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Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Unit

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  • For more information or to find a physician, call 1-877-936-3776
  • TTY: 1-800-439-0183


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The Care Team


Care team

The Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Unit (TCU) provides 24-hour skilled nursing care and a full range of rehabilitative services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and respiratory therapy. Several of the therapists are certified in the STAR® Program, the gold standard for cancer rehabilitation. Other ancillary staff includes wound care, ostomy, and diabetes nurse specialists.

Medical care on the TCU and at Emerson’s Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies is provided by Medical Director Karen L. Bougas, MD, MPH, who is a physiatrist (a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation).

The unit is managed by the Director of Nursing and a licensed administrator.

The nursing staff includes registered nurses and certified nursing assistants, many with years of experience at Emerson or at rehabilitation facilities.

The rehabilitation department is composed of highly skilled physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists who are on staff seven days per week. The staff works closely with nurses and social services to develop an individualized treatment program that will ensure maximum recovery.

The unit’s staff also includes social workers, an activity director, and a nurse liaison.

Rapid Response Team

A hospitalist and critical care nurse are available 24/7 to help avoid hospital readmissions.

An Integrated, Individualized Approach

The TCU interdisciplinary team participates in daily conferences to evaluate each patient’s progress. They are able to draw on the full resources of Emerson Hospital to devise the best possible plan of treatment for each patient. Patients and family members are welcome to be involved in the treatment plan, and families are encouraged to participate in the patient’s rehabilitation and discharge planning.