EDISON, NJ – Ranked one of ‘America’s Top Nursing Homes’ several years in a row by U.S. News & World Report, JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree is one of a limited number of facilities throughout the state focused on providing specialized and innovative health care treatments as well as long-term care. 

Part of the Hackensack-Meridian Health network, JFK Hartwyck focuses on extended recovery brain injury care, ventilator care, sub-acute rehabilitation care, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, wound care, IV therapy, post-surgical care and respite care. The 120-bed facility, located at 2048 Oak Tree Road, also offers long-term care, comprehensive, goal-oriented inpatient short-term rehabilitation, and sub-acute care for those recovering from acute illnesses, injury or exacerbation of a disease. 

“Our patients and residents are happy here and the feedback we receive from them and their families is very positive,” said South Plainfield resident and JFK Hartwyck Administrator Dawn Giakas, DBA, MPH, LNHA, CALA, FABC. “We are committed to providing quality care and love to see people getting rehabilitated, going home and back to the community.” 

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According to Giakas, the facility’s Extended Recovery Brain Injury Unit (ERU), a component of the JFK Center for Brain Injuries, is one of a very limited number of facilities in the state that treat brain trauma patients. Designated as a specialty Traumatic Brain Injury Unit by the State of New Jersey Medicaid Program, the ERU at JFK Hartwyck specializes in individualized treatments and cognitive therapy and offers a coma intervention program; neuropsychological services; patient and family training; counseling services; physiatry; physical, occupational, and speech therapies; social work; and therapeutic recreation.

JFK Hartwyck, said Giakas, was one of first long-term care facilities in Middlesex County to offer a Ventilator Care Unit and currently has 20 of New Jersey’s approximately 250 ventilator beds. The unit is led by a team comprised of a board-certified medical director; pulmonologists; 24/7 respiratory therapists; RNs trained on ventilator care, restorative support and infusion therapy; physical occupational and speech therapists; recreation therapists; social workers; and a registered dietitian who all work together to provide the expert care necessary to fulfill an individual’s complex needs.

“Together, they work with each patient to develop a comprehensive, individualized care plan which is monitored and adapted to reflect one’s progress and potential for weaning off the ventilator,” said Giakas, adding that one of things that sets JFK Hartwyck apart is its staff, many who have been with the facility since it opened more than 30 years ago. 

“Our staff is dedicated to providing the care and medical treatments necessary to help short-term patients recover as soon as possible while also ensuring extended care patients feel at home,” she said. “We customize our specialized and innovative care based on a patients needs for as little or as long as people need us. Obviously, if given a choice, most patients would choose to stay in their homes but for those with complex medical problems or who don’t have the support they need, that’s where we come in.”

JFK Hartwyck accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance and workers compensation packages. Most medical treatment is provided on site and under the care of one’s attending physician with patients transported to JFK Medical Center and other facilities for procedures such as chemotherapy and dialysis.

Additionally, at JFK Hartwyck, both patients and residents are encouraged to pursue their favorite pastimes and enjoy daily activities and special events designed to improve their physical and mental health during treatment and/or recovery. The facility offers a variety of recreational activities each month, including but not limited to day trips, educational programs, pet therapy, talent and fashion shows, barbecues, horticulture therapy, and musical performances. Residents and patients can also spend time outdoors on the facility’s patio and spacious, wooded campus during physical and occupational therapy and while spending time with visitors. 

“We pride ourselves on offering a very professional environment that is also homelike and inviting,” said Giakas. 

The JFK Hartwyck Centers are part of the Hackensack-Meridian Health system that includes three local long-term and sub-acute rehabilitation centers – JFK Hartwyck at Edison Estates, JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook and JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree – and the Whispering Knoll Assisted Living along with an extended network of seven other facilities throughout New Jersey. For more information on JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree visit www.jfkhartwyck.org or call 732-906-2100