FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

What specialized services are available at a long-term acute care hospital?

As a patient, you will have access to a range of treatments to meet your complex medical needs, such as:

  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Complex wound management
  • Infectious disease management
  • Long-term IV antibiotics
  • Nutritional support services
  • Hemodialysis
  • Bariatric care

Our continuum of care ensures that your needs are managed around-the-clock by a team of medical professionals including:

  • Internal medicine physicians
  • Consulting physicians with a variety of specialties such as: pulmonologists, nephrologists, infectious diseases
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Case managers
  • Dietitians
  • Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Wound care nurse specialists

We act as a bridge to other services and therapies, helping you improve strength and health as you prepare for the road ahead. At the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse, we are committed to helping you meet and overcome those challenges.

Can Good Shepherd Penn Partners handle complex medical problems and pre-existing conditions?
Staff at the Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine can handle most pre-existing conditions and complex medical problems. A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician manages the care of each patient and can consult with specialists as needed. Patients with complex wounds and multiple pulmonary medications are considered for admission at the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse.
Is the Specialty Hospital a “rehabilitation” unit?

Patients admitted to the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse are typically too ill to go to other levels of care, require a doctor’s care every day, or need rehabilitation at a slower pace. Long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) like the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse.

We act as a bridge to other services and therapies, helping you improve strength and health as you prepare for the road ahead. At the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse, we are committed to helping you meet and overcome those challenges.

 

What is a long-term acute care hospital?
A long-term acute care hospital treats patients who, at the time of discharge from an acute care facility, are too medically fragile to go home or to a rehabilitation facility. Such patients may have an underlying chronic disease, like diabetes or heart disease, which delays the healing process. That is where a long-term acute care hospital comes in. Patients receive care for several weeks until they are well enough to move on to the next level of their recovery.
How do I qualify for inpatient rehabilitation care?
The Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine provides care to qualifying individuals who have one or more conditions requiring intensive and interdisciplinary rehabilitation care. Your rehabilitation diagnosis must be medically manageable (i.e. stroke, amputation, spinal cord or brain injury, arthritis, burns, etc.) and you must be able to tolerate three hours of therapy in a 24-hour period at least five days a week. Other admission criteria also apply. Care managers are available to discuss your situation and your rehabilitation options.
Do I need a physician prescription to receive outpatient rehabilitation?
A physician prescription is required for services at Penn Therapy & Fitness. You may get a prescription from your primary care physician or a specialist.
How often will I receive therapy?
Each patient receives an individually designed rehabilitation program, based on his or her medical needs and therapy goals.
How long will I stay in your facility?
Your length of stay depends on diagnosis, functional ability and safety issues. Nationally, the typical stay in an inpatient rehabilitation facility ranges from seven to 21 days.
What is outpatient rehabilitation?
Outpatient rehabilitation helps patients not receiving care in an inpatient hospital or facility regain function following an injury, illness or surgery.

Penn Therapy & Fitness provides a range of outpatient therapies at 15 convenient locations throughout the Delaware Valley.
What is inpatient rehabilitation?

Inpatient rehabilitation facilities like the Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine provide acute physical and cognitive rehabilitation for individuals following stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, amputation or other illnesses and injuries.

The Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine is the inpatient rehabilitation unit licensed through the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and managed by Good Shepherd Penn Partners.

What type of rehabilitation will I receive?
Patients at the Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine receive acute rehabilitation services provided with the oversight of a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. Patients receive up to three hours of physical, occupational or speech therapy services every day, along with 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care.
What is Good Shepherd Penn Partners?
Good Shepherd Penn Partners is a joint venture between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The organization is the post-acute care provider for the entire Penn Medicine network.

The Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine is the inpatient rehabilitation unit licensed through the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and managed by Good Shepherd Penn Partners. It is a 58-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit located at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse.

Good Shepherd Penn Partners also operates the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse, a 38-bed long-term acute care hospital at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse and 15 Penn Therapy and Fitness outpatient rehabilitation locations throughout the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area. Good Shepherd Penn Partners provides therapy services within the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, including the hospitals’ three skilled nursing facilities.

How does a long-term acute care hospital differ from a hospital or nursing home?
The average length of stay for a long-term acute care hospital patient is 25 days, as compared to four to five days in an acute care hospital. A long-term acute care hospital also differs significantly from a long-term care facility or nursing home. Long-term acute care hospital patients are much sicker and may need cardiac monitoring, multiple IVs or even ventilators. Attending physicians visit long-term acute care hospital patients on a daily basis.
Who provides care at Penn Therapy & Fitness?
Certified physical, occupational and speech therapists provide individualized care at 15 convenient Penn Therapy & Fitness locations in Pennsylvania and South Jersey.