Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

Programs & Services

Rutland Nursing Home

Rutland Nursing Home, located on the campus of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, operates a 466-bed, long- and short-term care facility as a member of the One Brooklyn Health System family of hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. As a part of One Brooklyn Health, we offer skilled nursing, physical rehabilitation, comprehensive wound care, a specialty unit for ventilator-dependent residents, and an array of other sub-acute services. All the resources of the Medical Center, including general medical and sub-specialties, dialysis, surgical, orthopedic, psychiatric and dental services, in addition to the emergency room, are immediately available to the residents. Nursing home residents are easily transferred to the acute services of the hospital if medical necessity requires, and are subsequently returned to the Nursing Home.

Rutland Nursing Home has a dedicated 32-bed pediatric long-term care unit for children with severe developmental and metabolic disorders. The unit is staffed with nurses and pediatricians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Medical care in Rutland Nursing Home is coordinated by physicians experienced and dedicated to pediatrics and geriatrics. Encouraging the residents to maximize their ability to lead active and fulfilling lives, licensed nurses provide optimal nursing care and therapists deliver state-of-the art physical, occupational, recreational, and speech therapies. To ensure comprehensive care, dietitians and social workers augment the treatment team.

Testimonials

Dear Ms. Headley,

I am the daughter of Annie P.L. and I wanted to take a brief moment to share with you the deep appreciation and gratitude that my brother and I have for the outstanding medical care that my mother received during her five year tenure at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

Because I live in Florida I was restricted on how often I could travel to New You to visit my dear Mom. However, in September of 2019, I was able to visit my Mom at the hospital in her hospital Room (#1518) every day for a whole month wherein I witnessed something phenomenal.

Each day I witnessed the love, compassion, and personal interest each Member of your staff provided my Mom. My mother has dealt with chronic illnesses for well over three decades, and has been in multiple medical facilities in Brooklyn but until she was admitted to your facility she had never received the love and care from Medical Professionals who truly had a passion for the career they signed up for. Each person came to work each day looking very clean and totally focused on providing the best care for my Mom. If they were experiencing problems in their personal lives, they never allowed it to interfere with their work ethic.

I also observed something else that really touched my heart. In some medical facilities if the patient is not being visited often by their family members, the Medical Staff can have a tendency to neglect to care for all of the needs of that patient. My Mom's roommate was Ms. Rose, and unfortunately her family was not able to visit her often. However, the Medical Staff at Kingsbrook provided her the same personalized care as they did my Mom. They talked to Ms. Rose in such a loving and patient way even when she was rebelling against what they were instructing her to do.

Also, I was super impressed also by my mother's doctor. When I met him as he was doing his rounds, he took the time to pull me aside and explain "every detail" about my mother's condition, and answered all of my questions without even having to review his notes. This impressed me so much because he not only recalled her existing Medical condition but he also remembered many details about her medical history as it related to her existing condition. He was honest and up front with me in explaining that my Mom's condition would never really improve much.

When I left New York I knew that my mother was in the best place and I was comforted in knowing that she would not be neglected in any way. I was planning to visit more often beginning in 2020, however, that became impossible due to the Covid Pandemic. This pandemic has no doubt been extremely hard on First Responders, and again I can never find the words to express how your Medical Staff rose to the occasion to adapt to the new challenges, and you kept my Mom safe through all of that chaos. I been living in Florida for 30+ years and I have witnessed nor heard of such super attentive Medical Staff especially on behalf of the elderly. I know there are good and bad work ethics of people in every organization but my experience here in Florida has not been the same as what I witnessed at Kingsbrook because my daughter is on disability, and she has been in and out of hospitals for several years, and I have always had to be her advocate to ensure that the Medical Staff provides the best care. Once I also went to visit a patient in a hospital hear in Florida, and there was another patient in another room crying really loud from her physical therapy and the Medical Staff was not giving her any tender loving care. I left the hospital in tears because of what I witnessed. Hence because I am a very tender hearted and loving person I can't help but acknowledge and applaud people like those at Kingsbrook who exhibit the same behavior of treating others the way that they themselves would want to be treated.

Please know that my brother and I will be forever grateful for all you have done. We pray that each of you remain safe, and Thank You a million times over for all of your dedication and hard work during these super challenging times!

Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines:

Rutland will be opening for outside visitation beginning on Tuesday, April 6th.

On July 10, 2020 the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued long-awaited guidance for nursing home visitation. The guidelines come with very stringent and challenging criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for limited visitation.

In order to begin visitation, several conditions must be met, and a plan must be developed and submitted to the DOH. The most challenging condition is the requirement that there can be no COVID-19 positive staff or resident results for 14 days. Unfortunately, under these new DOH guidelines, if a resident or employee tests positive it would set the clock back, restricting visitation once again for 14 days.

In addition, the DOH has stated that the number of visitors to the nursing home must not exceed ten percent (10%) of the resident census at any time, with no more than two visitors per resident on a strict scheduled basis. To schedule a visit, please call 718-604-5350. Visitors will be required to be screened, not have a temperature, present a verified negative test result within the last 7 days, and pass the COVID-19 questions that are required by New York State at the time of the visit. Visitors, as well as residents, must wear a mask and meet their loved one in a designated area, allowing for social distancing. Visitation is limited to outdoor areas, weather permitting. However, under certain limited circumstances, visitation can be inside with no more than 10 individuals.

Per the current guidelines Limited Visitation remains suspended due to a positive employee or resident test within 14 days time period. When we receive positive results for any resident or staff member, the 14-day clock begins again, and visitation will be pushed back.

Please know that we are working diligently on a safe and manageable plan to meet these stringent regulations, and to welcome you back as quickly and safely as possible. We recognize the hardship of being separated from your loved ones and are undertaking every effort to resume visitation as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we formulate our plans to resume visitation with your loved ones in the near future. We will continue to keep you informed.

Non-Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of Rutland Nursing Home not to discriminate in its management of personnel nor care of residents based on race, creed, national original, color, sex, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual preference, sponsorship, or source of payment. This includes, but is not limited to, employment assignment, promotion, retention, and training of employees as well as admission, retention, room assignment, and types of treatment to residents.

Rutland Young Adult Program

We are excited to share that as of January 1, 2021, Rutland Nursing Home and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center officially integrated into The One Brooklyn Health System. One of the primary initiatives of this integration is to grow Rutland’s Young Adult Program, providing optimal care for individuals between the ages of 21-35 in need of post-acute care, including sub-acute rehabilitation, long-term, caregiver respite, hospice, and palliative care. RNH aims to be a leader in the comprehensive care of young adults, offering specialized services, age, and developmentally-appropriate programming, and a family-centered approach, promoting the best possible outcomes. See our updated program offerings below.

Medicine & Nursing

Dr. Rekha Bhandari,
Medical Director

Current Services:

  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • Dedicated Vent & Trach Unit
  • Respiratory Therapy including High Flow Oxygen Therapy, Airway Clearance Therapy, Noninvasive Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (BIPAP)
  • Wound Care Management
  • Medication Management
  • Enteral Feeding Management
  • Central Line Catheter Management
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Onsite Transfusion Center, Dialysis, Laboratory, and Radiology
  • Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Management using new breakthrough treatments such as Epidiolex, a Cannabidiol-based seizure medication
  • Palliative and Hospice Care

Rehabilitation & Nutrition

Samuel Khalil,
Director of Rehabilitation

Current Services:

  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy services
  • Physiatry
  • Neuro-Psych Program
  • Vocational Counseling
  • Customized Wheelchairs and Supportive Devices and onsite Wheelchair Clinic
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Oral-Motor Therapy
  • Passy Muir Valve Intervention for secretion management, Tracheostomy Weaning, and Decannulation
  • On-Site Modified Barium Swallow and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing Studies
  • Vent weaning
  • On-Site Auditory Evaluations
  • On-site orthotics clinic
  • Contracture management
  • Dietician Services
  • Weight Management
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
  • Feeding Therapy including Weaning From GT/NGT, increasing PO, and Addressing Physiological and Behavioral Components of Feeding Aversions
  • Parent/Caregiver Education to Support Transition Home

Forthcoming Services:

  • Coma Stimulation for Low Awareness State
  • Pre-Discharge Home Assessments

Young Adult Life

Daniel Palese, Young Adult Music Therapist;
Deborah Headley, Director of Social Work;
Madeline Chilton, Assistant Director of Child Life &
Young Adult Programs

Emily McClure,
Director of Child Life
& Young Adult Programs

Current Services:

  • Social Work Services
  • Discharge Planning and coordination of Home Care Services
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Age-Appropriate Programming
  • “Resident life” Services
  • Family Support Program
  • Intergenerational Program
  • Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care
  • Coordination of Community-Based Education
  • Vocational Program
  • Psycho-educational counseling for families and residents

Forthcoming Services:

  • Integrative Therapies (Pet Therapy, Adaptive Yoga)
  • Facility Renovations (including units, PT and OT gyms, lobby, and campus amenities)

Rutland Pediatrics

We are excited to share that as of January 1, 2021, Rutland Nursing Home and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center officially integrated into The One Brooklyn Health System. One of the primary missions of this integration is to provide optimal, specialized pediatric care for individuals between the ages of 0-21 in need of post-acute care, including sub-acute rehabilitation, long-term, caregiver respite, hospice, and palliative care. RNH aims to be a leader in the comprehensive care of young adults, offering specialized services, age, and developmentally-appropriate programming, and a family-centered approach, promoting the best possible outcomes. See our updated program offerings below.

Medicine & Nursing

Nurse Practitioner, Julie Hirman,
Medical Director, Dr. Henry Fishman,
Nurse Educator, Shannon Rodger

Avneet Kaur-Anand,
Director of Pediatric Nursing

Current Services:

  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • IV Antibiotics Therapy
  • Tracheostomy Management
  • Wound Care Management
  • Medication Management
  • Enteral Feeding Management via Gastrostomy, Nasal Gastric Tube, and TPN
  • Central Line Catheter Management
  • Respiratory Therapy including High Flow Oxygen Therapy, Airway Clearance Therapy, Noninvasive Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (BIPAP)
  • Brand new Masimo Alarm Management System
  • Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Management using new breakthrough treatments such as Epidiolex, a Cannabidiol-based seizure medication

Forthcoming Services:

  • New State-of-the-Art Pediatric Mechanical Ventilators

Rehabilitation & Nutrition

Pediatric Rehabilitation Team

Tasanyia Sebro-Calderon,
Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation

Current Services:

  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology
  • On-Site Physical Therapy Gym
  • On-Site Occupational Therapy Gym
  • Customized Wheelchairs and Supportive Devices
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Neuro-Psych Program
  • Oral-Motor Therapy
  • On-site Orthotics Clinic
  • Passy Muir Valve Intervention for secretion management, Tracheostomy Weaning, and Decannulation
  • On-Site Modified Barium Swallow and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing Studies
  • On-Site Auditory Evaluations
  • Vocational Counseling
  • Feeding Therapy including Weaning From GT/NGT, increasing PO, and Addressing Physiological and Behavioral Components of Feeding Aversions
  • Parent/Caregiver Education to Support Transition Home

Forthcoming Services:

  • Coma Stimulation for Low Awareness State

Child Life, Education & Social Work

Child Life Team

Emily McClure,
Director of Child Life
& Young Adult Programs

Current Services:

  • Social Work Services
  • Discharge Planning and coordination of Home Care Services
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Therapeutic Play
  • Child Life Services
  • Family Support Program
  • Intergenerational Program
  • Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care
  • On-site Board of Education School
  • Coordination of Community-Based Education
  • Vocational Program

Forthcoming Services:

  • Drama Therapy
  • Integrative Therapies (Pet Therapy, Adaptive Yoga)
  • Expanded Family Lounge
  • Sensory Room
  • Campus-wide facility renovations and updated amenities