Atlantic Health System and Kindred Healthcare today marked the completion of Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, a brand-new state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation hospital that will combine the expertise of two leaders in high-quality patient care.
The new $24 million, two-story, 38-bed rehabilitation hospital located in Madison, NJ, is the first standalone hospital to be built from the ground-up by Atlantic Health System, and provides a new home for its 38 inpatient rehabilitation beds at its former facility on Mount Kemble Avenue in Morristown. The hospital is a joint venture between Atlantic Health and Kindred.
The new hospital is expected to begin accepting patients in a few weeks, following final regulatory approvals.
Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute stands on approximately 46,000 square feet of land, part of a 40-acre parcel of Giralda Farms owned by Atlantic Health System that will be developed into a campus for health services.
“Joining forces with a nationally recognized leader allows us to expand access to extraordinary rehabilitation services in our communities” said Amy Perry, Senior Vice President, Integrated Care Delivery and CEO of Atlantic Health System’s Hospital Division. “We are proud to partner with Kindred to provide top-caliber patient care in the exceptional healing environment that has been created at Giralda Farms.”
“We are pleased to work with the premier healthcare provider in New Jersey as we address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in the New Jersey and New York area,” said Russ Bailey, Chief Operating Officer of Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services-IRF. “Atlantic Health System has been a great partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them on this high-quality rehabilitation hospital that will greatly benefit the community.”
The new, modernized hospital greatly expands the breadth of capabilities and resources available for treatment, with the aim to help return function to patients and better prepare them to resume everyday functions in their normal life.
The hospital includes numerous additions and enhancements including:
- A therapeutic courtyard, featuring different surfaces to practice real-world walking, such as gravel, paver stones, a putting green, a ramp and stairs, and a simulated curb with a wheelchair cutout
- Bionic, assisted movement systems that help patients to regain movement, such as the motorized exoskeleton system by Ekso Bionics, which helps patients to re-establish their orientation and helps them to walk, and the Bionik InMotion arm, for patients seeking to return movement to their arms following conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, orthopedic surgery, multiple sclerosis and more
- A spacious, state-of the art gym with ceiling lifts, and new equipment such as the Isofree Tecnobody, a total body movement simulator that takes patients through a number of different simulated activities
- A main gym featuring a simulated home space, with a full kitchen, bathroom with standing shower and bathtub, and a washer and dryer, to practice how to return to home life
- A dedicated ADL Suite (Activities of Daily Living), which allows patients to spend the night in a simulated home environment, to prepare for a return to home activities
- Bariatric rooms which feature extra wide door frames, bathrooms, beds and other features designed for obese patients. The new hospital also features a specialty bathroom allowing chair-bound patients to be bathed
- A secured and monitored brain injury unit with a dedicated gym, which includes a specialized therapy table mat, transfer therapy room, speech therapy room and parallel bars
- All rooms are private, with their own showers, and all rooms are monitored
“This new hospital gives our team all the tools they need to care better for our patients, and gives patients the setting they need to prepare them to return to their lives,” said Joseph Rempson, MD, medical director for the new hospital.
The hospital was also designed to accommodate visiting families, with several meeting spaces, as well as amenities such as the putting green and basketball court, which both patients and their families can enjoy.
“Family involvement and the understanding of life post-injury is key to recovery,” said Corey Cooper, executive director of the hospital. “Not only do we want patient engagement, but families actively involved in treatment also”
The hospital is located off Route 124 in Madison within the Giralda Farms campus, once the former estate of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, and is now considered one of the most prestigious office parks in the metropolitan area.
“Mayor Conley and the Madison Borough Council are looking forward to the opening of the new Atlantic Health Rehabilitation Institute,” said Madison Borough councilwoman Carmela Vitale. “This state of the art facility will be a tremendous asset to Madison and the greater area community, serving those in need of rehabilitative care.”
Ground was broken on the new hospital on May 22, 2018. The building was designed by Earl Swensson Associates, and constructed by Holt Construction, and was constructed on schedule.