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Taylor Hospital 1910-2010 Rehabilitation Services

In 1910, when Horace Furness Taylor, M.D. opened the hospital that still bears his name today, nearly all of the services that were offered revolved around surgery. Though it often goes hand-in-hand with surgery, the science of rehabilitation was still many years from becoming the structured, multidisciplinary program that it is today.

A century ago when people had surgery, they spent time in the hospital, then recovered at home. Today, certain patients — namely those who have had major surgery (such as knee or hip replacement) or are recovering from a stroke — require the specialized post-surgical care that can only be found in an inpatient rehabilitation unit. 

Rehabilitation 100 years ago consisted of a long hospital stay after a surgical procedure. Depending on the procedure, some patients could be in the hospital for several weeks. Doctors and nurses did their best to take care of their patients, but medical professionals of the early 20th century did not have today’s vast array of tools and technology at their disposal.

Today, rehabilitation refers to a specially prescribed treatment plan carried out by a team of skilled clinical professionals—including doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and more. Rehab is an integral part of a patient’s recovery process. Each patient’s rehab plan is custom tailored to their individual needs and includes education, medical and nursing care, and physical/occupational therapy. 

Taylor Hospital is proud to have one of the oldest inpatient Rehabilitation Units in the Greater Delaware Valley. In 2011, they will celebrate a milestone of their own — 30 years of service. For more information on rehabilitation services at Taylor Hospital, call (610) 595-6540.

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