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Inpatient Care

JFK Johnson’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

For inpatients, we have 94 inpatient beds in a separately licensed hospital that is attached to JFK Medical Center.

Inpatient rehabilitation is for patients who require intensive, interdisciplinary rehabilitation services. Such inpatient programs are designed to improve function and promote each patient’s highest degree of independence.

Inpatient rehabilitation care is also known as hospital-level, or acute, rehabilitation care. This sophisticated level of care is not available in other settings, such as nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers or extended care centers.

Admission to Inpatient Care

Most people are admitted to JFK Johnson inpatient care from an acute-care hospital. If you wish to be considered for admission, notify the discharge planner from the acute-care hospital, who will contact us.

JRI offers 94 inpatient beds in a separately licensed hospital that is attached to the Anthony M. Yelencsics Community Hospital. Together, they comprise JFK Medical Center, a private, not-for-profit community hospital.

Other Services

Other services available to all on-site inpatient rehabilitation patients include:

  • Medical Consultations
  • Diagnostic and Radiology services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Pharmacy Services

Scope of Services: Inpatient Rehabilitation

The Inpatient Rehabilitation program has two units located on 1East and 3 East. Adult patients with the following rehabilitation diagnoses are admitted to these units for treatment: stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic conditions, cardiac conditions, and other general medical/surgical conditions. Specifically for spinal cord patients, we accept patients with injuries below the level of C5, and the injury can be complete, or incomplete. In general, we do not accept patients who are on a ventilator, are in a coma, or are undergoing active chemotherapy.

Inpatient services are provided 365 days a year, 24 hours a day by rehabilitation nursing, and the availability of physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine. Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical therapy are provided 365 days a year, from 8 am -4:30 pm. These services are provided 5 days out of every 7, based on individual patient weeks. Social work and recreation therapy, as well as rehabilitation psychology, are provided 5-6 days a week, as needed, during the hours of 8 am-6 pm.

Patients in this program are referred from hospital and physician providers throughout the following areas: HMH network; local, regional, statewide, national, and international facilities. Payers include both government sponsored (Medicare, Medicaid), as well as third party payers, including commercial insurances, workers’ compensation, motor vehicle insurance, and private/self pay. All insurances are verified for coverage prior to the initiation of services. Fees for services can be obtained through the Client Services department.

All services are provided directly at the HMH Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions About General Inpatient Rehabilitation


WHAT SERVICES ARE USUALLY PROVIDED?

Inpatient Rehabilitation provides medical, nursing and therapy services (including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy), as well as social work and psychology services, based on individual patient needs.  Other services available to all patients in inpatient rehabilitation on site include, Medical Consultations, Diagnostic Radiology services, Laboratory Services and Pharmacy Services, as available in HMH JFK University Medical Center.

WHAT ARE THE MOST TYPICAL PATIENT TYPES AT THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?

  • Orthopedic (fractures and joint replacements): 234 patients/16.6% overall
  • Stroke (and other neurological diseases): 570 patients/40.5 % overall
  • Cardiac (bypass surgeries, valve replacements): 105 patients/7.5% overall
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: 150 patients/ 10.7% overall
  • Other General Rehab/Medical: 229 patient/16.3% overall

(based on 2019 data)

The average age of our patient is 70 years old overall. More specifically per diagnostic group: Orthopedic -69.8 years; Stroke -71.8 years; other neurological -64.5 years; Cardiac- 73.7, Spinal Cord Injuries- 64.9 years, and other General Rehab/Medical -72.8 years.

The program does not provide services to patients who require a ventilator, for patients who are in a coma, for patients requiring telemetry, or for patients actively receiving chemotherapy.

HOW LONG CAN YOU EXPECT TO STAY AT THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE? HOW MUCH THERAPY WILL I RECEIVE WHILE AT THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?

The average stay (in 2019) for all patients was 14.4 days.  More specifically per diagnostic group:  Orthopedic- 13.6 days; Stroke- 13.3 days; other Neurological- 12.3 days; Cardiac- 11.7 days; Spinal Cord Injuries- 14.8 days, and other General Rehab/Medical -12.3 days. All patients are scheduled for three (3) hours of therapy five days out of seven.  Therapy is usually not provided on the day of admission or discharge from the Rehabilitation Institute.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO DO FOR MYSELF WHEN I LEAVE THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?

All patients are evaluated to see how much help they need to do functional activities (like walking, moving from lying down to sitting up, getting dressed, etc) when they arrive and leave the Rehabilitation InstituteThese are the basis of your predicted outcomes, or your individual rehabilitation goals.  Based on this evaluation of our patients discharged in 2019, a majority of patients were able to do the following at discharge:

  • Self Care: At admission most patients required about 50% help from a staff (bathing, dressing, and eating) member, and at discharge required 25% or less physical help.
  • Mobility: At admission most patients required about 75% help from a staff (walking, member to walk or go up/down stairs, and at discharge going up/down stairs) required only 25% or less help.
  • Transfers: At admission most patients required 50% help from a staff (moving from bed to chair, member and at discharge required 25% or less physical help. into the bathtub, etc)

More specifically, the following indicates the number of patients who achieved their predicted outcome by diagnostic groupings:  stroke 51.0%; other neurological 55.3%; cardiac 57.0%; general medicine 60.2 %; spinal cord injured 58.6%; and orthopedic 60.3%.

WHERE CAN I EXPECT TO GO WHEN I AM READY TO LEAVE THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?

It is our goal to return all of our patients back to their own homes, whenever possible.  In 2019, sixty (60.0%) percent of our patients were discharged home (52.1 % orthopedic patients, 60.0% stroke patients, 73.3% cardiac patients, 60.6% neurological patients, 60.0% spinal cord patients).  Most patients continue to receive follow up therapy services after they are discharged home.

Some of our patients had unplanned transfers to an acute medical facility (11.7% overall).  More specifically per diagnostic group:  Orthopedic- 10.3 %; Stroke- 8.8%; other Neurological- 9.9 %; Cardiac- 15.2 %; Spinal Cord Injuries- 16.7 %, and other General Rehab/Medical 18.3 %.

HOW SATISFIED ARE FORMER PATIENTS WITH THE SERVICES THEY RECEIVED AT THE REHABILITATION INSTITUTE?

When a patient is discharged from the Rehabilitation Institute, they receive a Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire.  Patients answer the questions on a scale of 1-5 rating their satisfaction with program services in many areas.  The highest rating is a score of 100%

Overall Satisfaction (combined Excellent and Very Good Responses) 96.2%

Stroke-95.7%, Orthopedic 85.2%, Spinal Cord Injuries-96.7%, Neurological-100%, Cardiac-100%, and General Rehab/Medical 96.7%


The JFK Johnson Difference

Our Rehabilitation Hospital features state-of-the-art medical equipment and experienced 24/7 rehabilitation trained physician and nursing staff. Our staff of clinical professionals work together, led by doctors, nurses, therapists and other clinicians to collaborate and ensure that each patient receives optimal inpatient care and treatment to ensure successful rehabilitation – and his or her family members remain informed and involved in their progress to achieve personal goals.

JRI Aftercare Program

Studies show that patients who are closely monitored after discharge from an inpatient setting do better and have overall less hospital readmissions. We created the Aftercare Program to address your special rehabilitation needs as you transition to community independence. We are experts at transitions of care and our goal is “Keeping you healthy at Home!”

If you need help with

  • Medical management of rehabilitation concerns
  • Evaluation of therapy needs to improve function
  • Return to driving, work or leisure activities
  • Access to local community services
  • Family/Caregiver support

Common conditions that we treat

  • Neurological
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Multiple Sclerosis,
    • Neuropathy
    • Guillain Barré Syndrome
  • Muscle
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Myopathy
  • Post-operative weakness
  • Falls & Deconditioning
  • Chronic illness from Cardiac, Pulmonary and Cancer conditions

Goals of the Aftercare Program

  • Physician directed rehabilitation care
  • Maximize your functional recovery
  • Reduce preventable hospital readmissions

Rehabilitation Professionals on our team

  • Physiatrist – Board Certified physicians specializing in the special needs of individuals with disability
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Rehabilitation Psychologist
  • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CCRN)

Our staff also include certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CCRN), guaranteeing that you and your family can feel confident in your rehab nurse’s level of expertise.

We can help you live your best life!

Revised 1/23/18
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