The new $24 million, two-story, 38-bed rehabilitation hospital located in Madison, is the first standalone hospital to be built from the ground-up by Atlantic Health System, and provides a new home for its 38 inpatient rehabilitation beds from the former facility on Mount Kemble Avenue in Morristown. The hospital is a joint venture between Atlantic Health and Kindred.
The new hospital is expected to begin accepting patients in a few weeks, pending final regulatory approvals.
Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute stands on approximately 46,000 square feet of land, part of a 40-acre parcel of Giralda Farms owned by Atlantic Health System that will be developed into a campus for health services.
“Joining forces with a nationally recognized leader allows us to expand access to extraordinary rehabilitation services in our communities” said Amy Perry, senior vice president, Integrated Care Delivery and chief executive officer of Atlantic Health System’s Hospital Division. “We are proud to partner with Kindred to provide top-caliber patient care in the exceptional healing environment that has been created at Giralda Farms,” Perry said.
“We are pleased to work with the premier health care provider in New Jersey as we address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in the New Jersey and New York area,” said Russ Bailey, chief operating officer of Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services-IRF. “Atlantic Health System has been a great partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them on this high-quality rehabilitation hospital that will greatly benefit the community.”
According to Atlantic Health System, the modernized hospital greatly expands the breadth of capabilities and resources available for treatment, with the aim to help return function to patients and better prepare them to resume everyday functions in their normal life.
The hospital features numerous additions and enhancements including:
- A therapeutic courtyard, featuring different surfaces to practice real-world walking, such as gravel, paver stones, a putting green, a ramp and stairs, and a simulated curb with a wheelchair cutout
- Bionic, assisted movement systems that help patients to regain movement, such as the motorized exoskeleton system by Ekso Bionics, which helps patients to re-establish their orientation and to walk, and the Bionik InMotion arm, for patients seeking to return movement to their arms following conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, orthopedic surgery, multiple sclerosis and more
- A spacious, state-of the art gym with ceiling lifts, and new equipment such as the Isofree Tecnobody, a total body movement simulator that takes patients through a number of different simulated activities
- A main gym featuring a simulated home space, with a full kitchen, bathroom with standing shower and bathtub, and a washer and dryer, to practice how to return to home life
- A dedicated ADL Suite (Activities of Daily Living), which allows patients to spend the night in a simulated home environment, to prepare for a return to home activities
- Bariatric rooms which feature extra wide door frames, bathrooms, beds and other features designed for obese patients. The new hospital also features a specialty bathroom allowing chair-bound patients to be bathed
- A secured and monitored brain injury unit with a dedicated gym, which includes a specialized therapy table mat, transfer therapy room, speech therapy room and parallel bars
- All rooms are private, with their own showers, and all rooms are monitored
“This new hospital gives our team all the tools they need to care better for our patients, and gives patients the setting they need to prepare them to return to their lives,” said Dr. Joseph Rempson, medical director for the new hospital.
The hospital is family-friendly with several meeting spaces, as well as amenities such as a putting green and basketball court.
“Family involvement and the understanding of life post-injury is key to recovery,” said Corey Cooper, executive director of the hospital. “Not only do we want patient engagement, but families actively involved in treatment also”