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Governor Chafee Attends "Zambarano Hospital Day" at the State House, Meets with Hospital Patients, Staff

Photograph of Gov. Chafee, BHDDH Management and Zambarano patients April 27, 2011

Governor Chafee attended the "Zambarano Hospital Day" event at the State House Wednesday, meeting with hospital patients, staff, and supporters. The event, organized by Senator Paul Fogarty, is designed to draw attention to and celebrate the Zambarano unit of the Eleanor Slater Hospital, in Burrillville.

About Zambarano

Located on beautiful Wallum Lake in Burrillville RI, the Zambarano Unit of the Eleanor Slater Hospital enriches the quality of life for its patients.

The Eleanor Slater Hospital provides specialized programs and services for people who are diagnosed with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, dual diagnoses, neurological disorders, as well as chronic diseases.

The Zambarano Unit cares for the most complex patient population in the state. Referrals come from acute community hospitals, followed by nursing homes, independent and residential care facilities.

The hospital plays an integral role in delivery of healthcare in Rhode Island as it offers a system of care which is not available in any other healthcare setting. It has become the only provider of care for patients unable to be cared for by the existing healthcare delivery system.

Approximately 120 patients are treated at the Zambarano Unit.

Hospital staff employs assessment techniques and develops individualized multi-disciplinary treatment plans to ensure that patients receive the highest level of care.

The hospital's goal is to assist patients to reach their highest possible functional level in preparation for discharge to the least restrictive environment that meets their needs. Physician coverage is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at all units.

Zambarano offers an array of services to treat the specific needs of each patient. They include: laboratory, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, psychology, radiology, respiratory therapy, social services, patient & family support groups, therapeutic recreation, pastoral care, educational services, horticulture, music, and pet therapies.