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Quick Facts:

  • Established in 1905 as the Rhode Island State Sanatorium to isolate and treat "consumptives", meaning people with tuberculosis. The highly contagious tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in Rhode Island in 1905.
  • Upgraded in the 1930's under New Deal
  • Integrated into Unified Eleanor Slater Hospital in BHDDH in 1994
  • Maintains national JCAHO hospital quality accreditation
  • Campus includes:

      395 acres
      30 buildings and structures
      Provides its own heat, power, drinking water and waste water treatment
      1 building is used for Zambarano patient care

  • Phoenix Academy and The Providence Center Long Term Care Facility (formally the Talbot House) lease buildings on campus to privately operate programs for people with substance abuse problems in a residential setting
  • Zambarano also administers/manages four ICF/MR group homes for developmentally disabled adults, located in nearby communities

Type of Patients Served:

    Geriatric patients with chronic medical and psychiatric conditions who are unable to be cared for in the community

    Adults with complex behavioral and rehabilitative needs requiring adaptive equipment to maximize quality of life

    Tracheostomy patients requiring intensive respiratory services not available in another setting

    Patients with head and spinal cord injuries and persistent behavioral or medical issues that have prevented them from returning to the community

    Quadriplegic patients requiring an intensity of rehabilitation services and adaptive equipment support not available in other settings

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Brief Description of Zambarano Unit:

Located on beautiful Wallum Lake in Burrillville RI, the Zambarano Unit of the Eleanor Slater Hospital enriches the quality of life for its patients. With grounds shaded by majestic oak trees and landscaped with graceful perennial flowerbeds, the setting is beautiful, inviting and relaxing.

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. Ventilators and dialysis are not available to Zambarano.

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. Others (approximately 240 patients) are served at the Hospital's Cranston site, located at the John O. Pastore Center.

Our staff employs assessment techniques and develops individualized multi-disciplinary treatment plans to ensure that patients receive the highest level of care. We are committed to providing a safe, secure and protective environment where the treatment focus recognizes each patient's individuality and right to dignified care.

Our 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.

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