20th Anniversary of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit and One Year Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Partnership

Bringing Advanced Rehabilitative Care to Patients in North Jersey

St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their clinical affiliation this month, which brought the expertise of the Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute to the St. Joseph Wayne Medical Center campus to serve North Jersey residents.

In addition, St. Joseph Wayne Medical Center is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its 20-bed Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit. Since opening in November of 2002, the unit has provided individualized care to thousands of patients to help them return to functioning and independent lifestyles.

Kevin J. Slavin, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “This high-quality rehabilitation program is a shining example of St. Joseph’s commitment to providing advanced care and leading-edge expertise to meet the healthcare needs of our entire community.”

In 2021, St. Joseph’s Health partnered with Hackensack Meridian Health to leverage the expertise of the Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI), offering the highest level of rehabilitation medicine. Recognized by US News as one of the nation’s top acute rehabilitation hospitals, with leading specialists and specialized programs, Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s services are now available at St. Joseph Wayne Medical Center.

“We are pleased to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our rehabilitation clinical affiliation with St. Joseph’s Health,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Across the state, our rehab specialists are improving lives through their vast expertise in healing and restoring quality of life after a serious illness or traumatic episode. This affiliation has brought our advanced services to residents of northern New Jersey. Keeping services close to home.

For more than 50 years, the nationally acclaimed JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, located in Edison, New Jersey, has been a leader in the field, breaking ground in stroke rehabilitation, innovative orthopedic programs, cutting-edge sports rehab and traumatic areas. Rehabilitation of brain injury.

“My team was warmly welcomed by the staff at St. Joseph’s,” said Roger Rossi, DO, medical director of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center. In turn, we are grateful for the collaborative approach to care and for the opportunity to help more patients recover from a debilitating medical condition or accident.

Dr. Rossi’s team at St. Joseph’s includes Veronica Chehta, MD. The addition of Anthony Doss, MD, Dr. Cheheta joined the team in October 2022 after completing a fellowship in spinal cord injury care several years ago. These physicians treat patients with complex rehabilitation injuries such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputations, neuromuscular and neurological conditions, major trauma, and other medical complications. Dr. Rossi’s extensive background in Parkinson’s has expanded care to include more functional and neuromuscular disorders such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and post stroke care.

“Our team shares a passion about minimizing disability and maximizing functional independence when a patient suffers an injury or debilitating condition,” said Priscilla Kaszubski, DO, Chair, Rehabilitation Medicine, Saint Joseph’s Health. becomes afflicted with the disease.” “We are dedicated to the treatment and recovery of our patients in order to improve their quality of life to the greatest extent possible.”

“The success of this program at St. Joseph’s has exceeded our expectations,” said Sarah Cucurulo, MD, chair, vice president and medical director of the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. “Our highly trained specialists are leading the work in helping patients reach the highest level of recovery.”

Because St. Joseph’s is certified as a comprehensive and primary stroke center, which reflects the highest level of competence for the treatment of acute stroke events, patients and families can be assured that our services meet national quality standards. Inpatient rehabilitation is given accordingly. Other patients who may benefit from care in an acute rehabilitation unit include those recovering from hip fractures, joint replacements, trauma, amputations, and neurological disorders.

Three years ago, Saint Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced a clinical and strategic partnership that deepens both organizations’ commitment to research and provide the most advanced care throughout the region. The expansion of rehabilitation services is one example of how the partnership is bringing additional expertise to the community.

About St. Yusuf’s health

Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by more than 5,000 leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. From its humble beginnings, Saint Joseph’s Health has grown to become one of the premier health systems in the state, serving more than 1.5 million patients annually. The organization continues to grow into the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charitable care in New Jersey.

Saint Joseph’s Health System is one of the leading clinical teaching and educational centers in the nation, and is recognized for its innovative programs and state-of-the-art services. The health system operates a full continuum of care including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Patterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) and a state designated children’s hospital. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Patterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), an outpatient facility (St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, Totowa) Comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services) of New Jersey ), and several ambulatory care centers located throughout northern New Jersey. The system is further supported by Saint Joseph’s Health Medical Group, which operates over 100 physician medical and specialty practices throughout northern New Jersey.

Among its award-winning specialties, St. Joseph is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; and is recognized by US News with a Top Nursing Home award and a five-star rating. In addition, Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, the profession’s highest honor. In September 2019, Saint Joseph’s Health established a strategic and clinical partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health networks. Together, the two health systems operate a jointly owned home health and hospice agency serving patients and families in Bergen, Passaic and Morris counties. In addition, St. Joseph’s and Hackensack Meridian have collaborated on clinical affiliations in acute rehabilitation (with the HMH JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and comprehensive oncology care (with the HMH John Theurer Cancer Center). Please visit www.stjosephshealth.org for more information.

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