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Our comprehensive team of healthcare professionals have the tools and experience to care for our patients throughout the entire recovery process, from ICU to home. Part of the Cornerstone approach includes educating family members and loved ones on the patient's needs to ensure that the patient's personalized level of care continues beyond their stay at one of our hospitals.
We pride ourselves on our quality of care, responsive service, and commitment to excellence. We treat each patient like we would a member of our own family, and measure our success by the direct impact we have on improving the quality of life for our patients.
Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals offer a comprehensive specialty care program. The Cornerstone culture of customized care provides programs that include state-of-the art technology in collaboration with physicians and other providers creating an atmosphere that promotes an excellent experience.
Cornerstone Healthcare Group is committed to helping our patients and their families make an informed choice when it comes to important healthcare decisions. When you or a loved one is experiencing a critical illness or injury, we understand how important it is to find a healthcare provider you trust, who puts the patient first and shows that they care about you. We have compiled a list of answers to the questions we receive most often. We are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact your local Cornerstone Specialty Hospital to schedule a tour so we can address your questions in person. We look forward to meeting you!
Q: Is a Cornerstone Specialty Hospital right for me?
A: Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals provide care for those who are ready to be discharged from a general acute care hospital, but require an additional extended period of intensive medical care before they are ready to return home. Treatment and care is designed to bridge the gap between the acute care hospital and home.
Q: Are Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals and nursing homes the same?
A: No. Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals are licensed and certified as acute care hospitals designed for patients suffering from critical illness, injury or chronic conditions that require an extended period of intensive medical care. Nursing homes are not licensed hospitals and are therefore not equipped to provide the intensive medical care, comprehensive care team and daily physician visits available at Cornerstone.
Q: How are Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals different from general acute care hospitals?
A: General acute care hospitals focus on caring for patients with acute conditions that can be resolved over a short period of time. By contrast, Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals are designed for patients suffering from critical illness, injury or chronic conditions that require an extended period of acute intensive medical care.
Q: Why do patients and families choose Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals?
A: Patients and their loved ones come to Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals for our commitment to patient experience and clinical outcomes. Our interdisciplinary teams strive to provide superior patient care and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients.
Q: How can I get treatment at Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals?
A: Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals admit patients seven days a week as referred by physicians or case managers at an acute care hospital or other healthcare facility (such as a rehabilitation facility, nursing home, etc.). All referrals are evaluated by clinically trained healthcare professionals prior to admission.
Q: Is my care covered by my health benefit plan or by Medicare?
A: In cases where a Cornerstone Specialty Hospital services are deemed medically appropriate by your physician, we can assist you and your doctor in appealing to your insurance provider. However, the final decision as far as health plan medical necessity typically rests with your plan provider.
Q: Can Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals care for the needs of the medically complex and highly acute patient?
A: Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals are staffed with Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) caregivers who are trained to treat the most medically complex patients. Our interdisciplinary clinical teams are directed by physicians and include specialized healthcare professionals involved in all aspects of a patient’s care.
Q: What types of patients can benefit from a Cornerstone Specialty Hospital?
A: Patients are admitted to a Cornerstone Specialty Hospital with a variety of medical conditions, including but not limited to:
Q: Do Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals offer critical and intensive care?
A: Yes. Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals are equipped with Intensive Care Units (“ICUs”) or High Intensive Units (“HIUs) where intensive, round‐the‐clock treatment is provided to the most medically complex patients.
Q: Who will be caring for me or my loved one?
A: Patients have access to members of their interdisciplinary treatment team each day, including their attending physicians. Patients also have 24-hour access to staff nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals. Each patient is assigned a case manager to help guide the patient and family through the hospitalization and discharge.
Q: Who decides the patient’s length of stay?
A: Case managers discuss a patient’s treatment and goals with the physician, patient, family, and when applicable, the managed care plan to determine where and when discharge is to occur.
Q: Is nutrition part of your treatment?
A: Yes. If necessary. Patients may be assigned a registered dietitian who develops a nutritional plan tailored to the patient’s medical needs and personal preferences.
Q: How often will a patient receive therapy?
A: Each patient has an individual plan of care. If a patient requires therapy, participation is based on the patient’s ability level and need. Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals practices early and aggressive physical intervention and therapy.
Cornerstone Specialty Hospitals offer the following types of care:
Cornerstone Pulmonary/Ventilator Program includes individualized treatment plans for patients with a wide variety of cardiopulmonary/medical needs ranging from supplemental oxygen therapies to complex ventilator management and weaning protocols. Cornerstone offers both invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation support management and weaning utilizing invasive and noninvasive techniques. Our Pulmonary Program is managed by physicians who specialize in pulmonology and critical care. Our Interdisciplinary Care Team works collaboratively to set viable goals and achieving medical functional outcomes in a high quality, safe and caring environment. The treatment plan may include a concurrent Medical Physical Rehabilitation Program.
The Cornerstone Wound Care Program offers an interdisciplinary team and physicians dedicated to developing highly customized treatment plans for patients who have developed wounds and related healthcare issues. Treating wounds is a specialized process requiring a plan that is sensitive to the individual patient and where they are in their healing journey to provide the best recovery plan for each person. Cornerstone’s Interdisciplinary Care Team works collaboratively to set realistic goals and deliver optimal medical functional outcomes in a high quality, safe and caring environment.
The Cornerstone Medically Complex Program is designed to treat patients with multiple medical diagnoses who require intensive care nursing and therapies that may include PT, OT, SPL, nutrition, medication management, wound care, dialysis and special procedures. Cornerstone’s Interdisciplinary Care Team works collaboratively to set realistic goals and deliver optimal medical functional outcomes in a high quality, safe and caring environment. This program may include a concurrent Medical Physical Rehabilitation Program.
The Cornerstone Medical Physical Rehabilitation Program enhances all of our Programs by providing physician directed, individualized treatment plans for patients who require a wide range of medical rehabilitation needs from basic mobility, self-care, swallowing and strength endurance to preparation for their return to an independent living situation. Our goal is to assist the patient in their ability to obtain maximum mobility, strength and endurance and to maximize their potential to safely care for themselves in the most independent setting possible. Cornerstone’s patients and their respective caregivers are educated about their disease processes, nutritional and medication needs, therapy techniques and adaptive equipment. This emphasis on education coupled with aggressive physical/cognitive therapeutic interventions, incremental physical strengthening, endurance and self-care training results in enhanced quality of life for our patients and encourages a maximized level of functional independence. Treatment is performed with a focus on nutritional assessment, pharmacological interventions, physical strengthening, progressive rehabilitation and education of the medical rehabilitation patient with limited physical tolerance and acute medical needs.
The Cornerstone Infectious Disease Program offers individualized treatment programs for patients who have been ill for some time and may have an infectious disease requiring a constant dose of fluids and medications to effectively reduce or eliminate the infection. Our interdisciplinary team is trained and specializes in infectious disease and antibiotic stewardship programs. Cornerstone’s Interdisciplinary Care Team works collaboratively to set realistic goals and deliver optimal medical functional outcomes in a high quality, safe and caring environment.
The Cornerstone Neurology Program focuses on patients who may have had a stroke, brain injury, aneurysm, are now post-trauma or have other types of neurology related medical issues. Our interdisciplinary team and physicians focus on the pathway to get the patients back home by stabilizing and providing the specialized care plan for the patient and the involvement, support and training the families need. Cornerstone’s Interdisciplinary Care Team works collaboratively to set realistic goals and deliver optimal medical functional outcomes in a high quality, safe and caring environment. Patients who have neurology related medical issues may also have a concurrent customized Medical Physical Rehabilitation Plan to support their recovery.
The Cornerstone Post ICU Syndrome Program focuses on those patients who have been in the ICU setting and have developed additional related health issues while recovering in the ICU. Our interdisciplinary team and physicians are skilled in developing customized plans of care for patients who may have developed muscle weakness, sepsis, difficulty with daily living skills, mobility, cognitive dysfunction or other related issues. Cornerstone’s Interdisciplinary Care Team works collaboratively to set realistic goals and deliver optimal medical functional outcomes in a high quality, safe and caring environment. Many of these issues also impact the family of the patient and our programs are designed to support and involve them in their loved ones recovery process and may include a concurrent Physical Medical Rehabilitation Program.
The Cornerstone Care Programs include many medical issues that require an acute setting for extended care while patient recovers. Care Programs are centered around those patients who are acutely ill and may have cardiac, renal, bariatric, vascular disease, or dialysis issues and who would benefit from having a customized treatment plan focused on their recovery including family involvement and support. Cornerstone’s Interdisciplinary Care Team works collaboratively to set realistic goals and deliver optimal medical functional outcomes in a high quality, safe and caring environment. The recovery process may include a concurrent Physical Medical Rehabilitation Program.