Hospitals provide short-term care for individuals who need the highest level of medical and surgical treatment with specialized staff and equipment. Typically, the level of care provided in a hospital is a higher level than a nursing facility.

There are many types of hospitals:

  • Children's - is a general hospital for intensive care and medical treatment of children, with facilities for long term stays. Age limits may vary, but typically patients receiving care are up to the age 18, but often allow for continuing care of long term childhood illnesses into adulthood. These hospitals generally provide a high level of psychosocial care to meet the special needs of very young patients.
  • Trauma - is a hospital that provides the highest level of trauma care available and specializes in the comprehensive diagnosis equipped and staffed to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries.
  • Rehabilitation - is a facility that provides specialized therapy and 24-hour nursing care for stabilized patients who still need inpatient hospital care to address various neurological, musculoskeletal, orthopedic and other medical conditions.
  • Geriatric - is a generalized hospital with expertise in the treatment and medical care of older adults.
  • Psychiatric - a hospital providing care and treatment for patients with acute and or chronic behavioral or emotional health issues.
  • Veterans - a hospital that provides a wide range of services to veterans, those with military experience, their dependents and other retired military personnel. Services include hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.

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