Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital Named Healthcare Hero

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ARU Team resizeWAYNE, NJ [MAY 8, 2012] - The Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital has been selected as a 2012 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Awards Finalist in the Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center of the Year category. This prestigious awards program honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.


A warm supportive healing environment, the Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, a member of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, is the only rehabilitation facility of its kind in Passaic County. Uniquely located in a hospital setting, it offers comprehensive individualized services for adults in need of intensive medical rehabilitation.


The 20-bed ARU consists of four private and eight semi-private rooms designed to accommodate the special needs of its patients. The spacious 14,000 square-foot facility features comfortable dining and patient activity rooms, a state-of-the-art physical/occupational therapy gym, an evaluation room, and conference room designated for family meetings. Located on the 7th floor of St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, the ARU offers restful breathtaking views of the park-like campus.


The ARU's interdisciplinary team – Board-certified physician and registered nurses specializing in rehabilitation, physical, occupational and speech therapists, case managers and social workers – prides itself on meeting each patient's medical, physical, spiritual and psychological needs, while ensuring maximum recuperation, with improved quality of life as the ultimate goal.


The unit serves patients with a wide range of diagnoses from spinal cord and brain injuries, hip fractures and joint replacements to congenital deformities, amputations, burns, and major multiple trauma, as well as stroke and neurologic disorders.

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit boasts the highest patient satisfaction scores within the hospital and exceeds regional and national benchmarks by discharging 80% of the patients directly to the community.


The hospital-based location and the size of the ARU, in comparison to most other rehabilitation units, ensure immediate and appropriate treatment, a personalized care plan that is team-reviewed twice weekly, and one-on-one care. In addition, the ARU offers patients fast, convenient access to a continuum of services available at the hospital and across St. Joseph's Healthcare System. Onsite diagnostic and treatment services include radiology, laboratory, respiratory therapy, diabetes education, wound care, pastoral care, a sleep center, driver rehabilitation and emergency intervention, if necessary. Community-sponsored programs include yoga classes and pet therapy.


Extremely gratifying work, the staff at the Acute Rehabilitation Unit impacts peoples' lives each day, successfully empowering patients to see what they really can do while helping them attain their goals.

This NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program finalists and winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges. Winners among the finalists will be announced in mid-June.


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