Clipboard: BMC to close acute rehab unit

Liz Kowalczyk reports in today’s Globe that Boston Medical Center will close its 12-bed rehabilitation unit for people with acute injuries, such as severe brain and spinal cord injuries. The unit’s longtime chairman recently left for a jobs in Kentucky. Kowalczyk wrote:

BMC is the only hospital in Boston that still has an inpatient rehabilitation unit for acutely ill patients, who usually stay about a month, [Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ravin] Davidoff said. And although hospital officials believe the patients get very good care, he said the program is not as cost-effective as the large rehabilitation hospitals.

“We are too small to do this on an economically efficient scale,’’ he said. “We asked if this is the way we want to spend a defined pool of dollars.’’

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The unit has 12 rehabilitation medicine residents who will need to go elsewhere to complete their training. About 30 nurses and therapists will be laid off as a result of the closure, Kowalczyk wrote.

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