Infectious Disease Program

Infections are often unexpected and stressful events that can lead to extended hospital stays. The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse provides comprehensive medical and nursing services to care for patients with infectious diseases requiring IV antibiotics. Our program provides the highest quality care, led by specialized medical staff and board-certified infectious disease physicians.

What to Expect

Our physician-led infectious disease team is backed by the Penn Medicine network and includes a board certified infectious disease physician and a certified infection control nurse.

These clinicians work closely with pharmacists, hospitalists and other team members to prevent, monitor and treat infections through a variety of methods including:

  • Comprehensive clinical wound management and therapy
  • Early infection diagnosis
  • IV Therapy (TPN and antibiotics)
  • Managing antibiotic use to prevent development of drug-resistant organisms
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Surveillance of all patients for drug-resistant organisms
  • Updating clinical staff on infection prevention measures

Program clinicians have expertise in treating infections with organisms such as meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), multi-drug resistant gram-negative bacteria and recurrent infections with C. difficile.

Who Can Benefit From Our Program

Our patients may require specialized care for conditions such as:

  • Brain abscesses
  • Endocarditis
  • Infected surgical wounds
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Septic arthritis

We also specialize in caring with patients with complicated medical conditions such as HIV, chronic mycobacterial infections, fungal infections, cystic fibrosis and organ transplants.