Wayne, NJ (October 27, 2009)– The Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital is celebrating its seventh anniversary of providing acute rehabilitation to the community. The ARU, located on the seventh floor of St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, is the only acute rehabilitation unit in Passaic County.
Patients come to the ARU for rehabilitation after experiencing illness or injury for medical conditions, such as, brain or spinal cord injury, stroke, lower extremity joint replacement, amputation, neurological conditions and cardiac or pulmonary diseases. The 20-bed unit consists of spacious private and semi-private rooms, patient activity rooms, therapy treatment areas, gym and dining room.
Under the medical direction of Suypria Massood, MD, a team of physicians, nurses, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, therapeutic recreational specialist, case managers, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, psychologists and respiratory therapists, work to maximize functional independence by treating the patient's physical, cognitive, social and spiritual needs.
"We encourage the patient and family to be actively involved in decisions about the patient's care at the ARU and beyond," said Linda Cronk, PT, Administrative Director of Rehabilitation Service. "More than 80% of our patients are discharged to the community. To meet the ongoing needs of our patients, the Rehabilitation Department has developed a Stoke Support Group and a Driving and Community Mobility Program".