UMCP's Acute Rehabilitation Unit Moves into Hospital

Oct 8, 2008

On-Site Location Offers Enhanced Care for Patients

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit of University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP), which provides highly specialized care for patients with physical disabilities resulting from injuries and medical conditions such as strokes, has relocated as of mid-September to the hospital's Witherspoon Street campus.

The 17-bed unit, previously part of the Merwick Campus on Bayard Lane, is now located on the second floor of UMCP at 253 Witherspoon St.

UMCP's Acute Rehabilitiation Unit is the only acute rehab facility in Mercer County to be accredited by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is an international organization that assesses physical medicine and rehabilitation programs to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.

"Moving the unit greatly complements UMCP's status as a state-designated Primary Stroke Center, which includes 24/7 access to exceptional neurodiagnostics such as a state-of-the-art 3.0T MRI scanner and two multislice CT scanners. Our patients also will be supported by on-site respiratory services and a rapid response team of physicians, nurses and other clinicians specially trained to treat emerging and acute clinical issues," Carol Sonatore, DO, FAAPMR, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Medical Director of UMCP's Acute Rehabilitation Unit, explains.

Residing in the hospital will not only enable prompt care and greater comfort than traveling between facilities for such services as radiology or cardiology, but also facilitates a speedy transition in the event patients require emergent acute hospitalization.

More details about the move and UMCP's Acute Rehabilitation Unit are available by contacting 609.497.3058.

About UMCP's Acute Rehabilitation Unit

University Medical Center at Princeton's Acute Rehabilitation Unit is designed to help individuals recovering from a serious injury or illness regain function and ease the transition back to home. Our multi-disciplinary team provides care for individuals with a variety of conditions, including strokes, craniotomies, neurological conditions, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Parkinson's disease, complex joint replacements (e.g., bilateral knee and hip replacements), debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and amputations. The team is led by a physician who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and includes board certified internists; physical, occupational and speech therapists; rehabilitation nurses; registered dietitians; and licensed clinical social workers.

About Princeton HealthCare System

Princeton HealthCare System is a leading provider of healthcare services. A respected nonprofit, community teaching system, we offer compassionate care supported by advanced technologies and an outstanding medical staff. More than 97 percent of our physicians have achieved board certification, the hallmark of professional excellence. Through our affiliations with academic institutions, we are setting new standards in diagnostic and treatment protocols and achieving successful clinical outcomes for our patients. Princeton HealthCare System is Redefining Care through our commitment to delivering an exceptional level of clinical care and individualized caring for each and every patient.