Laura Neeter, 70, was concerned when her orthopedic surgeon, Yair Kissin, M.D., at Hackensack University Medical Center recommended in-home physical therapy after her knee replacement.

Laura didn’t know she could go straight home — and wasn’t sure she could manage on her own. But after discussing the merits of home rehabilitation with Dr. Kissin, she agreed to try it after her surgery in September 2017. The day after Laura returned home from the hospital, she met her care team from Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, a partnership of Hackensack Meridian Health and St. Joseph’s Health.

Reaching More Patients in their Personal Environment

In 2017, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System and Hackensack Meridian Health announced the formation of a jointly owned home health services agency and hospice services agency to serve patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and parts of Morris County. The partnership formed Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, a full-service home health provider and Medicare-certified home care agency and VHS Hospice Services of New Jersey.

Best Nursing Homes – A 5 Star Rating

Hackensack Meridian Health’s nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Brick, Shrewsbury, Wall, Ocean Grove, Holmdel and North Bergen all received the highest overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report‘s eighth annual Best Nursing Homes, a designation that only 13 percent of all facilities in the U.S. have received. The top rating represents Hackensack Meridian Health’s commitment to providing high-quality long-term nursing and rehabilitation services.

Better Access to Necessary Equipment

In early 2017, Hackensack Meridian Health opened the Bergen County Durable Medical Equipment Warehouse site in Lodi.