LTACHs (long term acute care hospitals) are across the country, although more prevalent in certain states.
LTACHs have ICUs, pulmonary units, med/surg units, etc. The typical patient population at these facilities has been discharged from an ICU at a major hospital, but was an unsuccessful vent wean, so there was nothing more that the major hospital could do for them.
Many LTACH patients are on vents, have trachs, nephrostomy tubes, wound vacs, TPN, NG tubes, etc., and tend to stay there anywhere from four weeks to six months (or until they expire). The nurse/patient ratios can be anywhere from 1:3 (ICU) to 1:9 (med/surg).
BTW, you previously mentioned that SLC has an oversaturated job market with many nurses. The D/FW area of Texas is also saturated with too many nurses due to many nursing schools
pumping out new grads twice a year combined with masses of nurses having relocated here during the past few years.