Sub-Acute Services

Subacute Services

Greater El Monte Community Hospital has committed itself to search for new ways to provide appropriate and cost-effective medical care for patients with complex medical care needs due to a catastrophic illness or injury. In the past many of these patients were cared for in expensive acute care units due to the unavailability of more appropriate placement options. The gap between acute care and skilled nursing care can be bridged by Greater El Monte Community Hospital at its Subacute Specialty program.

WHAT IS A SUBACUTE UNIT?

The Subacute Unit is a designated area in an acute care hospital that cares for patients who require complex medical technology and support to sustain life. Our goal is to help each patient achieve the best quality of life and the highest level of functioning possible.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Subacute Units may be more cost-effective than traditional acute care beds because beneficiary coverage is maximized through more efficient usage of resources.
Subacute Units accept most payers, including Medicare and Medi-Cal.

WHO CAN BE ADMITTED?

Our Subacute Unit specializes in caring for patients who have:

Multiple trauma, including head and/or spinal cord injury Degenerative diseases:
  • Multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Post-surgical orthopedic skilled care needs and as such may require:

Respiratory support, including ventilator dependency Tracheostomies and/or feeding tubes Pre- and post-rehabilitation needs, including:
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Speech therapy
  • Wound care

THE INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM MEMEBERS

Each resident has a multi-disciplinary care team including: Social Worker, Activities Director, Clinical Director (Registered Nurse), Medical Director (Subacute Specialty Physician), Respiratory Therapist, Physical Therapist, Pharmacist and Nutritionist. Every patient treated in Subacute Unit is approached with compassion and dignity. Families are considered an integral part of the health care team and are kept up-to-date through monthly team conferences Resident Council Meetings.

OUR MISSION

Greater El Monte Community Hospital is dedicated to developing alternative methods of care for patients with complex medical needs.
Greater El Monte Community Hospital dedication stems from the belief that medically complex patients have unique care needs that cannot always be met in a traditional acute care unit. These needs include provisions of therapy and emotional support and development of an individualized care plan by a comprehensive and caring medical team.

Staffing for subacute is slightly lower than acute care, yet is higher than the staffing for skilled nursing facilities. This allows our caregivers to devote the time necessary to care for those patients who have more intensive medical social needs.

Our goal is to maximize improvement for each patient and to provide support for the entire family. We believe in providing each patient an opportunity for LIFE with
DIGNITY and … HOPE.