EDISON, NJ – JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree, 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, has been awarded a ‘Five-Star’ rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The highest recognition awarded by CMS, the ‘five-star’ rating is based on state and national data in the categories of ‘overall quality,’ ‘health inspection,’ ‘quality measures,’ ‘staffing,’ and RN staffing.’

“Our Five-Star rating reflects that Hartwyck at Oak Tree’s data, when compared to state and national data, earned us this recognition, which is the highest you can receive,” said Dr. Dawn Giakas, a South Plainfield resident and administrator at JFK Hartwyck.

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

“The Five-Star rating is a great accomplishment, especially in light of the complex populations cared for at Hartwyck at Oak Tree’s ventilator and traumatic brain injury (TBI) units in addition to the medically complex short stay subacute patients we cater to,” said Giakas, adding that the ‘long stay measures’ are ‘harder to maintain’ as the facility has many ventilator and brain injured patients that remain for the long term (greater than 100 days and often for years or decades).

“We also care for these complex patients on an ongoing basis,” she said. 

Earlier this year, the Oak Tree Road facility also garnered recognition as one of 2019-20’s ‘Best Nursing Homes’ by U.S. News & World Report. 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. 

“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 received this prestigious recognition and to share this news with the community,” said Giakas. 

About JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree

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

The facility, which accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance and worker’s compensation packages, is run by a team of highly-skilled physicians, nurses, certified 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 Sate 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 part of the Hackensack-Meridian Health system that includes three local long-term and sub-acute rehabilitation centers – JFK Hartwcyk at Edison Estates, JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook and Hartwyck at Oak Tree – and the Whispering Knoll Assisted Living along with an extended network of eight other facilities throughout New Jersey. For more information on Hartwyck at Oak Tree visit www.jfkhartwyck.org or call 732-906-2100. 

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