Florida Hospital Oceanside Opens Transitional Care Unit

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla., April 20, 2016 Florida Hospital Oceanside has opened a 23-bed Transitional Care Unit (TCU) on the second and third floors to provide skilled 24-hour nursing care and occupational, physical, and speech therapy.

The TCU offers a higher level of care and more treatment options than a traditional skilled nursing facility.

The unit at Florida Hospital Oceanside is designed for patients that are almost ready to be discharged from the hospital, but are not quite ready to go home or be admitted to Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation, a licensed, in-patient, comprehensive medical rehabilitation facility in Ormond Beach. With the TCU, these patients can be discharged from the hospital, admitted to the TCU and begin receiving physical therapy. After their stay in the TCU, patients can either be discharged home or stay as an inpatient at Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation.

Our new TCU will be a great blessing to the community, said Howard Perch, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center executive director of rehabilitation services. Often, when its time to leave the hospital, a patient may still require skilled rehabilitation and/or skilled nursing for a stroke, surgery, or treatment of kidney, heart, or respiratory conditions. With our TCU, patients can still receive care by an interdisciplinary team, similar to an inpatient rehabilitation facility, with skilled 24-hour nursing care, wound care, occupational, physical and speech therapy. In this TCU, patients will benefit from our continuum of care and multidisciplinary team approach that includes 24-hour rehabilitation nursing and close medical supervision by a physician.

Because the unit will be licensed and accredited for hospital-level rehabilitation care, patients in the TCU will also be able to receive intensive inpatient therapy.

TCU patients have an average length of stay of 20 days, and have co-existing medical conditions which may be acute or chronic.

The TCU team will work to identify the patient's medical conditions, formulate a treatment plan, set reasonable goals and coordinate care to meet those goals, ultimately resulting in long term improvement, said Perch.

About Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center

Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. Our locations include Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach and Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, as well as outpatient facilities in Port Orange, Daytona Beach Shores and New Smyrna Beach. With 277-beds, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 899 beds and nearly 5,900 employees. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits in 2015 to the underprivileged, the community's overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements. For more information about Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, visit www.floridahospitalmemorial.org.

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