Hoag Fudge Family Acute Rehab Center | Courtesy Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Hoag Hospital Opens New 18-Bed Rehab Center

Carrie Rossenfeld Healthcare & Education

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has opened of the Fudge Family Acute Rehabilitation Center at its Newport Beach, California, campus at 1 Hoag Drive. The center will serve adults who have been treated for neurological and orthopedic issues, as well as traumatic brain injury or stroke.

Some of the unique features of the center include co-location on a hospital campus for streamlined care, private rooms, a “therapy garden” and putting green to help individuals relearn activities they enjoy, and a Smart car to practice getting in and out of the car.

According to Hoag, hospital co-located acute rehabilitation centers are rare in Orange County, with patients relying on a patchwork of private centers to help them regain motor, cognitive, and functional skills following a major health event. By opening the Fudge Family Acute Rehabilitation Center at its Newport Beach campus, Hoag is bridging and guiding the continuum of care, using advanced technology and evidenced-based practices to a population that, while recovering, needs a personalized, high-quality level of care.

Patients treated at the Fudge Family Acute Rehabilitation Center will include those who have experienced amputation, brain injury, brain tumor surgery, cardiac dysfunction and disorders, neurologic disorders, oncology diagnoses, orthopedic injuries and surgery, pulmonary dysfunction and disorders, spinal cord injury and surgery, and stroke. Hoag says the naming donor for the center, Gary Fudge, was passionate about this project because he is a stroke survivor and grateful patient. His experience in finding a rehabilitation option after his stroke was challenging, so he invested in bringing the “best of the best” to Hoag’s campus.

Acute rehabilitation follows hospitalization for a major health impact to prepare a patient to reintegrate into community living, by offering patient-specific daily intensive rehabilitation focused on any residual disabilities in a residential setting.

While patients stay overnight in the 18-bed center, the facility is very different than a hospital. Patients wear “street clothes” and eat together in an open dining room. Therapies and state-of-the-art equipment help patients maximize their independence and reintegrate into community living.

“Immediately following a major health event, patients receive intensive medical care,” says Michael Brant-Zawadzki, M.D., F.A.C.R., senior physician executive, and the Ron & Sandi Simon executive medical director endowed chair of the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag. “But in the weeks and months after a stroke, heart attack, car accident, or other event, many patients still require expert rehabilitation. We offer the Hoag clinical team’s quality care oversight beyond hospitalization, by handing the patient off to our rehabilitation partners. We emphasize a combination of physical, occupational and cognitive treatments, within a homelike environment, with family support to maximize personal independence and improve patients’ outcomes.”

According to Mark Glavinic, Hoag’s director of rehabilitation, “Because we built this facility from the ground up, the entire center is designed to maximize rehabilitation and improve functional outcomes. In addition to state-of-the-art equipment, we have assembled a ‘super team’ of the best of the best in acute rehabilitative care.”

Hoag’s team hails from stroke centers, neurological institutes, and other specialized treatment fields. The team includes physicians, rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, a nurse navigator, and a recreational therapist. The recreational therapist is particularly unique in helping patients reclaim those aspects of their life that they love such as golfing or gardening, by working with patients in the Center’s outdoor therapy garden and putting green. In addition to physical, occupational, and speech therapy several times a day, patients also have access to respiratory therapy, dietary services and dietitian consults, laboratory services, pharmacy, radiology, chaplain services, and case management.

“We understand that a healing environment promotes rehabilitation, and with the generous support of Gary Fudge and others, we have created a center that will help people heal and maximize their independence and quality of life,” Glavinic says.