For Immediate Release
Contact: Derek Berry
Washington, DC – May 5, 2009 – It’s no secret many industries have struggled through some tough times so far in 2009 and the healthcare industry is no exception.
In fact, due to rising healthcare costs, declining reimbursement, and specialty hospitals like National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) not being included in the Medicare Stimulus Package, NRH is suffering through a deficit of more than $1 million.
With that, the hospital has looked at various ways to cut back on expenses with everything from doing less printing to trimming costs of hospital events. Above all, hospital administrators are trying to avoid cutting jobs, especially because rehabilitation is very labor intensive and with NRH at full capacity with patients, eliminating positions is not an option.
Employees at NRH voluntarily stepped up to the plate and offered on their own to help reduce the hospitals’ financial deficit by giving back vacation time. So far, NRH employees have given back vacation hours that total more than $140,000, and the number continues to rise.
“Administrators here at NRH never considered taking away employee vacation hours,” said John Rockwood, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “But our Team Members raised their hands and said, ‘We want to help.’ We have a very enterprising, hard-working and creative group of employees here that work daily to help patients and when faced with problems, they find solutions. This is what makes NRH a special place.”
Rockwood says that employees continue to come up with ideas in their respective departments across the hospital to help reduce costs. NRH has also seen a steady rise in admissions the past couple of months and Rockwood hopes that trend continues.
National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is a private, not-for-profit facility located in Northwest Washington, D.C. NRH’s services are designed specifically for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and disease, arthritis, amputations, post-polio syndrome, chronic pain, back and neck pain, occupational injuries, cancer and cardiac disease that require medical rehabilitation, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. NRH admits approximately 2,200 inpatients annually, has appeared on the “Best Hospitals” list in U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years and is currently ranked among the top hospitals in medical rehabilitation in America. NRH has the only CARF accredited specialty program for both Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke in the region. In addition, NRH’s Spinal Cord Injury Program has been designated one of only 14 Model SCI Systems of care in the country by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a part of the Department of Education. NRH is a proud member of MedStar Health