Posted Monday, February 4th, 2013

The Subacute Unit at Morris View Healthcare Center in Morris Township welcomed its 100th patient Feb. 1 as it celebrated its 1st birthday.

Morristown resident Doris Fenn, who is in the Subacute Unit for a short-term rehabilitation stay, was the 100th patient and was presented with flowers and a cake by the unit’s staff and administration.

The Subacute Unit at Morris View Healthcare Center opened its doors to its first patients Jan. 31, 2012.

“The unit provides comprehensive inpatient care for patients in need of short-term recovery after a hospital stay as a result of an illness or injury,” said Cathy Engler, Morris View Healthcare Center administrator.

The unit’s areas of focus include orthopedic conditions such as fractures, hip and knee replacement and amputations; post surgical recovery; stroke and neurological rehabilitation; trauma; functional decline due to an illness; and wound care.

Subacute care is generally more intensive than traditional nursing care and less intensive than acute care, and requires frequent patient assessment and review of the clinical course, Engler said.

“The goal is to maximize independence and function. Subacute services are designed to return patients home safely and as soon as possible, with most patients being discharged after 20 days,” Engler said.

Therapy programs are initiated after an evaluation and are delivered according to a physician approved treatment plan.The rehabilitation components consist of physical, occupational and speech therapies and activities of daily living training, according to Engler.

Each of the 15 rooms in the Subacute Unit is a private room, and there is a physical therapy gym dedicated for subacute patients.

Engler said tours of the facility may be arranged and more information may be obtained by calling the Admissions Department at 973-285-2617.