JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison is set to open a new location in North Jersey through a clinical affiliation between Hackensack Meridian Health and St. Joseph’s Health.
As part of the new partnership, the new center will open at St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center in its namesake town. The current institute has been based out of JFK Medical Center in Edison for 50 years, and has been nationally ranked.
HMH and the Edison-based hospital finalized a merger in 2018, and the site has since been called the Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.
Bob Garrett, chief executive officer at HMH, said he expects the surge in aging baby boomers to become a sizable portion of those patients served at the two rehabilitation centers.
“Whether they’re going to need inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab care, we think the timing is perfect to bring [this] to North Jersey,” he said in a phone interview.
Patient services could range from stroke recovery to joint and hip replacement, or complex fractures, suggested Kevin Slavin, St. Joseph’s president and CEO.
And the recovery time could range anywhere from one or two weeks, or upwards to half a year, depending on the scope of the patient’s needs.
St. Joseph’s prior rehab services, Slavin said, had struggled to “attract the right expertise” from medical personnel hoping “to be able to see a broader, more complex group of patients.” Now that will be possible.
“It’s going to be a great help to families to be closer for them to visit,” he said.
Those added capabilities for St. Joseph’s in North Jersey mean “patients who suffered from traumatic injuries or illness have an even better chance at restoring independence and regaining quality of life,” reads a prepared statement from Priscilla Kaszubski, chair of rehab medicine.