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Stern Center for Extend Care and Rehabilitation Renovates Patient Units and Gym

The Stern Family Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (CECR) recently renovated two patient cre units, totaling 58 beds on the second floor, and expanded its rehab gym at a cost of $2.7 million. Recognized for its expertise in short-term, sub-acute rehabilitation services, the CECR upgraded the facility to meet the growing needs of patients of all ages who need rehab in the areas of orthopedics, cardiology, neurology and complex medical conditions, major service lines of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

The refurbished units, known as 2 NE and 2 SE, have 14 private and 22 semi-private patient rooms. Upgrades include: high-tech, specialty beds designed to reduce pressure ulcers that are also equipped with alarms to prevent patient falls; stylish wood bedside tables; updated visitor seating, new lights and fixtures in the bathrooms; newly painted earth-toned colored walls and corridors lined with colorful abstract artwork, adding to the homelike environment. Unit 2 NE is open and the other unit is slated to open in January.

The rehab gym, conveniently located near the new patient units, was renovated and increased in size by 63 percent to 3,500 square feet from 2,200 square feet.

Each unit’s nursing station was redesigned with mahogany wood-like furniture and floors and configured with a renovated day room behind it. The day rooms, furnished with tables, chairs and an updated kitchenette, are used by patients to visit with family members or a place to share a meal. The day rooms take advantage of natural sunlight and overlook greenery and gardens.

“Due to national recognition for its outstanding rehabilitation services, the CECR has become a destination site for rehab patients, from ages 19 to 90,” said Maureen McClusky, executive director of the CECR. “The newly refurbished patient units and rehab gym will enhance the care and service to the patients we serve.”

Ms. McClusky said that the CECR is specially suited to treat short-term, sub-acute rehab patients because of “the unique complement of the facility’s professional staff.” She said the CECR has a full-time medical staff, including advanced nurse practitioners and eight geriatric medicine fellows as well as over 50 full-time physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapists.

Last year, US News and World Report ranked the 249-bed CECR as one of “America’s Best Nursing Homes,” and among the top 12 percent of the nation’s 16,000 skilled nursing facilities.

As a result of the renovation and expansion, the CECR hired 70 new staff members including registered nurses, physicians, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered dieticians, social workers and other support staff.

Seven years ago, North Shore University Hospital had converted the two patient units to acute care hospital medical/surgical units for use primarily by older patients. Since the hospital no longer required the space, in 2009, the CECR was granted permission to restore the units’ residential healthcare facility beds to accommodate the increase in the number of rehab patients.

For more information, contact the Stern CECR at (516) 562-8000.