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St. Mary Medical Center and Centerre Healthcare Partner in Opening New Inpatient Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital
State-of-the-art facility to be first free-standing rehabilitation hospital in Bucks County

LANGHORNE, PA, April 29, 2013 – St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, in partnership with Centerre Healthcare Corporation, headquartered in Nashville, TN, today announced plans for a newly designed acute rehabilitation hospital, the first specialty hospital of its kind in Bucks County. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014, the St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital will provide acute inpatient rehabilitation services for patients who require a high level of specialized treatment. Dedicated brain-injury, spinal-cord-injury, trauma and stroke units will help promote the recovery of individuals who have functional deficits resulting from injury or illness.

St. Mary finalized the purchase of property that was the site of the former Neshaminy Middle School from the Neshaminy School District to develop the St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital and Outpatient Campus. The St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital is part of the first phase in the development of this new campus, which will be located directly across the street from the Medical Center’s main campus. With the opening of the new 50-bed rehabilitation hospital, St. Mary will relocate its existing 31-bed rehabilitation unit currently on the main campus, and convert the medical center space to a private-bed patient-care unit.

The new state-of-the-art 55,000 square foot specialty hospital will provide attractive patient-friendly private rooms. Physical, occupational and speech therapy, and neuropsychology are among services provided to help patients regain their highest level of functional independence. The hospital will include spacious therapy gyms equipped with the latest in rehabilitative equipment, indoor and outdoor dining areas, simulated home training environments and an innovative outdoor therapy courtyard complete with a putting green, basketball court and walking path.

“A free-standing hospital dedicated to rehabilitation represents a unique investment in caring for the needs of the community. Our inpatient rehabilitation is renowned for its excellence in rehabilitative care, and we believe a dedicated hospital expands our rehabilitation services to meet those needs,” says Greg Wozniak, St. Mary President and CEO.

Unique to this region will be a self-contained, secured Brain Injury Unit to treat patients with behavioral and cognitive issues that may put them at-risk in a less structured environment. The secure Brain Injury Unit will have a supervised, low stimulation, calm setting with focused therapies to assist these patients in recovery.

“We are pleased to be joining St. Mary Medical Center in being able to bring this level of specialized care to this community”, said Pat Foster, CEO of Centerre Healthcare. “We partner with top acute-care hospitals across the United States with the common goal of providing exceptional rehabilitation services and uniquely designed facilities to best serve the needs of patients in their own community.”

St. Mary chose to partner with Centerre based on its nationally renowned reputation and experience in providing high-quality, patient-centered care and rehabilitation services focused on improving clinical outcomes.

The need for physical rehabilitation services is anticipated to grow as the population ages in our region and continues to be affected by the high incidence of stroke, cardiovascular and orthopedic conditions. In addition, the specialty hospital will complement the services of the St. Mary Regional Trauma Center in continuing the rehabilitation needs of patients who have suffered serious injury.<.p>

This hospital will prove a valuable resource for our community, fulfilling a unique need for specialized rehab care,” says Dr. Guillermo Bernal, Co-Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at St. Mary. “People will welcome not having to travel to Center City for this level of advanced clinical care.”

“We are focused on quality outcomes for our patients,” says Lisa Haney, Executive Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation at St. Mary. “Our clinical team works hard to ensure our patients make the most progress possible and return to their home environment as quickly as possible.” In 2012, the rehabilitation unit at St. Mary ranked in the top 5 percent of 789 nationwide rehabilitation facilities evaluated by the UDSMR® in their Program Evaluation Model.

A specialized hospital dedicated solely to physical rehabilitation is beneficial to patient recovery. “The interdisciplinary rehab team, including doctors, therapists, nurses and aides, work together to ensure the highest quality outcomes for our patients,” says Co-Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at St. Mary, Dr. William Bonner. “The clinical team works closely with each patient and their caregivers to create a treatment program to meet individualized goals and return the patient as close to their previous level of function as possible”.

With the addition of a specialized hospital for inpatient rehabilitation, St. Mary strengthens the level of comprehensive care offered to meet the challenging needs of often complex medical conditions. Most patients who have been in hospital-based rehabilitation benefit in continuing therapy to maintain and improve overall health and functional ability. Outpatient rehabilitation services are provided on the hospital main campus and at the Cornerstone Executive Suites near Oxford Valley Mall. The experienced certified therapists at St. Mary integrate evidence-based treatments, leading-edge technologies and adaptive techniques to promote recovery. In addition, patients can continue to improve mobility, strength and endurance with step-down programs available through the Wellness Center on the main hospital campus.