Your interdisciplinary rehabilitation team may consist of the following specialists:
Dr. Flora Hammond, Physiatrist and Medical Director
Dr. Nancy Lipson, Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician) You will be seen regularly by a physiatrist, who is a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Your physiatrist is responsible for determining your individual treatment and discharge plan. The physiatrist works in collaboration with your rehab team to design and direct the best possible program for your needs.
Your rehabilitation nurses and therapists will be working closely together to reinforce rehab techniques while you are on the nursing unit. The nurses at RHI have a strong background in medical-surgical nursing and many have had extensive experience in the critical care setting. They will encourage you to do as much as you can for yourself to practice what you learn in your therapies.
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Your occupational therapist will help you become more independent in everyday living. He or she will work with you on dressing, bathing, and grooming and other skills you will need to take care of yourself. The occupational therapist will use specialized equipment and techniques to help you if necessary.
Physical Therapist (PT)
Your physical therapist will develop a plan to help you learn how to move again, as well as help you build strength and endurance. As you progress, you will work on becoming more independent in a wheelchair, walking alone or walking with devices such as canes or walkers.
Speech/Language Therapist (SLP)
When necessary, a speech therapist will evaluate and treat your communication, swallowing, memory and thinking skills. If needed, alternate ways of communicating can be explored and provided.
The discharge planner is here to support you and your caregivers during your rehabilitation process. They will be a link between you and the treatment team through regular conversation and updates regarding your progress. He or she promotes the ongoing participation of both you and your caregivers in discussions of your plans, goals, and status. In addition, your discharge planner is responsible for assisting with your discharge arrangements and helping you with follow-up and support services needed after you leave. If you have questions of concerns about your care, please talk with your discharge planner.
Respiratory Therapist (RT)
When indicated, the respiratory therapist will help you maintain strong and healthy breathing. This therapy may include exercises and testing as needed.
Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
When necessary, a rehabilitation psychologist or neuropsychologist will help you and your caregivers cope with your illness and disability through counseling and education. They may also evaluate you for problems with attention, concentration, thinking and memory.
The dietitian can help you meet your nutritional needs by assessing the adequacy of your diet, can work with the dietary staff to assure that you receive proper nutrition, and is available to educate you and your family on how to maintain a proper, and perhaps modified (i.e. low-salt, low-cholesterol, etc.), diet at home.
Pastoral counseling service will be provided as desired to help meet your spiritual needs.
Kyle Netter, MBA, PT, Program Director
The Program Director applies the strategic plans of RHI to program development and implementation. Using planning, leadership and fiscal management strategies, the Program Director is responsible for program development, outcomes and patient satisfaction associated with the assigned program. As the program expert, the Program Director will network to market the program, will develop relationships with providers and will be the community resource contact person. The Program Director provides oversight of clinical staff to provide care to the patient population served from adolescent age and older based on age-specific need.
Patient Care Tech
To provide selected direct and indirect patient care activities for those members of the rehabilitation population from adolescent age upward. Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team under the direct supervision of a licensed rehab team member, to provide patient services. Observes and reports patient comfort and safety needs, potential problems, and behaviors with an awareness of the needs of the patient in order to provide input to the staff nurse in an organized efficient manner for use in patient assessment and care planning.