Ventilator Units

Units specifically designated for the provision of care for people who are ventilator dependent are regulated by the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA). The information below identifies facilities with approved ventilator units in Wisconsin as well as resources and certification information for new and existing providers.

Consumer Information

The following is a list (alphabetized by city) of Wisconsin facilities that have certified units for people who are ventilator-dependent. If you have questions about any of these facilities, please use the contact information for the facility.

Facility Name and Address Capacity and Contact Information

Chippewa Falls
Dove Healthcare
Wissota Health and Regional Vent Center
2815 County Highway I
Chippewa Falls, WI  54729

Type of Program: Short, Long Term & Weaning
Capacity: 36 private rooms
Contact person: Janet Maier, CSW
Phone Number: 715-720-2274

Manitowoc
North Ridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center
North Ridge MGM Healthcare
1445 North 7th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220-2011

Type of Program: Short, Long Term & Weaning
Capacity: 11 private rooms
Contact person: Michael Free
Phone Number: 920-682-0314

Milwaukee
Trinity Ventilator Unit
VMP Trinity Village
7300 W. Dean Road
Milwaukee, WI  53223

Type of Program: Long/Short Term Ventilator Care
Capacity: 29 private rooms
Contact person: Joe Tomisino
Phone Number: 414-607-4344

Wausau
Northwinds Vent Community
Mount View Care Center
2400 Marshall Street
Wausau, WI  54403

Type of Program: Short/Long Term & Weaning
Capacity: 25 private rooms
Contact Person: Julie Lucko, CSW (Resident Relations/Admissions)
Phone Number: 715-581-3422

West Allis
Palmer & Maplewood Center
VMP Manor Park
3023 South 84th Street
West Allis, WI  53227

Type of Program: Long/Short Term Ventilator Care
Capacity: 23 private rooms
Contact Person: Joe Tomisino
Phone Number: 414-607-4195

Resources

Useful resources for consumers and providers of mechanical ventilation units:

Resources – Financial Questions

Hospital fee-for-service reimbursement questions: email Randy McElhose or call 608-267-7127.

Prior Authorization (PA) questions: email Barb Evans or call 608-261-7783. PA criteria includes the following:

  • The recipient is ventilator dependent. (Vent dependency means that the recipient is dependent on a ventilator for life support for no less than 6 hours per day.)
  • The diagnosis must be consistent with ICD diagnosis codes for vent dependency.
  • The request shows either that weaning attempts would be inappropriate or that weaning attempts have failed with at least 2 trials before admission.
  • The request must document the care needs are consistent with the level of care of an SNF facility.
  • The SNF facility must be approved for vent care.
  • Providers must be specially trained and competent in respiratory and vent care.

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Provider Information

A letter of intent should be submitted for facilities requesting to start a new ventilator unit, expand or decrease beds in a current unit, or close a ventilator unit. 

A letter of intent must be sent to:

Division of Quality Assurance
Attention: Nikki Andrews
1 West Wilson St, Room 450
Madison, WI 53701

The letter must contain all of the following:

  • Defining the specific changes the facility is proposing to implement on the ventilator unit. Include a floor plan of proposed changes.
  • A letter from the DQA Office of Plan Review and Inspection indicating approval of the new unit's construction plan, if applicable.
  • Where "beds" will be coming from or going to within the corporation pursuant to Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 122.
  • Estimated date the facility is intending to implement the requested changes.
  • Mission statement and unit goals, including length of program.
  • Advisory committee or method of oversight.
  • On-call consultants and area of responsibility.
  • Unit or Care Coordinator name and credentials.
  • Current standards of practice used for development of policies and procedures.
  • Equipment: supportive supplies, etc.
  • Electrical equipment, alternative sources.
  • Plan for integration program back to the community (if applicable).
  • Staffing forms for each shift:

Registered Nurse:
F62023 (Word, 171 KB), F62025 (Word, 164 KB), F62027 (Word, 171 KB)

Licensed Practical Nurse:
F62164 (Word, 182 KB), F62165 (Word, 171 KB), F62166 (Word, 183 KB)

Nurse Aide:
F62024 (Word, 161 KB), F62026 (Word, 171 KB), F62028 (Word, 171 KB)

Other Direct Care Nurse Aide (used for therapy staff):
F62440 (Word, 172 KB), F62441 (Word, 172 KB), F62442 (Word, 172 KB)

  • Policies and procedures for infection control (current ventilator unit to send a line list for staff and residents with infections for the last two months).
  • Disaster plan.
  • All policies pertaining to patients requiring the use of mechanical ventilation including the continuing stay requirements.
  • Medical Director's name and credentials along with a statement of agreement for responsibility for the patients of the ventilator unit.
  • All contracted services for residents i.e. activities, therapies, sheltered work, etc.
  • Policies or Plan of Care for residents as it pertains to respiratory therapy, activities, physical and occupational therapy, and discharge planning.
  • List of facility staff name(s) and contact number(s) for any questions or needed information for DQA personnel.
  • Quality Improvement Program Policy (current approved units to send a list of projects identified in last quarter and brief synopsis of plan to address identified QI issue(s).

Materials submitted will be reviewed in a timely matter and a letter of acceptance or denial will be sent at least 7 days prior to the anticipated opening of the vent unit. The facility will notify DQA, Nikki Andrews at 608-267-3745 when the unit has become operational and has at least 1 resident/client in the unit. Within 10 working days an on-site survey will be conducted to verify the safety and welfare of resident/client(s).

The on-site survey will include a tour of the unit, observations of resident cares, review of policies and procedures, and interviews with staff, patients, and family members. In addition, the following records will be requested and reviewed by survey staff:

  • Completed pre-admission functional test(s), i.e. Functional Independence Measure.
  • History and physical information including computed tomography (CT) reports.
  • Contracts for supplies, if any.
  • Verification of background checks for newly hired staff working on the vent unit including the Integrated Background Information System (IBIS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Background Information Disclosure (BID) and out-of-state and/or military discharge papers.
  • Copy of the resident requirements and admission packet.
  • Staff (Vent unit) training records including certificates and licenses.

If you need additional information email Nikki Andrews

Last Revised: August 15, 2017