Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, NJ
Dec 12

Bacharach Raises Big Bucks through #GivingTuesday Campaign

Bacharach Raises Big Bucks through #GivingTuesday Campaign

We are thrilled to report that this year’s #GivingTuesday™

campaign raised more than $40,000. #GivingTuesday™ is a global day of giving designed to unite people to help those in need. This is an important fundraiser as all of the donations we received from our #GivingTuesday campaign will benefit the Bacharach Hospital Foundation – helping us to provide the best possible care to the community.


Sincere thanks go out to our generous #GivingTuesday™ matching donors: Akpharma, Glenn Insurance, Hersh Kozlov, Esq., and the Building Trades Council of Atlantic, Cape May and Vicinity, who matched every donation, dollar-for-dollar, during our #GivingTuesday campaign. And we would also like to recognize our dedicated Bacharach employees who contributed more than $18,000 to the campaign.


There were many exciting and fun events that took place throughout the campaign and the entire Bacharach team got involved. Starting in September, we posted #GivingTuesday™ on Facebook and Twitter, comparing our fundraising efforts over the past 90 years to our online

outreach. In order to highlight our matching donors, Bacharach employees dressed up and posed as twins on social media. And, our creative T-shirt festival (top photo) was featured in an article about #GivingTuesday™ in the Press of Atlantic City


Thank you to all those who participated in this special day of giving. We truly appreciate your ongoing support.

Dec 12

Bacharach Awarded CARF Accreditations

Bacharach Awarded CARF Accreditations

Only Rehabilitation Hospital in the Tri-State Area to Receive 11 Accreditations

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent, international accrediting body, recently awarded Bacharach with 11 CARF accreditations for our inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs.


Accredited programs include our inpatient brain injury specialty programs and spinal cord system of care for adults, children and adolescents and our stroke specialty program for adults. We also received accreditation for our outpatient brain injury specialty program for children and adolescents and our spinal cord system of care for adults, children and adolescents. This is the 40th consecutive year that Bacharach has been awarded the prestigious CARF accreditation.

This decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and demonstrates Bacharach’s substantial commitment to meeting the highest standards of care. In order to receive the three-year accreditation, we went through a rigorous peer-review process. During an on-site visit, Bacharach demonstrated to a team of surveyors that we offer programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.


Congratulations to our dedicated staff for helping us to achieve this important recognition and thank you for all that you do.

Dec 12

Bacharach Celebrates Annual Gala

Bacharach Celebrates Annual Gala

Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation hosted its annual Gala on December 2 at Tomatoe’s in Margate to benefit the Bacharach Hospital Foundation. With help from generous sponsors (Presenting Sponsor Cape Bank, Ruby Sponsor TD Bank, and Gold Sponsors AtlantiCare; Brown Brothers Harriman, Capaldi, Reynolds & Pelosi; Holy Redeemer; Innovative Risk and Kisby Shore Corporation), we were able to raise more than $100,000 to support our programs and services. Bacharach provides more charity care than any other freestanding rehabilitation hospital in New Jersey. Pictured in the photo above are Bacharach President & CEO Richard J. Kathrins, Ph.D. with Jim Lees, president emeritus of the Bacharach Foundation. View more photos from the Gala below.


Philip Perskie, chairman of Bacharach’s board of governors, with Alvin Ong, M.D. and his wife, Sulin Yao, M.D.


Pictured here are, from left, Berny Capaldi, Patty Capaldi, Steve Fenwick, Ann Glenn and Gabe Staino.


Presenting Sponsor Cape Bank:

Seated from left are Janet Petrini, Jennifer DeGenova and Gail Scull; standing from left Cami Bonsera, Lou Petrini, Craig DeGenova and Tony Scull.

Dec 12

Bacharach's Psychology Department Focuses on Patients' Emotional Health

The healing process involves many critical factors and emotional and psychological care is often an important part of the equation. At Bacharach, the emotional health of our patients is a key component of our team approach to rehabilitation.


Maria Ramundo, Ph.D. (right,) Bacharach stroke program coordinator and senior psychologist, has been with Bacharach for the past six years. With an academic focus on the integration of health and psychology, Dr. Ramundo’s true passion is promoting health and wellness and educating individuals who are experiencing a health issue, especially a stroke. She shared, “When patients and their families are faced with an illness it can be very alarming. At Bacharach, we are there for our patients. We provide education, information and support to help patients and their families adjust.”


Dr. Ramundo provides individual therapy as well as facilitates the community stroke support group. Working as part of the Bacharach team, psychologists meet with the physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiatrists and social workers to review each patient’s progress individually and address issues that might arise.


When the team determines that a patient is struggling and having trouble coping with their illness and its impact, a member of the Psychology Department meets with them to conduct an evaluation. Dr. Ramundo shared, “We help patients to accept their situation, providing them with the tools they need. We work closely with each patient to provide them with various techniques and strategies to help them cope. We encourage patients to take an active role in their rehabilitation process. The team helps patients identify their strengths and utilize their support systems and community resources.”


Curtis H. Waechtler, Ph.D. (right), a senior neuropsychologist and the brain injury program coordinator for Bacharach, also stresses the team approach. He said, “We work together as a team to identify any kind of emotional reactions and cognitive effects our patients are going through due to their traumatic experience.”


When Dr. Waechtler conducts a neuropsychological assessment, he obtains a thorough history from the patient. Cognitive screening tests and clinical observation assist Dr. Waechtler in determining orientation, memory, attention and concentration levels. He explained, “We want to know how well the patient is oriented, is able to comprehend, retain information and the status of their judgment and reasoning.”


Based on the patient’s status, Dr. Waechtler works with the Bacharach team to help the patient cope with what they are experiencing. He said, “One thing that we discuss is the correct approach based on the patient’s individual situation. While the focus is on helping patients improve, we also evaluate whether they need to learn coping strategies.”


Providing individual therapy, family support and community support group, team conferences and more, the Psychology Department plays a key role in each of Bacharach’s therapeutic programs. As always, our mission is to restore the independence and well-being of our patients by providing the highest quality health care and accessible interdisciplinary services.


For more information about Bacharach's Psychology Department, call (609) 748-5430 or email

Dec 12

Bacharach Hospital Foundation Welcomes Three New Board Members

The Bacharach Hospital Foundation has named three new trustees, Celest Abdel-Baaith, Douglas J. Heun and Patrick McCormick.


Celest Abdel-Baaith (right), branch manager of the Atlantic City office for TD Bank, has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. Ms. Abdel-Baaith is very involved in the community, serving on the board of the Metropolitan Business & Citizen’s Association and volunteering with the Atlantic City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Atlantic City. She said, “I am honored to be a part of Bacharach Hospital Foundation because it is such a prestigious organization that positively impacts people’s lives when they need it the most.”


Douglas Heun (right), a CPA and partner with Freidman, LLP, was a founding partner of Tracey Heun Brennan & Co. He has 40 years of experience in accounting, taxation, financial planning and managerial consulting. Mr. Heun serves as president of the Challenged Children’s Charities Corporation and vice president of Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. In addition, he is a member of Sturdy Bank’s Board of Directors and the Community Advisory Board for Jewish Family Services of Atlantic County, serves as treasurer for Cape Mediation Services and is a member of the Shore Medical Center Foundation Board and Shore Medical Enterprise. He shared, “I wanted to serve on this board because I have always been impressed with Bacharach and its CEO Richard Kathrins, and I believe they do a great job for the community.”


Patrick McCormick (right), sales director at Trump Taj Mahal, has extensive experience in gaming industry hotel sales. He previously served at Bally’s Entertainment as a sales manager and Trump Entertainment Resorts as a national sales manager.


Robert Mairone, president of the Bacharach Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees said, “We welcome our new board members. Celest, Douglas and Patrick bring a wealth of experience that will greatly benefit the Bacharach Foundation. The board looks forward to working with them as we continue to support Bacharach in its mission to provide our community with the highest level of patient care.”

Dec 12

New Training Area Helps Patients Navigate All Terrains

New Training Area Helps Patients Navigate All Terrains

Kelly’s All Pro Landscaping of Linwood, N.J. recently donated materials and labor to Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation to build a new terrain training area for patients. The terrain training area will allow patients to attempt and master varied surfaces in a safe environment. Patients who learn to walk or wheel on flat interior surfaces may struggle with the varied and bumpy surfaces found outside the hospital. 


Lori Rees, director of engineering for Bacharach, drew the plans for the training area, which includes four different surfaces – even pavers, uneven pavers, stone and sand.  A crew from Kelly’s All Pro Landscaping installed the pavers and Frank Hacker, from F. Hacker Trucking in Sweetwater, NJ, provided labor and expertise for the sand and stone portions of the training area. 


Above, pictured left to right: Don Kelly, owner of Kelly’s All Pro Landscaping, Lori Rees, director of engineering for Bacharach and Gabe Staino, senior development officer for the Bacharach Hospital Foundation.

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