Hebrew Rehab Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Team Up to Improve Care

Specialized Pulmonary and Respiratory Care Patients in Boston to Benefit from Improved Continuity of Care between Acute and Post-Acute Settings

BOSTON - Harvard Medical School-affiliated Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), Boston’s only long-term chronic care hospital for seniors, today announced a new clinical partnership with its longstanding affiliate, fellow HMS-teaching hospital Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Going forward, pulmonary services on HRC’s specialized Medical Acute Care Unit (MACU) in Boston and across the HRC Boston campus will be provided by the BIDMC Pulmonary Division under the leadership of Henry Koziel, M.D., who has been named the Medical Director of Pulmonary Medicine at HRC.

Helen Chen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of HRC and its parent organization, Hebrew SeniorLife, said, “The HRC and BIDMC relationship goes back more than 65 years. Clinically we make an excellent team, and historically, BIDMC acute care patients who transfer to our post-acute care services have strong outcomes. Given our campuses’ close physical proximity and our shared commitment to teaching, we at HRC feel confident in integrating our pulmonary services and putting them in the care of BIDMC.”

“Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s MACU is highly regarded by BIDMC physicians for its patient-focused care, caring staff, and outstanding clinical quality metrics,” said Dr. Koziel, who is also a pulmonologist in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at BIDMC and will lead a team of more than 15 BIDMC Pulmonary physicians providing daily on-site care on the MACU. “Together, we expect to further improve continuity of patient care, patient care transition, and clinical outcomes.”

The HRC MACU is the only senior-focused, hospital-based unit in Boston that addresses complex, post-acute care for advanced respiratory and pulmonary ventilation patients with chronic co-morbidities or multiple acute illnesses. Treatment combines hospital level care with primary and specialty medical care, and rehabilitation therapies.

Ernest Mandel, M.D., Medical Director on the HRC MACU, said, “MACU patient outcomes, which are already above all Medicare measures, will be further improved with BIDMC’s advanced ventilator management and weaning protocols.” In addition, Drs. Mandel and Koziel will collaboratively develop and teach a comprehensive post-acute and respiratory care curriculum geared toward medical and nursing providers at HSL.

About Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
HRC provides both post-acute rehabilitative care and long-term chronic care at two locations in Boston and Dedham. The HRC MACU provides extended medical and rehabilitative care for patients with complex medical conditions or multiple acute or chronic illnesses. Services are extensive, such as medical management, palliative care, physical, occupational and speech/language therapy, wound management, IV therapy, and hemodialysis.

About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the non-profit, non-sectarian organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit https://www.hebrewseniorlife.org, follow us on Twitter @H_SeniorLife, like us on Facebook or read our blog.