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  • The effects of stroke are diverse and can be profound, affecting a person’s body, mind and sense of self. It can immediately change family dynamics down to the very roles in life played by the patient and family members. The OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital Stroke Program is “patient-family focused” and responsive to the individual needs of each person served. An interdisciplinary team of highly qualified professionals closely collaborate with each other as well as with the patient and family members to help restore function and maximize quality of life with an overall challenge to assist the patient to return to a sense of self.

    The mission of the OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital Stroke Program is to provide the highest level of care for our stroke patients by utilizing an interdisciplinary patient-family centered approach that challenges the patient to regain a sense of self. This mission is observed from the time of the initial assessment in the inpatient rehabilitation department through long term follow-up in the community, which may or may not include outpatient services.

    The OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital CARF-certified Stroke Program includes inpatient acute rehabilitation and outpatient services. These services allow for a lifelong follow up of deficits caused by stroke. Continuity of care through the components can be provided by a consistent medical team. OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital is often the destination that patients are sent to from many local primary and comprehensive stroke centers (acute care hospitals).

    The OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital Stroke Program has a designed team of professionals who work collaboratively to provide quality stroke rehabilitation services. The physiatrist is the designated team leader who prescribes a rehabilitation program specifically designed for each patient. An interdisciplinary team conference (where patients attend and families are welcomed) occurs at least weekly, which provides the mechanism for coordination of care and addresses changes in the physical, emotional, social and vocational status of each patient. Goals are documented in the individual admission assessment that is utilized for subsequent team conferences. Team members include: physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, case managers, respiratory therapists, dieticians and neuro-psychologists.

    All staff working with stroke patients receives on-going education and training to better advance our services and the outcomes of patients. Competency testing to all direct care providers occurs at time of orientation and annually. Techniques and technology that is utilized by our staff include: Neuro IFRAH, NDT, PNF, Partial Body Weight Support Gait Training, Bioness and Vital Stim Experia. We also have a highly trained neuropsychology department that provides aggressive one-to-one cognitive rehab treatment to assist patients in their recovery. Their approach is a functional approach whereby the results from their initial battery of tests are immediately put into play into the interdisciplinary treatments.