April 18, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) officials publicly announced a partnership to create the St.Vincent Acute Rehabilitation Unit.
The Acute Rehabilitation Unit is the result of transitioning the St.Vincent Orthopedic Transitional Care Unit, which functions as a skilled nursing service for post-surgical orthopedic patients to an inpatient acute care rehabilitation unit.
"We have assessed our strengths with the Orthopedic Transitional Care Unit, and looked for ways to enhance care for our patients," said Kyle DeFur, president of St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. "By partnering with RHI for the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, we will ensure that we maximize our patients' functional recovery and quality of life."
The relationship with St.Vincent Health and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana began 20 years ago when the faith-based health provider collaborated with Methodist Hospital (IU Health) to build the freestanding rehabilitation hospital. RHI provides a full range of inpatient acute services, and outpatient and vocational rehabilitation services for adults with life changing illness or injury.
Since the community collaboration between the two major healthcare systems, RHI has supported both providers with inpatient rehabilitation services.
"The partnership with St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital allows RHI to help additional patients needing acute inpatient rehabilitation on the north side of Indianapolis," said Dan Woloszyn, CEO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.
The St.Vincent Acute Rehabilitation Unit will care for a variety of patients including neurological diagnosis, oncology, trauma, multiple fractures, post-aneurysm and total joint replacement. In addition, patients will receive physical, occupational and speech therapy, onsite pharmacy, radiology, and rehabilitative nursing care.
RHI will manage the Acute Rehabilitation Unit by providing a medical director, program director and a clinical liaison. St.Vincent associates from the Orthopedic Transitional Care Unit will join RHI employees in staffing the Acute Rehabilitation Unit.
St.Vincent Hospitals and Health Services
Driven by the faith of four Daughters of Charity who arrived in Indianapolis in 1881 with $34.77 in their pockets, the St.Vincent Hospital mission is to treat the poor and sick by following our Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication. Our healthcare ministry has grown to include six Centers of Excellence: Women's, Children's, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience and Cancer Care. The ageless mission of St.Vincent remains unchanged: to minister to the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need.
About Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is community collaboration between Indiana University Health and St. Vincent Health. RHI offers a full range of inpatient acute services and outpatient and vocational rehabilitation services for adults with life-changing illness and injuries in brain injury, spinal cord, stroke, amputation, orthopedic conditions, neuromuscular disease, burns and related disabilities. For more information, visit www.rhin.com.
For more information contact:
Johnny Smith Jr.
St.Vincent Health Communications/Community Relations