Recent changes in health care have made it difficult for some patients to access rehab care, but a new expansion of Allied Rehab Hospital, Scranton, will help them get the short-term rehab services they need. The Allied Services Transitional Rehab Unit will open in July.
Years in the planning, the new, 55-bed Transitional Rehab Unit now occupies the hospital’s third floor. Extensive renovations to patient rooms, nursing stations, patient care and visiting areas were completed in May.
Transitional Rehab is designed for patients who need medical rehabilitation combined with round-the-clock nursing care. “We’re now able to accommodate more patients, including many short-stay patients who don’t match the typical rehab or long-term care skilled nursing profile. We are very proud to bring this desperately needed level of care to our region,” said Attorney Bill Conaboy, President and C.E.O. of Allied Services Integrated Health System.
“Transitional patients will have access to the same rehab expertise, advanced technology and superior care that earned Allied Services Rehab Hospital its #1 national ranking,” said Administrator James Cooney, N.H.A., referring to the latest performance rankings from the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, an independent performance rating organization that ranked some 770 rehab hospitals across the U.S. Mr. Cooney was appointed to oversee the Transitional Unit earlier this year. He is a Pennsylvania licensed nursing home administrator with over 15 years’ professional experience in healthcare.
Kenneth W. Gentilezza, M.D., was appointed as Medical Director of the Transitional Rehab Unit. Dr. Gentilezza holds certifications from the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Academy of Pain Management, and has practiced in northeastern Pennsylvania since 1986. He joins an Allied Services team that includes some of the nation’s best-qualified, most experienced therapists, nurses, social workers and caregivers.
The new unit fills a gap in the region’s healthcare continuum, said Atty. Conaboy. “Right here in Scranton, Pennsylvania, we’re putting world-class medical rehab resources to work to help a wider variety of patients, to help them achieve fuller, faster recoveries.”
Physicians and other health professionals will be invited to tour the facility in June. Learn more by calling 570-348-1359.