SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in health care rankings, has named the Edison-based JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree one of the ‘Best Nursing Homes’ for 2019-20. 

“This designation by U.S. News is a wonderful recognition of the excellent care enjoyed by patients at our facility. We are honored to once again receive this prestigious recognition and to share this news with the community,” said Dr. Dawn Giakas, administrator of the Hartwyck Oak Tree facility.

One of a limited number of facilities throughout New Jersey to be named to the list, JFKHartwyck is focused on specialized and innovative health care treatments while also offering a residential unit for long-term care patients. According to the U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Nursing Homes’ list, JFK received a 4 out of 5 overall rating and was ranked high-performing for short-term care along with an average rank for long-term care.

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In making its determinations, U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 homes nationwide, in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. This year, 2,969 nursing homes earned the designation of a ‘U.S. News Best Nursing Home.’ JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree is one of only 137 New Jersey facilities to receive the U.S. News accolade this year. 

"For the aging population in America, a nursing home should meet the specific level of care based on the needs of each patient or resident," Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News, stated on the organization’s website. "The U.S. News Best Nursing Home ratings hone in on measurements like emergency room visits, quality of staff and proper distribution of medical and physical therapy to help families make an informed decision. These ratings help individuals and their families begin their search for senior care and should be used in consultation with a medical professional and in-depth on-site visits.”

“The methodology employed by the U.S. News report takes into consideration things that matter to patients and their families such as staffing and patient care outcomes in addition to the long and short term measures monitored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ” added Giakas. 

About JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree

Located at 2048 Oak Tree Road in Edison, JFK Hartwyck, part of the Hackensack Meridian Health system, is a 120-bed facility offering extended recovery brain injury care, ventilator care, sub-acute rehabilitation care, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, wound care, IV therapy, post-surgical care, long term care, and respite care. 

The facility, which accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance and workers compensation packages, is run by a team of highly-skilled physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, therapists, social workers, dietitians, specialized respiratory therapists, cognitive therapists, head trauma nurses and support staff. Most medical treatment is provided on site and under the care of one’s own physician with patients transported to JFK Medical Center and other facilities for procedures such as chemotherapy and dialysis. 

Hartwyck at Oak Tree also offers comprehensive, goal-oriented inpatient short-term rehabilitation and sub-acute care designed for those recovering from acute illnesses, injury or exacerbation of a disease process.

The Extended Recovery Brain Injury Unit (ERU) at Oak Tree, a component of the JFK Center for Head Injuries, is one of a very limited number of facilities serving brain trauma patients in New Jersey. Designated as a specialty Traumatic Brain Injury Unit by the State of New Jersey Medicaid Program, the ERU at Oak Tree provides each patient with services in a cost effective and socially responsible manner and its sub-acute program provides individualized therapies to each patient.

Additionally, the ERU at Oak Tree specializes in cognitive therapy, a coma intervention program, neuropsychological services, patient and family training, counseling services, physiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work and therapeutic recreation.

Oak Tree was also one of first long-term care facilities in Middlesex County to offer a Ventilator Care Unit. It provides 20 of New Jersey’s 250 ventilator beds, providing expert care to fulfill the complex needs of those individuals. The team – which includes a board-certified medical director; pulmonologists; 24/7 respiratory therapists; RNs trained on ventilator care, restorative support and infusion therapy; speech, hearing, physical and occupational therapists; recreation therapists; social workers; and a registered dietitian – works with each resident to develop a comprehensive, individualized care plan, which is monitored and adapted to reflect the patient’s progress and potential for weaning from the ventilator.

The JFK Hartwyck Centers are a network of three, long-term and sub-acute rehabilitation centers, with more than 500 beds, offering traditional nursing home care, rehabilitation, sub-acute, medical rehabilitation care and respite services; they include JFK Hartwcyk at Edison Estates, JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook and JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree. For more information on JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree visit www.jfkhartwyck.org or call 732-906-2100.

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