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South Nassau Communities Hospital's Transitional Care Unit Wins 5-Star Rating

The 20-bed rehabilitation unit provides rehabilitative care, including physical and occupational therapy combined with specialized medical and nursing care.

Oceanside, NY, May 18, 2016 --( South Nassau Communities Hospital's Transitional Care Unit (TCU) is the first and only unit of its kind on Long Island to receive the highest possible Overall Quality rating of five stars from the US Federal Government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare ratings service.

The 20-bed rehabilitation unit - located directly in the hospital - provides rehabilitative care, including physical and occupational therapy combined with specialized medical and nursing care. The unit's goal is to speed a patient's transition from hospital to home.

The Overall Quality rating is based on performance measured in stars awarded, with 5 being the most in each of the three categories: 1) Health Inspections, 2) Quality Measures and 3) Staffing. The CMS website provides ratings of healthcare providers and services so that individuals, family members, and caregivers can identify and compare the quality of the providers and services located in and proximate to their communities.

"We are delighted that the federal government has now recognized what our patients and staff have known for some time - South Nassau's transitional care unit is among the very best on Long Island and in the country," said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau's President & CEO. "This rating validates our effort to be the very best in all we do when it comes to quality."

"I congratulate the TCU staff for their dedication to our patients and to the high standards they have set for themselves. Achieving a 5 star rating is a major accomplishment," Murphy said.

According to CMS, the five-star rating means that South Nassau's TCU is ranked among the top 10 percent nationwide. Data showed that the unit surpassed the national average bench mark on 5 out of 5 quality and safety measures:

National Average SNCH TCU

Influenza vaccination 81.5% 99.6%

Pneumococcal vaccination 81.9% 99.7%

% pts w/moderate to severe pain 17.2% 0.3%

% pts. w/pressure ulcers new or worsened 1.2% 0%

% of pts newly receiving antipsychotics 2.2% 0.8%

Opened November 10, 2014, South Nassau's 20-bed TCU provides a short-term level of care for appropriate patients whose acute diagnosis has been stabilized but are not yet well enough to be discharged to home, a subacute rehab facility, or a nursing home. While the length of stay in the TCU is a minimum of five to a maximum of 21 days, the care it provides, including specialized medical and nursing care with rehabilitation services, facilitates patients' recovery so that after they are discharged they are prepared to achieve a seamless transition back to their prior living arrangements.

The TCU's guiding therapeutic and rehabilitative principle is that the patient's active participation in rehabilitative therapies can accelerate the transition from the hospital to home. The unit's patient care team of physicians, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and aides assess each patient to develop a patient-centered plan of care to ensure prompt healing and recovery.
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