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
- 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.
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