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Jun 13

Bacharach Celebrates 90 Years

Bacharach Celebrates 90 Years

Founded on Mother’s Day, 1924 as a hospital for children with polio, over the past 90 years Bacharach has become one of the leading destinations for serious care for stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries.

 

To commemorate 90 years of working to keep the community strong, we held a series of events, contests, raffles and giveaways in an effort to promote pride in a remarkable legacy.

 

Since January, Bacharach employees have been wearing buttons emblazoned with the motto “90 Years Strong."  We have dressed up as though it were 1924, and raffled a donated vacation to The Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas for 90 cents a ticket.

We had a 90-Cent-Lunch Day, and rounded up a team of 90 walkers and runners to participate in the Shirley Mae and Michael J. event.  All of the fun culminated in a day-long birthday celebration and barbecue on May 9th, replete with birthday cake, picnic perfect weather, and a silly send-up of the somber Annual Mother’s Day Exercises.  Our not-so-somber 90th will be remembered for many years to come.

 

As part of Bacharach’s 90th Year Strong Birthday Celebration, 90 walkers and runners from Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation participated in the 12th Annual Shirley Mae Run and Michael J. Walk (our team photo appears at the top of this article). All proceeds from the event were donated to the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Assistance Fund, the Michael J. Neustadter Pancreatic Cancer Fund and Gilda's Club South Jersey. The event, which took place on May 10, featured more than 2,500 participants and spectators and included a celebration of more than 250 breast cancer survivors.

 

Richard Kathrins, Ph.D., President and CEO of Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation gave the keynote address at what he thought was the 90th Annual Mother’s Day Exercise.  Instead, we had some fun pretending to go back in time to the original opening in 1924.  Skip Broomall played Harry Bacharach, Bob Speirs delighted the crowd with his cameo as the first nurse ever to be hired at the hospital, and we sang the newly minted Irving Berlin hit “God Bless America.” In the picture above, an unsuspecting Kathrins was interrupted by newsboy Donna Dykes with a “telegram” from President Calvin Coolidge.

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Jun 13

Exercise Component of Cardiac Rehabilitation Helps Keep Hearts Pumping

Exercise Component of Cardiac Rehabilitation Helps Keep Hearts Pumping

Cardiac rehabilitation should be a lifelong process, since the very best heart medicine on the market is a daily dose of exercise.

 

In medical settings, cardiac rehab is generally referred to as having three phases.

 

Phase 1 is an inpatient stay for patients coming right out of surgery, usually after a valve replacement or repair, bypass surgery, heart transplant, stent placement chest pain or a heart attack.

 

The next step is called Phase 2. In Phase 2, patients exercise for an hour three times a week for a period of 12 weeks. They wear monitors during exercise and their vital signs are closely observed since for many, this is the first routine exercise in years. This 12-week program is covered by Medicare and most other insurance and is considered a critical and necessary component in the recuperation process. In addition to exercise, there is counseling on diet and healthy behaviors such as smoking cessation, not to mention the support and encouragement of others who are sharing the same experience.

 

At the end of 12 weeks, stronger and with greater endurance and energy than they could have imagined, cardiac rehab patients are ready for Phase 3 (pictured above). 

 

Ronn Franceschini, Director of Cardiac Services and John DeFeo, Senior Exercise Specialist and their team oversee the cardiac rehabilitation program at Bacharach.

 

Ronn described Phase 3, saying, “Cardiac Phase 3 rehab is for patients who have reached their goals and have been discharged from the Phase 2 program. Cardiac Rehab Phase 3 allows us to monitor individuals in a fully staffed hospital-based outpatient program while they continue to exercise.” 

 

Patients come in for a one-hour workout on Tuesday and Thursday and every other Saturday for a total of 10 days per month.Their heart rate and blood pressure are monitored and recorded before and after they exercise and, on occasion, they will be reevaluated using telemetry monitoring. Ronn shared, “We focus on cardiovascular and resistance exercises such as treadmills, bicycles, rowing machines and some weight training.”

 

In a stroke of luck, Atlantic County’s Office of Intergenerational Services has provided a $20,000 grant to Bacharach’s Cardiac Phase 3 patients who meet age, residential and financial criteria. While the $45 per month fee is less than that of many fitness centers, most qualifying seniors are delighted that the county will pick up the tab for three months of Phase 3.

 

John feels the grant support is motivating people to participate in the Phase 3 program, saying, “It is a real incentive as it helps those on a fixed income by giving them a break from a few monthly payments.” 

 

Both Ronn and John are pleased with the results. Ron said, “Our patients are extremely happy. The county’s grant program encourages them to take advantage of the three months of free exercise.” When the program is over, people can continue their exercise program at Bacharach at a reasonable rate or a Bacharach therapist will consult with a local gym to develop an individualized exercise program.

 

For more information on Bacharach’s Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab Program, please call (609) 748-2091 or click here.

Jun 13

Bacharach’s Driver Re-Education Program Helps Drivers Get Back on the Road

Bacharach’s Driver Re-Education Program Helps Drivers Get Back on the Road

Clare McLaughlin, an Occupational Therapist and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist for the past 20 years, directs Bacharach’s Driver Re-Education program.

 

Clients are often referred to the driving program by their doctors if they are unsure of their ability to drive due to a medical condition. Those under the care of a physician for conditions such as a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, MS or Parkinson’s disease must be medically cleared by a physician before they are able to return to driving, according to New Jersey State Law.  

 

Once referred to the Driving Program, the client will participate in a Pre-Driver Evaluation. This evaluation tests the patient’s vision, reaction time and thinking skills. When the client successfully passes the Pre-Driver Evaluation, they progress to a Behind the Wheel Evaluation. If the client fails either of these evaluations, they need to wait six months before taking the test again.

 

Some clients require specialized adaptive driving equipment to operate a vehicle due to their medical condition. The vehicle can be adapted with different types of driving equipment based on each client’s needs. Clare explained, “A spinner knob is attached to the steering wheel for a client who only has the use of one hand. A left foot accelerator cross-over pedal is mounted on the floor for a client who is unable to use the right foot on the gas pedal and brake. Hand controls to operate gas and brake are attached to the vehicle for a client who is unable to use their legs for driving.”

 

Many times, clients with visual deficits from a brain injury or stroke need re-education in order to drive.  Clare explained, “Some of our clients have vision loss or double vision. I can provide them with training to help them safely and independently operate a vehicle while using prism glasses prescribed and issued by a neuro-optometrist.”

 

Clare also works with new drivers and shared, “If a teenager has a brain injury, they usually come to our program versus a regular driving school, since their cognition and visual perceptual skills are continually assessed as they progress through all driving situations. I teach them the entire driving process.”

 

Sessions last one hour and there is a pre-set route each driver needs to complete. Clare will frequently start in a quiet residential area and progress to a two-lane, then a four-lane road, before graduating to the highway. Clare also takes clients through large shopping center parking lots to help them gain experience safely operating a vehicle in this environment. She continues with the training until they are independent and ready to drive in any road situation.

 

Once clients have passed the re-education program, they go the Motor Vehicle Agency to complete the road test. Any equipment they have in their vehicle will be noted as a restriction code on their license. “People are thrilled when they pass their test. A huge part of being independent involves driving to work, visiting family, and attending community events and activities,” Clare said.

 

Her work with patients through the Driver Re-education program at Bacharach has been so successful that the program was recently highlighted in an article in the Press of Atlantic City (right).

Jun 13

Bacharach Hearing Centers Provide Full Spectrum of Hearing Services

Bacharach Hearing Centers Provide Full Spectrum of Hearing Services

Bacharach’s Hearing Centers, using state-of-the-art digital technology, provide a full spectrum of hearing services for adults and children including evaluations, auditory brainstem evoked response testing, otoacoustic emissions testing, custom hearing aids, assistive listening devices, central auditory processing evaluations, computerized balance testing and education and support groups.

 

At Bacharach Hearing Centers, our primary goal is to identify the type and degree of hearing loss and provide solutions to manage listening and lifestyle needs. Dr. Janet Revelle, Au.D., Director of Audiology, pictured above with a patient, has been with Bacharach for the past 30 years.  She shared, “I am fortunate to be part of the Bacharach team as we promote a patient-centered focus. As Doctors of Audiology, we are uniquely qualified to provide the most updated protocols utilizing the most advanced technology available to ensure our patients receive the best possible care.”

 

More than 36 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss – this number has more than doubled in the past 30 years – as people are living longer and are exposed to more noise. According to Dr. Revelle, “Hearing loss is one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America. Although  many people are being more proactive with their health and get regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol  and vision, no one stops to think about their hearing, even though hearing and communication are paramount to interacting naturally, remaining active and enjoying life.” 

 

 Most hearing loss is progressive in nature and changes gradually over time. Dr. Revelle continued, “Those suffering from hearing loss aren’t the first ones to notice it and sometimes have a defensive response when someone suggests that they need their hearing checked.” 

 

Although many people assume hearing loss is an age-related issue, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, six out of 10 Americans with hearing loss are below retirement age and one in five teenagers has some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can actually be the result of excessive noise exposure, common among those who listen to loud music on an iPod or work in loud work environments such as airports, casinos and sports arenas. Dr. Revelle said, “I have seen college students who do landscaping in the summer experience hearing loss before the age of 30. Excessive noise wears out the sensory hair cells in the inner ear and these do not regenerate.”  Hearing protection is recommended for those exposed to damaging levels and can actually prevent hearing loss due to excessive sound exposure.

 

There are two main types of hearing loss – sensory hearing loss and conductive hearing loss. Sensory hearing loss occurs in the inner ear or auditory nerve and is frequently treated by the use of hearing devices. Conductive hearing loss impacts the way sounds are conducted from the outer ear, through the eardrum and bones of hearing to the inner ear, such as earwax build-up, fluid or infection. In these situations, referral to a physician can result in medical treatment and improvement. Some individuals with normal hearing for sound may also report difficulty hearing and understanding conversation in competing sound conditions. This involves how speech is processed by the brain and can be identified by specialized testing procedures.

 

Dr. Revelle said, “Many patients avoid getting their hearing checked and don’t want to let anyone know they are having issues with their hearing. This may cause them to withdraw from family and social situations and limit their interactions with others causing depression and cognitive decline. A recent study performed at Johns Hopkins revealed a strong link between untreated hearing loss and rapid onset of Alzheimer’s disease.”

 

According to Dr. Revelle, it is critical for anyone who is having difficulty hearing at home, work, or in social environments to have their hearing tested. “A hearing evaluation is easy, painless and covered by most insurance companies. The first step in proactive hearing health care is to have a hearing evaluation conducted by a licensed audiologist.”

 

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact one of our convenient locations:

 

Main Campus                                 

61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road            

Pomona, NJ  08240                        

(609) 748-5370

 

Somers Point

647 Shore Road

Somers Point, NJ 08244

 (609) 601-8590

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Jun 13

Renaissance Pavilion Helps Patients Regain Independence

Renaissance Pavilion Helps Patients Regain Independence

Bacharach’s Renaissance Pavilion offers patients short-term inpatient care after a stroke, joint replacement, illness, injury or surgery, serving as a link between the hospital and home. The expert therapists and skilled nurses at Renaissance Pavilion help patients rebuild their strength and regain their independence so they can get home as quickly as possible.

 

Skip Broomall, licensed administrator at Renaissance Pavilion has 32 years of experience and has been with Bacharach for the past two years. He shared, “Our 30-bed facility is different from a long-term care environment. We offer individual and group therapy, case management and discharge planning resulting in superior patient satisfaction. In addition, we are only steps away from a complete spectrum of services, including emergency and acute care as well as radiology and other lab services.”   

 

Renaissance Pavilion’s Pomona campus features beautiful grounds and gardens. Rooms are neatly appointed and the therapy rooms are sun-filled and spacious. As the most sought-after setting for joint replacement patients in southern New Jersey, Renaissance Pavilion earned a Five-Star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is the only Five-Star facility in Atlantic County.

 

Skip continued, “I view this as a people business. Our staff members are committed to their professions and take pride in providing excellent customer service. There is very little staff turnover. For example, our director of therapeutic recreation has been here for 36 years.”

 

If a patient is not sure if they are better suited for inpatient or outpatient therapy, an admission specialist from Renaissance Pavilion can provide important input on which type of therapy they will benefit from the most. According to Skip, “It is the physician, supporting professionals and the patient that make the final determination as to whether they will receive inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation.”

 

When patients first come to Renaissance Pavilion, the staff assesses their condition and determines their individualized therapy protocol. The standard protocol at Renaissance Pavilion is two hours of therapy per day encompassing physical, occupational and recreational therapy. 

 

Skip explained, “After a person has had a stroke and becomes somewhat rehabilitated, they come to us and we work with them to ensure that not only are they physically rehabilitated, but that they are able to complete the practical tasks of daily living. We work closely with them to be sure they can do things such as opening cabinets and getting dressed so they can be independent and resume their lives when they get back home.”

May 21

It's Official - We're 90!

It's Official - We're 90!
It is official! We are 90 years old as of Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014. If you have been following our journey toward the big day, you know that we capped off the festivities with support of the Shirley Mae Run and the Michael J. Walk. The event raises money for people with breast cancer and for research on pancreatic cancer. 
 
We thought it was fitting to round up 90 Bacharach runners and walkers, and we did that and then some. Even more important, we thought it was appropriate to follow the lead of the Bacharach family, to be socially responsible for a greater good. 
 
So it was actually easy to round up 90 people who were eager to represent Bacharach. 
We had nurses and occupational therapists, an audiologist and a doctor, many physical therapists, accountants and speech therapists, and one of our engineers.  We brought our children and our grandchildren and we wore our 90 Years Strong tee shirts with pride. 
 
 
Since January, we have been celebrating our milestone year with raffles and contests, buttons, trips, costumes, a birthday party and the Shirley Mae run.  We are obsessed with the rich history of Bacharach, revealed in an endless supply of old photographs.  From them we have learned about Atlantic City, electric with entertainers, and about the powerful men and women who made the Betty Bacharach Home their life’s work.
 
They saw to it that the children cared for at Betty Bacharach got the best that medicine had to offer, with a slug of Hollywood and slice of Broadway thrown in for good measure.  Pretty potent stuff. 
 
What fun we have had in honoring the legacy of the early years with our 90th celebration!  Here’s to another 90 years of keeping our neighbors healthy and strong.
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