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About Us

Welcome to The Phoenix Center for Rehabilitation and Pediatrics, a beacon of hope, innovation, and exceptional care nestled in the heart of Haskell, NJ. Our journey began with a profound commitment to transform the landscape of pediatric and rehabilitative care. In 2020, rising from the foundation of the former Wanaque Center, we embraced a new identity and mission as The Phoenix Center, marking a new era of healing, wellness, and community support.

A Vision for Change and Excellence

As the world faced unprecedented challenges, we dedicated ourselves to creating an oasis of healing and progress. Our transformation included assembling a new, visionary team, establishing a distinguished medical advisory board, and equipping our facility with cutting-edge respiratory technology. Today, The Phoenix Center is proud to be recognized as a leading 227-bed skilled nursing facility, renowned for its innovative care and specialized programs.

Designed with Care

Understanding the profound impact of environment on healing and well-being, we meticulously designed our pediatric vent unit with a vibrant, full-color aquatic theme. This commitment to ambiance, paired with our advanced vent systems and alarm technology, underscores our dedication to providing a nurturing, state-of-the-art environment for our patients and their families.

Specialized Programs and Services

Our journey of innovation is highlighted by the introduction of a pioneering peritoneal dialysis program, spearheaded by Dr. Kenneth Lieberman. This program reflects our commitment to employing advanced technology in diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of kidney and urinary tract disorders, setting new standards in patient care.

At The Phoenix Center, we believe every child, from birth to 21 years of age, deserves exceptional care tailored to their unique needs. Our facility is a haven where medical excellence meets compassionate care, supported by a comprehensive educational center, dynamic recreational program, and the culturally sensitive Refuah program.

Our Commitment to Community and Excellence

With a deep sense of gratitude toward our dedicated team members and resident physicians, we celebrate the strides we've made in becoming a leading skilled nursing facility in our region. Amidst focusing on stringent health and safety measures, we've continued to evolve, offering a broad spectrum of medical, social, educational, and rehabilitative services.

Looking Forward with Compassion and Quality

The Phoenix Center stands as a testament to our dynamic vision and unwavering commitment to redefine the parameters of care. As we continue to grow and serve our diverse community, we remain dedicated to ensuring compassion and quality of care are at the forefront of everything we do.

Join us at The Phoenix Center, where care speaks in the language of compassion, and every day is a step forward in our mission to provide unparalleled support and healing for our patients and their families.

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Natasha Islam


Dana Finale

Director of Rehabilitation

Shannon Aikey

Child Life Specialist

Julie Spergel

Director of Business Office

Ruben ADeLaRosa

Director of Housekeeping

Maluz Virges

Assistant Director of Nursing

Fernando Echeverria

Director of Respiratory

Raelene Thorpe

Director of Dietary Services

Laura Vartolone

Employee Health Nurse/Staff Development

Alexandra Minaya

Director of Admissions

Katie Diebner

Director of Social Work

Genta Yabut

Director of Recreation

Matt Otte

Director of Maintenance

Meet Our Providers

Meet Our Providers

Lena Qasem

Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric

Dr. Kenneth Lieberman

Pediatric Nephrology

Hackensack University Medical Center

Dr. Frank Manginello

Medical Advisor

Valley Health System

Dr. Edward J McManus

Infectious Diseases

Atlantic Health System

Dr. William Grella

Pediatric Specialist

Saint Clare's Denville Hospital

Dr. Rachel Hirschberger

Pediatric Neurologist

Westchester Medical Center

Nancy Gitin


Dr. Daniel Krich

Pediatric Pulmonology
Westchester Medical Center

Dr. Robert Vincent

Pediatric Cardiology

Westchester Medical Center

Dr. John L. Holup

General Surgeon 
Wound Care Specialist

Message from our Administrator

Dear Prospective Residents and Families,


We are so proud that you are considering the Children's Center at The Phoenix as the place to care for your child. 

We understand the challenges you face as you set out to choose the right facility for your unique needs. That is why our caring and knowledgeable team is ready to help you navigate through this unfamiliar and daunting task. We will carefully guide you through the ins and outs of therapy, insurance, recreation, and more, and offer you a glimpse into what makes our facility stand out. 

We all want what is best for you and your loved one. 

Our philosophy is to provide the very best care in a warm, nurturing environment so that you can focus on recovery and rejuvenation. Together, we will work towards superior outcomes and monitor the progress every step of the way. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our admissions team by calling our office to arrange a private appointment. 

Wishing you and your family the best of health. 


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