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4/7/10: Emerson Hospital Transitional Care Unit achieves deficiency-free survey

Emerson Hospital's Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Unit (TCU) recently achieved a 100% deficiency-free Department of Public Health (DPH) survey following a two-day unannounced survey.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to the highly-skilled staff providing care in our Transitional Care Unit," said Christine Schuster, Emerson Hospital president and CEO.

“The Department of Public Health surveyors were impressed with the quality of care provided, the compassion of the staff, the positive feedback from both patients and family members, and how well the interdisciplinary team works together,” said JoAnn DiNardo Halper, RN, director of nursing in the TCU. “I am proud of the professionalism and dedication of the TCU staff.”

The TCU is managed by Karen Koprowski, a licensed nursing home administrator, and JoAnn DiNardo Halper, RN. Karen L. Bougas, MD, is the medical director of the TCU. She is a physiatrist specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The TCU at Emerson Hospital provides patients with short-term rehabilitation services, close observation, and skilled nursing care after an acute illness or major surgery. A short stay (typically 10 to 14 days) helps patients regain strength and learn or relearn skills for daily living following hospitalization for a stroke or heart attack, orthopedic surgery, or other serious illness.

After relocating to the TCU, patients continue their recovery in familiar surroundings, avoiding the disruption that can accompany a transfer to another facility. Emerson-based physicians follow their patients' progress and stay in close communication with patients, families, and TCU staff.

The TCU provides 24-hour skilled nursing care and a full range of rehabilitative services--physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, intravenous therapy and respiratory therapy--all located on the unit. In addition, the Emerson outpatient department is available for patients who require outpatient rehabilitation services.

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton, Westford, and Maynard. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns.