Hospital Opens New Short-Term Physical Rehabilitation Unit

August 9, 2016

August 2, 2016 – Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw is pleased to announce the opening of its new 24-bed Transitional Care Unit. The new program offers an expanded level of service to patients in need of short-term physical rehabilitation care, not exceeding 21 days, before returning home.

The Transitional Care Unit will serve patients recovering from hip and knee replacement surgery, fractures and other orthopedic conditions, as well as those physically deconditioned due to surgery, medical complications or other disorders. In order to qualify for admission, a patient must be admitted directly from an acute care hospital, where they have had a minimum three-night stay.

Transitional Care Unit patients will receive a customized treatment plan incorporating physical, occupational and speech therapy, 24/7 on-site physician care, and rehabilitation nursing, as well as recreational therapy, pain management and medication evaluation and optimization. Treatment goals may include independent stair climbing, managing daily routines at home and regaining strength and endurance.

Patricia LeGeyt, BSN, Chief Nursing Officer states, “The new Transitional Care Unit is an ideal option for individuals who can benefit from intensive rehabilitation, with the goal of returning home at an improved level of functioning and mobility.”

For additional information on the Transitional Care Unit, or to refer a patient, call the hospital’s Admission Referral Center at 845-786-4535.

Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty rehabilitation hospitals, providing a range of inpatient, outpatient and specialty care to individuals recovering from brain and spinal cord injury, amputation and stroke, as well as cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and neurological disorders. Founded in 1900, it is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network and is affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.