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2010-12-06 15:54:01
Returning Home: Focus of New York City's First Transitional Care Unit
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Natifia Gaines
(718) 206-6020

April 20, 2009 (Jamaica, NY)-- There isn’t anything more desirable to a hospitalized patient than returning home—a place of comfort, privacy, and normalcy. To better assist patients as they transition from an acute hospital stay to a quick, safe, and comfortable return home, Jamaica Hospital has recently opened New York City’s first and only Transitional Care Unit (TCU).

Jamaica Hospital’s seven-bed Transitional Care Unit is aimed at helping patients reach a comfortable level of independence through individualized and continued care. The unit offers multi-disciplinary services to patients who, while in the hospital, still need additional time for recovery and medical management.

“The TCU is an interim step for patients with declining self-care functions,” explained Dr. Angelo Canedo, Vice President of Rehabilitation Services at Jamaica Hospital. “Our TCU will help restore these patients to their lifestyles prior to hospitalization, facilitate a safe discharge plan, and reduce their total length of stay—all tremendous benefits to our patients and the New York City community.”

The Transitional Care Unit will also provide a strong emphasis on educating patients, which will ultimately promote independence, reduce ER visits, and prevent the number of re-hospitalizations.

The TCU is part of a demonstration project developed by the New York State Department of Health. The MediSys Health—comprising of Jamaica, Brookdale, and Flushing Hospitals—was selected out of several hundred hospitals to become one of five approved projects in New York State, and is the only one in the metropolitan area.

The Transitional Care Unit is staffed by a team of certified doctors and dedicated health professionals, who work collaboratively to provide the following multidisciplinary services:

  • Complex medical management

  • Skilled nursing services

  • Activities of Daily Living care provided by Certified Nursing Assistants

  • Physical therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Speech and language therapy

  • Recreational therapy

  • Social work/ case management

  • Skin and wound care

  • Pharmacy

  • Food and nutrition

  • Consultation services

  • Equipment and services


There is a pre-admission selection criteria for patients considered for the Transitional Care Unit. Patients must require medical, skilled nursing, and/or rehabilitation services on a daily basis. Critical condition patients are not eligible.

The transitional care services at the MediSys hospitals total 20 beds, with sites at Jamaica, Brookdale, and Flushing Hospitals. Jamaica and Brookdale Hospitals are seven bed units and Flushing Hospital is a six bed unit. Flushing and Brookdale Hospitals are scheduled to open their TCU later this year.

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves a population greater than 1.2 million in Queens and eastern Brooklyn. This 387-bed medical center is an accredited community teaching hospital with a large network of community-based ambulatory care centers. JHMC offers an array of acute inpatient, rehabilitation and mental health services and is one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in New York City. The Department of Rehabilitation includes the Margaret T. Palomino Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and the James and Sarah Brady Institute for coma recovery and Traumatic Brain Injury. The Margaret T. Palomino Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is a 22-bed unit that specializes in treating individuals with acute physical disabilities and who also require intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation services in order to maximize their ability to function. The Brady Institute offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation programs and services, including an aggressive coma stimulation program, for patients recovering from a coma. For additional information, please contact Public Affairs at 718-206-6020.
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