Ventilator Units

Units specifically designated for the provision of care for people who are ventilator dependent are approved by the Division of Medicaid Services (DMS). The information below identifies facilities with approved ventilator units in Wisconsin as well as resources for consumers and providers.

To request to start a new ventilator unit, expand or decrease beds in a current unit, or close a ventilator unit please send a letter of intent to Rene Eastman.

The following information must be included in the letter of intent:

  • Name and address of facility
  • Specific changes the facility is proposing to implement on the ventilator unit
  • Date that the changes will take place
  • Contact information for the unit
  • A letter from the DQA Office of Plan Review and Inspection indicating approval of the new unit's construction plan, if applicable.

If you need additional information please contact Rene Eastman.

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.

To update facility or contact information please contact Elizabeth Laubenstein.

Facility Name and Address Capacity and Contact Information
Chippewa Falls
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: Brianna Werner
Phone Number: 715-726-3850
Green Bay
1640 Shawano Ave
Green Bay, WI 54303
Type of Program: Short, Long Term & Weaning
Capacity: 10 private rooms
Contact person: Josh Theis
Phone Number: 920-499-5177, ext. 2020
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
Bria of Trinity Village
7500 W. Dean Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Type of Program: Long/Short Term Ventilator Care
Capacity: 29 private rooms
Contact Person: Christine Wienke
Phone Number: 414-373-7493
801 S. Klein Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
Type of Program: Short/Long term Ventilator Care, Trach Care
Capacity: 20 private rooms
Contact Person: Victoria Wadsworth, RN
Phone Number: 608-849-5016
Bay at Burlington Health and Rehabilitation
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
Maplewood Center
3023 South 84th Street
West Allis, WI 53227
Type of Program: Long/Short Term Ventilator Care
Capacity: 59 beds maximum capacity
Contact Person: Tina Keller or Jill Holberg
Phone Number: 414-607-4344
West Allis
9047 W. Greenfield Avenue
West Allis, WI 53214
Type of Program: Long/Short Term Ventilator Care and Weaning
Capacity: 34 private rooms
Contact Person: Rachel Carter
Phone Number: 906-250-5359 or 317-697-9777


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 six 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 two trials before admission.
  • The request must document the care needs are consistent with the level of care of an skilled nursing facility.
  • The skilled nursing facility must be approved for vent care.
  • Providers must be specially trained and competent in respiratory and vent care.
Last Revised: April 26, 2021