Nursing at Penn Medicine

A Continuum of Care in Nursing Practice

Patients arrive at Penn Medicine at many different points within their life’s journey. Among them are the elderly, brain-injured, those with complex diagnoses or profound pain, patients with few financial and family resources, and those with cognitive or psychological issues. The spectrum of treatment options available at Penn Medicine allows nurses to meet each patient’s unique needs with the support of a full academic medical center.

Comprehensive Specialized Facilities

New facilities recently opened to offer leading-edge rehabilitation, inpatient hospice care and long-term acute care. These comprehensive facilities enable Penn nurses to provide the best care possible for each patient. They include:

Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse

Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse opened in November 2008. This hotel-like, 12-bed dedicated hospice inpatient unit is part of Penn Home Care and Hospice Services (HCHS), along with Penn Care at Home, Penn Home Infusion Therapy and Penn Wissahickon Hospice.

Nurse leaders from this specialized inpatient unit appreciate the ability to access extensive resources while providing such personalized care. They have educational resources for palliative and end-of-life care, and access to the latest research at the School of Nursing. They also have support for dealing with ethical issues.

Good Shepherd Penn Partners

Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP) opened in Center City Philadelphia on July 1, 2008, as a joint venture between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). GSPP is the official post-acute care provider for the entire Penn Medicine network, treating complex and multi-faceted cases requiring interdisciplinary intervention.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

The Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) for Continuing Care provides appropriate treatments for those whose surgical recovery is less medically complex. The Acute Care of Elders (ACE) Unit is one of the only hospital units in the country dedicated to serving the needs of the rapidly growing older adult population. As the first ACE Unit in the greater Philadelphia region, this 30-bed unit is designed specifically to accommodate the unique needs of patients over the age of 65. A continuity of care for patients with acute illnesses is provided while helping them maintain or regain their prior level of function before hospitalization.

The ACE Unit takes a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to acute geriatric care. A dedicated team of providers perform daily interdisciplinary rounds to ensure each patient receives 360-degrees of evaluation and care. The team is comprised of:

  • Geriatric physicians
  • Nurses trained in gerontology
  • Social work, case management
  • Physical, respiratory, and speech therapists
  • Nutritionist

The Skilled Nursing Facility at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center employs a staff consisting of professionals from nursing, rehabilitation and other fields who take a team approach to patient care. They work closely with the patient and their family to develop the treatment and discharge plans best suited to the patient’s individual needs, and can provide any services a patient in a hospital setting might require, including laboratory, radiology and respiratory therapy. The following amenities are available to all residents:

  • A shower in every room
  • One specially equipped shower on the unit for people recovering from a serious illness or major surgery
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lounge for activities and visiting

Residents of the center may eat in the privacy of their rooms or eat with a group of residents in the dining areas. Family and friends are encouraged to visit during the center’s extended visiting hours.

Important components for recovery are activities that promote physical and mental well-being. A variety of daily social activities are offered, including:

  • Movies
  • Special dinners
  • Horticulture activities
  • Music
  • Bingo
  • Board games and puzzles
Pennsylvania Hospital

Pennsylvania Hospital’s Skilled Care Center is a 21-bed sub-acute/skilled facility that operates 24 hours a day. The unit is made up of 8 private rooms, one of which is negative pressure isolation, and 6 semi-private rooms. Most patients receive physical therapy and rehab services while on Skilled Care.