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Sacred Heart Hospital Hosted Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Transitional Care Facility

June 25, 2009
Contact: Valerie Downing
Vice President - Marketing and Public Relations
610.776.5906 / vdowning@shh.org

Sacred Heart Hospital Hosts Grand Opening Celebration & RibbonCutting Ceremony for New Transitional Care Facility

ALLENTOWN, PA – Sacred Heart Hospital invited the community to attend the Grand Opening Celebration and RibbonCutting Ceremony for Sacred Heart Hospital’s new Transitional Care Facility. The celebration and ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new facility on the fifth floor of the Butz Building. Over 125 community leaders, donors, and community residents met our expert transitional care staff, learned about our enhanced facility and enjoyed light refreshments.

The new TCF facility was dedicated to the late John Iacocca, son of Albert Iacocca, former co-owner of Yocco’s. Albert Iacocca’s lead donation provided major funding to begin renovations. Admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital several days ago, Iacocca was the first patient transferred to the new TCF unit on Thursday morning.

Sacred Heart Hospital’s Transitional Care Facility (TCF) is a licensed 22-bed facility that provides individualized comprehensive skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services in a home-like environment. Our residents range in age from adult to older adult. In TCF, we offer a wide range of services such as nursing, nutrition, and social services. Residents may also receive a variety of therapies such as physical, occupational, speech, respiratory, enterostomal, and recreational therapy. Our interdisciplinary team approach ensures that we provide the highest quality of care. Residents and their families also receive psychosocial, emotional, and educational support, and families are encouraged to participate in a resident’s treatment plan.

In December 2008, TCF was rated the highest rating of Five Stars by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sacred Heart’s TCF was one of only two facilities in Lehigh and Northampton Counties to receive this honor. The Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. This is the first-ever federal public ranking of 15,800 Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities. The government used data from health inspections, staffing, and quality of care measures to arrive at the ratings released on December 18, 2008. The health inspections assess a nursing home’s health care services in compliance with federal and state rules.

Though the former TCF location housed 22 beds, all beds were not able to be utilized to full capacity due to square footage requirements. On the new unit, TCF now offers six dedicated private rooms and 16 semi-private rooms that can be utilized to full capacity.

Formerly, one large multipurpose room was used for physical therapy, dining and socializing, and patients needed to travel elsewhere in the hospital for some elements of occupational therapy. The new TCF offers a great dining area, a sun room with an excellent view, and a large separate physical therapy room. The unit also houses a small kitchen for occupational therapy use. All aspects of resident care and therapy are available right on the unit, providing convenience and flexibility to residents and their families.

Adding a special touch to the new unit, beautiful artwork hangs throughout TCF for residents to enjoy. The artwork, funded through donations, is on display through The Baum School of Art’s Circulating Picture Club.

Renovations for the project totaled approximately $200,000. With the new unit ready for patients, Sacred Heart continues our mission to reach out to the community with an emphasis on helping the aging population. Our Transitional Care Facility certainly meets this community need and is an ideal setting for patients to receive the quality, compassionate care Sacred Heart is known for.

For more information about Sacred Heart Hospital’s Transitional Care Facility, please call 610-776-4910.

Sacred Heart Hospital is a 233-bed Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from acute rehabilitation to bariatric services to adult psychiatric services. A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.

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