Ciena Healthcare Announces Opening of Cardiac Rehab Unit at its Hartford Nursing Community

Top Quote $1 Million Investment to Combine Complex Medical Care with Cardiac Education. End Quote
  • Detroit, MI (1888PressRelease) September 17, 2010 - Ciena Healthcare Management, the largest privately owned manager and operator of skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Michigan, announces the opening of its new $1 million Cardiac Rehab Unit at the Hartford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Detroit. The announcement was made by Ciena Healthcare President Mohammad Qazi.

    The Cardiac Rehab Unit, the first specialty unit in Detroit to focus exclusively on cardiac care, is housed on the newly renovated third floor of Ciena's Hartford community and consists of 12 beds and an exercise area, all within a 5,723 square foot space. The unit will combine comprehensive care with patient education, and focus on patients recovering from heart surgeries, heart attacks and other cardiac disorders. This will include a rehabilitation program including highly supervised exercise, education and nutritional information. Psychological and pharmacological counseling will be provided, along with a daily medical evaluation by a designated physician.

    "At Ciena Healthcare, we are committed to being at the forefront of innovative programs and high quality care for our residents, and the leader in providing healthcare services important to the communities we serve," said Qazi. "Our goal is to expand specialty units such as this to other Ciena communities where there is a need and where we can make a positive difference."

    The Cardiac Rehab Unit at Hartford aims to address the critically important need for properly trained and skilled staff to deliver the most advanced care and information to cardiac patients, while also reducing hospital readmissions, as mandated by the STAAR initiative.

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched the State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative in May 2009 as a multi-state, multi-stakeholder approach to reduce rehospitalizations and improve the delivery of care at a regional scale. The program has been launched in Michigan, Massachusetts and Washington.

    Ciena Healthcare is collaborating clinically with Detroit's Sinai Grace Hospital in an innovative pilot program to provide staff training, patient educational materials and other resources for the Cardiac Rehab Unit.

    "The need for this specialty unit is great, as cardiac patients are most at risk for hospital readmissions," said Mary Hoskins, Administrator, Hartford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. "Hartford's Cardiac Rehab Unit will provide a comprehensive care program to those recovering from heart ailments with high quality care in a new setting. With the latest in rehabilitation treatments and a well trained staff, our goal is to help patients return to their optimal state of health and go back home, rather than back to a hospital."

    Hartford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
    Located on Outer Drive across from Renaissance High School, Hartford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides short-and long-term skilled nursing care in a historic setting, complete with a chapel built in 1945. Recently undergoing extensive renovations, which included new nursing stations, window treatments, flooring and a state-of-the-art Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, our 140-bed community is convenient and caring for all residents of southeast Michigan. Its professional staff includes a licensed administrator; physician medical director on call 24/7; director of nursing; registered nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; a wound care team; dietary manager; registered dietitian; licensed social worker; and therapeutic recreation director. For more information, call Hartford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at (313) 836-1700.

    About Ciena Healthcare Management, Inc.
    With nearly 4,000 licensed beds, the thirty-six nursing communities managed by Ciena Healthcare Management comprise the largest privately owned operators of skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Michigan. Three Ciena managed communities are located in Connecticut. Founded in 1998, Ciena Healthcare Management communities offer a holistic approach to patient care, fully committed to residents' needs and well being while also promoting their independence. Ciena's vision is to change the way senior residences are operated and perceived by providing communities that feature private rooms, ambiance, attention to detail, fresh food preparations and 24-hour dining options, all delivered by high quality, compassionate and dedicated professional support staff. For more information, visit or call (248) 386-0300.

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