Center for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine offers multidisciplinary approach to care and maximizes patient independence

New York, NY: September 16, 2014—The New Jewish Home, one of New York City’s largest long-term care and rehabilitation organizations, announced today the opening of the Jewish Home’s Center for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine. The 22-bed post-acute unit, which was developed in collaboration with The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, one of the premier rehab centers in the country, will be staffed by a multidisciplinary team of health care specialists. The collaborative goal-oriented therapies offered focus on enabling patients with orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions to resume the independent lives they led before being hospitalized. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today at 5:00 pm at Jewish Home.orthoopeningresize

From left to right: Elizabeth Grayer, Chairman of the Board, Jewish Home; Dr. Kristjan T. Ragnarsson,  The Lucy G. Moses Professor and Chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai;  Dr. Mark Levy, Chief Medical Officer Jewish Home; Dr. Richard Frieden,  Physiatrist; Dr. Audrey S. Weiner, CEO and President Jewish Home.

“The Jewish Home’s Center for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine is just the latest example of our dedication to offering aging New Yorkers a full continuum of health care services.” said Audrey Weiner, President & CEO of Jewish Home. “We thank Mount Sinai, one of the leaders in rehabilitative medicine and our longtime partner, for their help in developing this outstanding resource.”

Following injuries, disease and surgery, most people need rehabilitation to regain their former level of fitness,” said Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD, The Lucy G. Moses Professor and Chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai. “While those with serious disabilities require intensive in-hospital care and those least impaired can receive therapy at home or at outpatient facilities, there are many people in the middle – people who need less intensive therapy but who are not yet ready to return home. I am delighted that Jewish Home has collaborated with us at Mount Sinai to open and operate this high quality rehabilitation program to serve these individuals.”

Patients admitted to the Center will be assessed and cared for by a team of geriatricians, rehabilitation specialists, physical and occupational therapists, nurses and nurses’ aides, social workers and dietitians. A customized treatment plan will be developed for each person addressing his or her particular needs. An essential component of the individually-tailored approach will be the development of customized discharge plans that will ensure a smooth transition to either home care or outpatient services. Unlike any other program in New York City, the Center’s staff will be able to call upon Mount Sinai’s orthopedic rehab specialists for both professional consultations and direct patient care.

Jewish Home chose Mount Sinai as its partner because of the hospital’s demonstrated commitment to providing quality rehabilitation medicine. For 2013-2014, US News & World Report ranked Mount Sinai among the top 15 hospitals in the country for rehabilitation medicine. Mount Sinai hosts the only program in New York City accredited for spinal cord injury and post-amputation inpatient rehabilitation care and is the only program to receive CARF approval across a wide range of specialty accreditations, for adults and adolescents.

The Jewish Home’s Center for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine is just the latest in a long line of innovative Jewish Home programs.  In 2012, the organization launched Comfort First, a palliative care program for older adults with dementia based on a model pioneered by the Beatitudes organization in Arizona. A special unit to treat visually impaired older adults was created in 2007 in partnership with the Jewish Guild for the Blind, now the Lighthouse Guild. Earlier this year, Jewish Home launched a telehealth pilot with the Panasonic Corporation that turns home televisions into healthcare monitors, making it even easier for elders to age in place.  This winter, Jewish Home plans to break ground on New York City’s first long-term residence for seniors to be based on the GREEN HOUSE® model of elder living, a revolutionary approach that emphasizes residents’ privacy, dignity and autonomy.

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