Sub Acute

The Sub-Acute Unit at GBMC is designed to help patients achieve the highest possible level of independence. Unlike patients in the ACE unit, patients in the Sub Acute Unit are not hospital patients, but instead are in a step-down program, of sorts – one that will help them regain functionality to return home. The unit is Medicare-certified and is contracted with a number of private insurance carriers.

 What is the Sub-Acute Unit at GBMC?
The Sub-Acute Unit, located on the fifth floor of GBMC, provides transitional care and is licensed as a skilled nursing facility. It is designed to help patients transition back to an independent lifestyle. Unit amenities include a gracious dining room, an activities space and a large, flat screen television. Many patients dress in their own clothing and spend time visiting with friends or family in common spaces.

Why is the environment better for an aging individual? 
Older patients often have a harder time transitioning back home after time spent as a hospital inpatient. Rehabilitation that maximizes function and focuses on goals for a full recovery leads to the greatest success. The Sub-Acute features a team of professionals wholly focused on returning patients to their homes at the greatest functional level possible. The team, which includes licensed nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, speech and activity), clinical dietitians, pharmacists, social workers and support staff, collaborate on treatment under the guidance of a medical director, a nursing director and a unit administrator. The setting is warm and homelike, and the staff seeks to make every patient feel comfortable The unit has its own activities program, and patients are encouraged to participate as a way of furthering recovery and promoting social interaction.

What are the criteria for admission to the Sub-Acute Unit?
The patients on this unit have met the acute care criteria for discharge but are still in need of additional assistance and rehabilitation before they are able to successfully transition back to their own homes. 

The team cares for patients with diverse diagnoses, including:

  • Patients recovering from joint replacement, fractures or amputations
  • Patients with cardiac or respiratory issues
  • Patients rehabilitating from a stroke
  • Patients in need of wound care
  • Patients with cancer.


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