Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital- Acute Rehab
The mission of the 18 bed acute rehabilitation program at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
, located on the 7th floor, is to deliver comprehensive rehabilitation services of the highest quality in order to improve the functional independence of those we serve. The program operates 24 hours a days, 7 days per week.
We provide comprehensive services to patients with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to:
• Hip Fracture and other orthopedic conditions
• Lower extremity Joint Replacement
• Limb Loss
• Neurologic disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson Disease
• Congenital deformities
Patients with severe traumatic brain injury, traumatic spinal cord injury, burns, on ventilator support or under the age of 18 years old generally require a level of service that is not available at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital.The average age of our patients is 67 years old.
Patients referred for admission to the inpatient rehabilitation program must have functional limitations that require the inpatient services of at least two therapies three hours a day for five or more days per week. Additional admission criteria may include the need for 24 hour rehabilitation nursing, management by specialized rehab physicians and have a stable discharge disposition. Patients must be medically stable and able to participate in their program.
Each individualized program is designed to address limitations in self care skills, mobility, safety, pain, strength, bowel and bladder function, cognition, communication, swallowing and community integration. Therapy services are provided several hours a day, at least six days a week.
The patient and family are an integral part of the team. Team members may include Physiatry, other consulting physicians, rehabilitation nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, care coordinator, social services, pastoral care, psychological, prosthetic and orthotic services. The patient has access to all other hospital services on an as-need basis, such as diagnostic imaging, lab, and pharmacy available on site with the same level of service and response time as in the acute hospital.The interdisciplinary teams work with the patient, families and caregivers to meet the cultural needs of all patients and to ensure their input in establishing a discharge plan. The majority of the patients discharged from the unit return home or to other community settings.
Patients may be referred from hospitals, other rehab setting, skilled nursing facilities or other outpatient referral sources. The program maintains contracts with most insurance plans. Depending on the type of insurance, pre-authorization may be required before admission.
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital is pleased to share information about patient outcomes.
Physiatrists Pasquale Colavita, DO and Tony Tsai, MD are board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians.
The acute rehab unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
For more information or referrals, please call the Admission Liaison at 610.237.4543.
The Acute Rehab program is housed on the 7th
floor of Nazareth Hospital and offers a rehab team that is dedicated to providing you with high-quality rehabilitative services in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. This 20-bed unit delivers high patient satisfaction and excellent patient outcomes
. Nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
(CARF), this program offers comprehensive therapy for several hours a day, seven days a week so you can maximize your recovery.
Nazareth is the two-time recipient of the Top Performing Rehab Program Award from UDS (Uniform Data Systems).
Scope of Care
For each patient, we develop a comprehensive and individualized rehab program to be carried out by care takers and therapist. This unit’s friendly atmosphere will allow you and your care takers and therapist to get to know each other on a personal level. You will feel comfortable to ask questions and give real input into your therapy plan.
To qualify for this program, a patient must have functional limitations that require this level of therapy. Areas of limitations may include:
- Self-care skills
- Bowel and bladder function
- Energy conservation
- Community reintegration
Discharge planning is an integral part any rehab program. Each individual's discharge plan includes provisions for the environment they'll enter when they leave the Unit. The majority of our patients return to community settings.
In addition, patients admitted to this program must meet specific criteria, including needing at least two of the following (physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech):
- Require specialized Physician Management (Physiatry)
- Require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing and supervision
- Can participate in an intensive level of at least two therapies, three hours a day, five or more days per week
- Have a stable discharge disposition
Patients admitted to this program typical have a variety of different diagnoses. Some of the more common are:
- Lower extremity joint replacements
- Hip fractures and other orthopedic conditions
- Neurological disorders
- Congenital deformities
Nazareth Hospital is pleased to share information about patient outcomes
For admission information, call RN Admissions Liaison Lisa Bailey, BSN, RN, at 215.828.3851.