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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


  • Howard Saft

    Howard Saft, MD, MS

  • Joshua J. Solomon

    Joshua J. Solomon, MD

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 #1 or #2 in Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years
  • Ranked in the top 5% 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% of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to hundreds of active clinical trials
  • 124-year history of focus on care, research and education serving patients from around the world with lung, heart, immune and related disorders
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