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Consumer Guide: Ventilator Care Units

The Division of Medicaid Services approves certain ventilator units at medical facilities in Wisconsin. Approved units are certified to care for people who need a ventilator to breathe. Here, we list approved ventilator units and other resources.

Approved ventilator units

Approved ventilator units are listed by city. If you have questions, reach out to the contact for that unit.

For questions or updates, email Elizabeth Laubenstein at Elizabeth.Laubenstein@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Chippewa Falls

Address:
Dove Healthcare - Regional Vent Center
2815 County Highway I
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Type: Short/long-term ventilator care, weaning

Capacity: 31 private rooms

Contact:
Paula Hinrichs
715-726-3850

Green Bay

Address:
1640 Shawano Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54303

Type: Short/long-term ventilator care, weaning

Capacity: 10 private rooms

Contact:
Administrator
920-499-5177, ext. 2020

Manitowoc

Address:
1445 North 7th St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Type: Short/long-term ventilator care, weaning

Capacity: 11 private rooms

Contact:
Director of Nursing
920-682-0314

Milwaukee

Address:
7500 W. Dean Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223

Type: Short/long-term ventilator care

Capacity: 28 private rooms

Contact:
Christine Wienke
414-373-7493

Wausau

Address:
2400 Marshall St.
Wausau, WI 54403

Type: Short/long-term ventilator care, weaning

Capacity: 25 private rooms

Contact:
Julie Lucko, CSW
Resident Relations/Admissions
715-581-3422

West Allis

Address:
Maplewood Center
3023 South 84th St.
West Allis, WI 53227

Type: Short/long-term ventilator care

Capacity: 59 beds

Contact:
Tina Keller or Jill Holberg
414-607-4344

West Allis

Address:
9047 W. Greenfield Ave.
West Allis, WI 53214

Type: Short/long-term ventilator care, weaning

Capacity: 34 private rooms

Contact:
Felicia Heredia
262-879-4495 or fax 859-317-4048
 

Related topics

For providers: requests for ventilator units

Are you a provider? Would you like to request any of the following?

  • To start a ventilator unit
  • To expand or decrease beds in a current ventilator unit
  • To close a ventilator unit

If yes, please send a letter of intent to dhsdmsbrs@dhs.wisconsin.gov. Include these details in the letter (if they apply):

  • Name and address of the facility
  • Specific changes the facility wants to make to the ventilator unit
  • Date that the changes will take place
  • Contact information for the unit
  • A letter from the Division of Quality Assurance Office of Plan Review and Inspection. They must approve the new unit’s construction plan. Learn more about the plan review process.

Provider contacts

For hospital fee-for-service reimbursement questions, email dhsdmsbrs@dhs.wisconsin.gov, or call the Bureau of Rate Setting at 608-266-5279.

For prior authorization questions, call Provider Services at 800-947-9627. Prior authorization means the health care provider must get approval from a health plan before giving a service. Criteria for prior authorization includes:

  • The patient depends on a ventilator for life support for at least six hours per day.
  • The diagnosis is consistent with the International Classification of Diseases code for ventilator dependency.
  • The request shows either that trying to get the patient off the ventilator (wean) wouldn’t be appropriate or that attempts to wean have failed at least two times.
  • The request has documented that the care needs are the same as the level of care at a skilled nursing facility.
  • The skilled nursing facility is approved as a ventilator unit. Providers also must be trained and skilled in respiratory and ventilator care.
Last revised February 9, 2024