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Specialized Respiratory Care at Montgomery County SNF is First of its Kind in Rockville  

ROCKVILLE, Md. (June 6, 2024) Collingswood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Montgomery County recently celebrated the grand opening of its new, highly specialized Ventilator Unit. The first of its kind in Rockville, the skilled nursing facility’s 20-bed, in-facility suite is geared to treat patients who are ventilator and tracheostomy dependent, or have debilitating respiratory conditions. 

Collingswood’s Ventilator Unit is under the direction of board-certified pulmonologists Safy John, MD, and Ajit Kuruvilla, MD, who lead the facility’s pulmonary rehabilitation program. A dedicated team of respiratory therapists and care staff provides 24/7 respiratory therapy coverage; the unit is optimal for vent weaning and management. Collingswood’s ability to serve patients with complex conditions and comorbidities is further distinguished by the presence of an in-house hemodialysis offering. 

“When Collingswood asked leading area hospital systems to help identify unmet regional patient population needs, a specialized Ventilator Unit – particularly one that could offer a seamless dialysis protocol – came up again and again,” said Nikki Gachot, regional director of market development for Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports the center. “They asked, and Collingswood delivered. A special thanks to the Collingswood staff, particularly Drs. John and Kuruvilla and the pulmonary team, for helping make the vision for this exceptional respiratory care unit a reality.” 

Collingswood recently completed a multi-million-dollar modernization, featuring top-to-bottom upgrades. The facility has enhanced its specialty care programming significantly as well. Its extensive range of offerings also include cardiac rehab, chronic kidney disease (CKD) management and palliative care services, among others. “With the addition of its new Vent Unit, Collingswood has created an all-encompassing specialty service line,” Gachot noted. “It is truly transformative skilled nursing care.” 

Located at 299 Hurley Ave., Collingswood provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. More information on the 160-bed skilled nursing facility can be found at 

Brick, N.J.-based Marquis Health Consulting Services provides administrative and consulting services to skilled nursing facilities and senior housing communities along the Eastern Seaboard. The organization’s operational guidance enables its clients to exceed their quality and customer service goals by embracing a progressive, multi-specialty approach to healthcare and lifestyle.      

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Collingswood and Marquis Health Consulting Services leadership teams (L-R) Dr. Ajik Kuruvilla, pulmonologist; Nikki Gachot, market development; Dr. Kamal Sewaralthahab, nephrologist, regional medical director; and Dr. Ibrahim Rizqui, attending physician.  


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