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Orchard Hill Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

TOWSON, MD–Orchard Hill Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, a Marquis Health Services member, has launched a new Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the 134-bed skilled nursing facility in Towson. Dr. Mitchell Schwartz and his team at Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore (PCCAB) is overseeing the new initiative.

Orchard Hill’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program focuses on promoting independence and quality of life through reducing pulmonary symptoms and decreasing disability in acute and chronic lung patients, while increasing their participation in physical and social activities. Program features include onsite and full-time respiratory therapy, routine physician evaluations, physical and occupational therapy seven days per week (as ordered), 24-hour licensed nursing supervision, nurses and therapists trained in basic and advanced cardiac life support, and discharge planning with onsite follow-up by a nurse practitioner.

“Dr. Schwartz and his team at Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore are well known in the region and highly regarded for their medical expertise,” said Norman Rokeach, Marquis’ chief executive officer. “Under this capable leadership, our new pulmonary initiative at Orchard Hill will enable us to provide the top-quality care needed by clinically complex patients dealing with pulmonary issues.”

PCCAB is an established practice with 29 physicians, 17 physician assistants and nurse practitioners, along with a supporting staff of respiratory therapists, medical assistants and licensed sleep technologists. Dr. Schwartz is board certified in internal, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine; he is affiliated with St. Joseph Medical Center.

“Orchard Hill’s comprehensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program addresses a range of complex critical illnesses, many of which can be life threatening,” said Dr. Schwartz. “My team at PCCAB and I are pleased to lead this valuable effort alongside the skilled nursing facility’s expert in-house clinical team.”

Orchard Hill’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program focuses on clear communication among all involved parties – including patient, family/caregiver, hospital, practitioner, skilled nursing facility, home health and outpatient services. The program also tracks common metrics with root cause analysis, to minimize the progression of debilitating symptoms through a combination of exercise, breathing retraining and dietary management.

Located at 111 West Road in Towson, Orchard Hill provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. Marquis has launched a $3 million renovation at Orchard Hill, upgrading the entire facility and adding a 2,500-square-foot rehab gym with state-of-the-art equipment.

Marquis Health Services, the healthcare affiliate of Tryko Partners, LLC, is a recognized leader in providing subacute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. The company operates nearly 3,000 beds at 25 Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities.