Transitional Rehab Unit offers improved access to vital level of care

Transitional Rehab Unit offers improved access to vital level of care

Leadership, board members, community partners and staff gathered recently to celebrate the grand re-opening of Heinz Transitional Rehab Unit in Wilkes-Barre. Over the past few months, work has been underway to expand the existing unit to its new, 45-bed capacity. The expansion came about in response to an increased community need for the quality and level of care offered at Heinz Transitional Rehab.

“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,” said Attorney Bill Conaboy, President and C.E.O. of Allied Services Integrated Health System. “The newly expanded unit fills a gap in the region’s healthcare continuum. Right here in Wilkes-Barre, 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.”

Guests at the grand re-opening took the opportunity to tour the unit and learn more about the level of care and types of patients who may benefit from transitional rehab.

“Transitional patients will have access to the same rehab expertise, advanced technology and superior care that earned Heinz Rehab Hospital its five star rankings and the title of Nation’s Best Nursing Homes,” said Administrator Chris Minich, N.H.A., OTR/L referring to the latest published reports from U.S. News & World Report.

“A wide range of patients may be appropriate and benefit from the level of care provided at Heinz Transitional Rehab: patients recovering from surgery, orthopedic injury or neurological condition; individuals who are de-conditioned or experiencing fractures, falls or weakness.”

The newly expanded Transitional Rehab Unit (TRU) provides around-the-clock nursing care, coupled with multi-disciplinary rehab performed on-site at the Heinz Rehab Hospital. For patients, that means ready access to the most highly qualified therapists and nurses, the latest therapies and technologies, and accommodations that are safe, well-equipped and attractive. Patients and family members can learn more at or by phoning 570-826-3885.

Left to right: Mike Avvisato, Senior Vice President & CFO; Lisa Langan, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing, Heinz Transitional Rehab; Robert Cole, PhD, Senior Vice President & Chief Analytics Officer, Allied Services; Tom Malone, Board Chairman, Allied Services; Karen Kearney, Vice President of Inpatient Rehabilitation, Allied Services; Deborah Monelli, RN, Director of Nursing, Heinz Transitional Rehab; Chris Minich, NHA, OTR/L, Assistant Vice President & Administrator, Heinz Transitional Rehab; Atty. Bill Conaboy, CEO & President, Allied Services; Senator Lisa Baker; Mary Erwine, Chair, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Martin D. Blidner, Medical Director, Heinz Transitional Rehab; Lindsay Bezick, COO, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; Wico van Genderen, CEO, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.