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Spaulding Nursing & Therapy Center West Roxbury
At the Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center West Roxbury, we make independence a priority. We strive to maximize independence and quality of life for every patient by placing the patient at the center of care from admission to discharge. Because of this focus, we are continually evaluating everything we do, and we encourage feedback from patients and families.
Our interdisciplinary team approach supports the optimum recovery of the individual by involving the patient and family in all phases of the treatment process. Since the goal of the facility is to assist all patients in returning to the most independent living environment as quickly as possible, our dedicated staff helps patients reach their recovery goals successfully through an outcome-orientated approach to care.
We do this by assembling a team of case managers, nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and therapists who meet weekly to review and revise treatment plans. We encourage family members to attend these meetings to promote dialogue and stay updated.
Communicating with families and enabling them to provide their relatives with as much support as possible is a top priority. In addition to our weekly care meetings, family members have the opportunity to take part in special caregiver education programs to help them care for a family member at home.
Learn more about our Management and our History, and read Frequently Asked Questions about our hospital.
Management of Spaulding West Roxbury
Christine is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator with over 25 years of healthcare management experience in both acute and post- acute care. She has a BS in Healthcare Administration from Stonehill College.
Director of Nursing
Gail Deneault, RN, MSN, CRRN, is the Director of Nursing at Spaulding West Roxbury. Prior to holding this role, Gail has served as Staff Development Coordinator and Infection Control Nurse.
Ms. Denault holds a BNS from the University of Massachusetts, which was awarded summa cum laude, and received her MSN from the University of Massachusetts, the focus of study on geriatrics and education.
Director of Rehabilitation for the Skilled Nursing Facilities
Bernadette is the Director of Rehab for the SNF Division of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, including Spaulding West Roxbury, Spaulding North End and the Transition Care Unit at Spaulding North Shore. She has over 17 years of rehab experience in skilled nursing industry. In addition to her extensive background in rehabilitation operations, Bernadette has expertise in skilled nursing and Medicare regulations. She is Resident Assessment Coordinator-Certified.
Ms. Burak-Danielson received her MSM from Lesley University and undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from University of Massachusetts Boston. She also has her Associate Degree in Physical Therapy.
History of Spaulding West Roxbury
1955 – The Boston Center for Rehabilitative and Sub-acute Care introduced a new era in elder care when it opened its doors as the first provider in the region to offer patients an alternative to a lengthy hospitalization.
1994 -- The Boston Center proudly became a complete post-acute continuum care center, catering to the needs of any age adult in need of interim care, rehabilitation and palliative care.
2003 – The facility earned Step Two recognition in the American Health Care Association's Quality Award process, achieved by only one out of 11 of 16,000 facilities nationwide.
2009 – The Boston Center was awarded its third zero-deficiency survey within five years.
2010 – The center joined the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and changed its name to the Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center West Roxbury.
Today -- Spaulding West Roxbury, ranked one of US News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes in 2012, is an integral part of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, with an unwavering commitment has set the facility apart as a top nursing and therapy center in the region.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I get admitted?
A: Admissions to Spaulding inpatient programs are completed by a physician referral or by pre-admission through a Spaulding representative at an acute-care facility. Admission criteria are determined by each program. Patient referrals may be made by calling 1-888-774-0055.
Q. What should I expect when I arrive?
A: A member of our care team will help you get you settled at Spaulding. Your Spaulding physician and nurse will meet with you within the first 24 hours of your stay. You will meet your other team members either that day or the next.
Q. What rehabilitation services does Spaulding offer?
A: The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers major rehabilitation programs including amputee and vascular disease rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, burn rehabilitation, pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation, disorder of consciousness rehabilitation for those with severe brain injuries, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, spinal cord injury rehabilitation and stroke/neurology rehabilitation. We offer specialized programs in ventilator weaning, oncology, pulmonary, cardiac care, neurology/stroke, post-organ transplant, post-surgical and orthopedics. Our clinical capabilities include a unique combination of complex medical and rehabilitative care, with comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy. We provide management of chemotherapy, peritoneal and hemodialysis, pain management and complex wound care.
Q. How much therapy will I receive?
A: Your treatment team determines the amount of therapy you will receive. The frequency of your therapy may vary. We encourage family members to take part in your therapy, as they can provide support and motivation and can learn skills to help you. Family/care team conferences are scheduled regularly to discuss or reassess your treatment program.
Q. What are the accommodations like?
A: Most patients have a semi-private room equipped with a television and a telephone, each with its own fully accessible bathroom, including shower. You are welcome to bring your laptop computer. We provide free wireless Internet service.
Q. What are the meals like?
A: We offer special menu plans that provide tasty, nutritionally balanced meals appropriate for your medical condition. You may choose what you’d like to eat each day.
Q. Can I get a tour of Spaulding’s facilities?
A: Tours of Spaulding facilities are available and may be arranged by calling 1-888-774-0055.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Click here for our handy “What to Bring” checklist.
Q. How long will I stay?
A: Your length of stay will depend on your individual treatment plan and progress in reaching your goals. Your recovery does not stop when you leave Spaulding. We will work with you to arrange ongoing care through home care or outpatient therapy upon your discharge.
Q: Who will coordinate my care?
A: While you are with Spaulding, your care is coordinated by physicians and nursing staff, who may access other medical specialists, diagnostics and treatments as needed. Rehabilitation therapies are customized to meet the unique needs of each person. The rehabilitation team can include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, discharge planners and other specialists.
Q. How can I pay for my care?
A: Insurance or managed care programs generally cover rehabilitation services prescribed by a physician. Discuss coverage with your insurance representative prior to treatment. During your stay at Spaulding, a Case Manager will keep you informed about your insurance coverage.
Q. What if I need help when I go home?
A: Many patients require assistance to make the transition from Spaulding to home. Your patient care coordinator will work with you to identify your home care needs and will make appropriate referrals to arrange the services you need.
About Spaulding Programs:
Q. What is Spaulding’s philosophy of care?
A: Our interdisciplinary team approach supports the optimum recovery of the individual by involving the patient and family in all phases of the treatment process. Since the goal of the facility is to assist all patients in returning to the most independent living environment as quickly as possible, our dedicated staff helps patients reach their recovery goals successfully through an outcome-orientated approach to care. We do this by assembling a team of case managers, nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and therapists who meet weekly to review and revise treatment plans. We encourage family members to attend these meetings to promote dialogue and stay updated.
Q: How does Spaulding’s research help patients?
A: Research is an integral component of Spaulding's work. Our faculty members maintain a vigorous research agenda at the hospital, and collaborate with colleagues at other teaching hospitals and universities. Our research focuses on improving areas of rehabilitation treatment and care, such as improving neurological or musculoskeletal functions, understanding the effects of physical activity or inactivity and exercise, evaluating the efficacy and delivery of new treatments, and applied research on new technologies. Spaulding research is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical principles and regard for the protection of our study volunteers. We adhere to all federal regulatory policies on research with human subjects.
Q. What is medically complex care?
A: Medically complex care is a unique system of care that facilitates recovery from illness or injury. It is designed for patients with diverse medical conditions, such as post-surgical complications, multi-system failure, altered wound healing and metabolic imbalance. Learn more about our Complex Medical Care.
Q. What should I know about the Spaulding Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems?
A: Spaulding has continued to work with the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) as a longitudinal follow-up center by virtue of a contract with the TBIMS National Data and Statistical Center at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, which is in turn funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. The grant supports the participation of Spaulding in a nationwide database collecting a broad variety of data from TBI patients to build a better understanding of the dynamics of this condition.
Q. What should I know about the Spaulding Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems?
A: Spaulding’s Spinal Cord Injury Program works as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System site by virtue of a contract with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR awards SCI Model Systems grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care. Each site provides the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and community reentry. This funding will allow Spaulding clinicians and researchers to improve both regional and national understanding of SCI treatment models. Spaulding contributes to the national SCI Model Systems Database for a better understanding of long-term health outcomes.