Critical Care Hospital vs. Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
Critical care hospitals, like Kentfield Hospital San Francisco, are licensed as hospitals, not nursing facilities. Critical care hospitals offer many of the same services and features you’d find in any other hospital.
Daily physician oversight and intervention is the distinguishing factor of any acute care hospital versus a skilled nursing/rehab facility (SNF). As a hospital, we offer 24-hour nursing care and daily physician management. When compared to SNFs, critical care hospitals usually provide more intensive services and treat patients with more complex medical needs.
Both critical care hospitals and SNFs provide valuable medical services. Each has its own unique requirements and specialties. For this reason, some patients may be more appropriate for one level of care over the other.