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Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network Accepts First Member Facility in Florida

New York, NY—January 8, 2010

Hospital for Special Surgery's Rehabilitation Network, the first of its kind in the United States, has expanded its membership into Palm Beach County, Florida. Establishing facilities in Florida was a direct response to patient and physician feedback and represents the Network’s first venture outside of the Tri-State area.

"Florida was a logical choice, as outside of the New York-Pennsylvania region, more patients come to HSS from Florida than any other state in the country," said JeMe Cioppa-Mosca, PT, MBA, director, Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network.  "In fact, 41 percent of these patients live in the Palm Beach County area. The decision was also based on physician requests for high quality rehabilitation for their patients," she continued.

With a reputation for providing outstanding patient care as the world's leading specialists in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), based in New York City, receives patients from across the country and from abroad. While patients are willing to travel to HSS for surgery, it can be difficult, or even impossible, for many of these patients to return to the hospital for rehabilitation. To make rehabilitation more convenient for such patients and ensure the same high quality of care they would receive at Special Surgery, the hospital formed the Rehabilitation Network in 1994.

The Network is a partnership between Hospital for Special Surgery and independently-owned rehabilitation centers that includes more than 115 sites within a 90 mile radius of New York City with additional sites now being added in Florida. A center applies to join the network and is put through a rigorous review process that uses Medicare and Joint Commission standards and includes an on-site evaluation. Once accepted, the centers are revisited every 12-18 months by a site examiner, who is a physical therapist with a minimum of 10 years clinical experience, to ensure the standards are maintained.

"We look at everything during the site visit from a basic physical inspection including cleanliness and appropriateness of equipment, to examination of staff credentials, to an evaluation of treatment plans and scheduling systems," says Robin Benick, PT, MA, clinical supervisor, Rehabilitation Network. "They are held to extremely high standards."

The Network has approved its first site in Florida, located in Jupiter.  Three additional practices are in the application process and will undergo site visits later this month.

In addition to the benefit to patients, who can now undergo rehabilitation closer to home or to work, physicians can be confident that their patients will receive high quality and, when appropriate, specialized care  at  a Network member facility.

Members of the Network, in addition to partnering with Hospital for Special Surgery, are also offered exclusive educational and training opportunities, including Continuing Education courses and local workshops. Owners of the facilities, who often operate in isolation, are also invited to owner-only forums where they can share best practices and talk about issues in outpatient care.

For more information on the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network, and to look up Network members by region, please go to http://www.hss.edu/rehab-network.asp.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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