Critical Illness Recovery Center

Critical Illness Recovery CenterLeaving the intensive care unit (ICU) after a serious illness is a hopeful time for many patients. But it also can pose unexpected challenges. Following treatment in the ICU, about 50 percent of patients experience post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). Symptoms include muscle weakness and balance issues, problems with thinking and memory, difficulty sleeping and depression.

A visit at the Critical Illness Recovery Center at National Jewish Health in Denver after you have been discharged from the hospital can:

  • Determine if you are experiencing PICS symptoms
  • Prevent future problems related to your illness from occurring
  • Help you recover faster and more fully

Our center is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Thrive Initiative, an international network of clinics that seeks to improve patient and family support after critical illness.


About Our Center

Every person’s recovery is different. Whether you or your loved ones require a single screening visit or comprehensive follow-up care, the Critical Illness Recovery Center at National Jewish Health offers coordinated, personalized treatment from a team of specialists committed to helping patients recover from critical illness. Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Critical care specialists
  • Occupational specialists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Social workers
  • Neurologists
  • Psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Sleep and insomnia specialists

We Also Provide:

  • Follow-up care in partnership with your primary care doctor
  • Answers to questions about medications


Clinical Trials

Current & Former Smokers Needed for Lung Research Study

Our researchers are studying the lungs of current and former smokers to understand how to improve the diagnosis and treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a disease that is common among smokers. You do not need to have COPD to participate in this study.

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Reasons to Choose National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians consistently recognized among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 6 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to more than 300 active clinical trials
  • 121-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders