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CKHS Enhances Rehabilitation Services

In Brief

  • Through a partnership with Centerre Healthcare — a national company with decades of experience in the field of rehabilitation — CKHS is working to enhance the successful operation of its hospital-based Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services.
  • CKHS offers inpatient rehab services at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital.
  • Part of the expansion of services includes a remodeling of the units and the addition of more patient beds.
  • Other enhancements to the care process include the addition of clinical liaisons and care coordinators to the rehab team (which also includes doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers).
  • Rehab patients are prescribed an individualized treatment plan. In addition to this specialized care, both Taylor and DCMH are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission — which is especially beneficial to those patients who are receiving rehab after suffering a stroke.

For nearly 30 years, Crozer-Keystone Health System has offered skilled rehabilitation services to the community it serves. For many people recovering from orthopedic surgery, or who have suffered a brain injury, stroke, or spinal cord injury, rehab services have meant the difference between living with a life-limiting illness and, simply, living life.

Through a partnership with Centerre Healthcare — a national company with decades of experience in the field of rehabilitation — CKHS is working to enhance the successful operation of its hospital-based Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services.

“At DCMH, we’ve enjoyed a long history — 25 years — of providing excellent rehabilitation services,” says Carol Seiverd, administrative director of Rehab Services for Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “However, in today’s challenging economic environment, it has become a much more competitive market. Regulatory challenges, combined with the fact that patients have more choices than ever before, have made it necessary for us to learn how to better promote our high level of rehab services and differentiate us from other providers.”

DCMH, along with Taylor Hospital, are the two hospitals in the Crozer-Keystone Health System that offer inpatient rehab services. Like DCMH, Taylor has been a longtime player in the game — having offered these specialized services for 30 years in 2011, making it the oldest inpatient rehabilitation unit in Delaware County.

Part of the expansion of services includes a remodeling of the units and the addition of more patient beds. “Taylor’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit currently has 30 beds,” says Scott Law, administrative director of Rehab Services for Taylor. “We are planning on expanding the unit by adding beds as well as a specialized unit for patients with a diagnosis of stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other neurological conditions (such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, neuropathy, etc.). The staff for this unit will have specialized training for this patient population.” Law adds that the current rehabilitation unit will also be converted to all private patient rooms and will cater to patients who have a diagnosis of cardiac or pulmonary disease, pain syndromes, multiple trauma, and general debility, as well as those with orthopedic conditions — such as hip fracture and bilateral joint replacements.

Other enhancements to the care process include the addition of clinical liaisons and care coordinators to the rehab team (which also includes doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers). The clinical liaisons work very closely with the patient as well as the hospital’s therapists, nurses, social workers, discharge planning team and medical director of the unit to determine a patient’s eligibility for rehab services. Care coordinators do exactly what their title states — they oversee the patient’s Rehab Unit stay to make sure they are making progress, act as a liaison with the patient’s family, and perform discharge planning duties — including home care recommendations, and assessing equipment and follow-up care needs.

Physicians round out the care team. At Taylor, Douglas Brunner, M.D., serves as the chairman of PM&R and medical director of the Rehab Unit. Philip Stevens, D.O., serves as medical director of DCMH’s inpatient Rehab Unit.

Rehab patients are prescribed an individualized treatment plan carried out by the clinical care team. Each patient’s plan includes — at a minimum — education, medical and nursing care, and physical and occupational therapy. In addition to this specialized care, both Taylor and DCMH are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission — which is especially beneficial to those patients who are receiving rehab after suffering a stroke.

“As the American population ages, rehab facilities like ours treat more patients with challenging disabilities,” Law says. “Rehab facilities have an enviable reputation for achieving impressive results with patients.”

“We’ve done an excellent job providing rehab services to our patients for many years,” Seiverd says. “By partnering with Centerre Healthcare, we hope to expand our reach so that even more people across the county can learn about our services and choose Crozer-Keystone for their rehabilitation needs.”

For more information about inpatient rehabilitation services at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, call (610) 284-8579. For more information about services at Taylor Hospital, call (610) 595-6540. You also may learn more by visiting http://ckhshmi.crozer.org.

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