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Serenity Court Homeless Medical Respite

Public Health Management Corporation
1221 North 19th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121
Gina Gentile, Medical Respite Nurse Manager; Laurie Corbin, Managing Director of Community Engagement
Phone Number:
(215) 684-3430
(215) 684-3431

In April 2018, PHMC opened Serenity Court, our new, expanded 20-bed homeless medical respite facility. Serenity Court builds on the success of the pilot respite program which operated in conjunction with Depaul USA since 2014. As the only respite in Philadelphia, Serenity Court provides post-acute medical care for homeless men and women on the streets or in an emergency shelter who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness, surgery or injury.

Operating Agency:
Facility Type:
Stand-alone Facility
Number of Beds:
Hours of Operation:
24 hours/day
Average Length of Stay:
14 days
Admission Criteria:

1. Patient is currently homeless.
2. Patient is independent in all activities of daily living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).
3. Patient is able to ambulate and transfer independently with or without use of assistive devices.
4. Patient is continent of bowel and bladder.
5. Patient is not acutely intoxicated and is not likely to experience significant alcohol or drug withdrawal symptoms.
6. Patient is willing to comply with the rules and guidelines of the PHMC Serenity Court Medical Respite Care Facility.
7. Patient is over the age of eighteen.
8. Patient is an unaccompanied adult.

Clinical Staff:
Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Social Worker, Other
Clinical Services Provided:
Daily clinical evaluations and assessments, wound care, medication-assisted treatment, medication education, IV antibiotics, newly diagnosed diabetic medication/nutrition education, preparation for procedures (e.g., colonoscopy), cardiac monitoring including life vest, and behavioral health care.
Support Services Provided:
Meals, Transportation, Case Management
Funding Sources:
Hospital, Medicaid/Medicare, Private Donations, Local/State Government, Foundations