Pocopson Home boosts short-term rehab services


) Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Terence Farrell and Kathi Cozzone tour a renovated room in Pocopson Home’s expanded short term rehabilitation facility.

POCOPSON — Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline toured Pocopson Home’s renovated and expanded short term rehabilitation facility this week – an eight-bed unit for patients requiring short term rehabilitation care. The expanded service, offered in partnership with Apex Rehab Solutions, includes physiatrist care in addition to the expertise of Pocopson’s nursing team, physicians and physical, occupational and speech therapists.

The short-term rehab unit includes two private rooms and three semi-private rooms, and is equipped with a full range of physical therapy apparatus and occupational therapy settings including a full kitchen setting. Additional services include 24-hour registered nurse care, wound care specialists and the ability to accommodate bariatric patients. Transportation services to physician and hospital appointments are also available.

“The professional skills and resources already offered at Pocopson Home – from 24-hour nursing care to existing medical transportation services – made it a somewhat easy decision to add short term rehabilitation services to our portfolio,” commented Jackie McKenna, Administrator at Pocopson Home. “This has been a good move for the community – not only are we helping to meet a need for more short term rehabilitation options in Chester County, but we are also generating revenue that helps to offset the overall costs of running the largest skilled nursing facility in the county.”

The decision to develop a short term rehabilitation unit at Pocopson Home was made by the Chester County Board of Commissioners in 2013, based on cost-saving and revenue-enhancing recommendations made by Pocopson administration.

The cost of renovation to develop the short term rehabilitation facility was $270,000. First quarter generated revenue provided a full return on the renovation investment, and conservative total annual revenue is estimated to be between $650,000 and $980,000.

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