and services have been designed to fit in the continuum of health care for those patients that are critically ill and need a longer acute hospitalization for their recovery. Select Specialty Hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission, Medicare certified and licensed by the state in which they are located.

    Select Medical's more than 40,000 employees operate or support more than 100 hospitals specializing in long-term acute care, 17 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, and nearly 1,500 outpatient centers offering physical and occupational therapy and/or occupational medicine. It also provides medical rehabilitation services on a contracted basis to more than 400 nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living and senior care centers, schools and work sites. Select Medical and its parent company, Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SEM), are based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit or