About the Rehabilitation Center
Atrium Medical Center's Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to providing innovative services and programs that optimize patient outcomes.
Common conditions we treat include:
- Brain injury
- Neurological disorders
- Spinal cord injury
- Orthopedic injury
- Other injuries and illnesses that affect the muscular, nervous, or skeletal systems
Atrium's Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for Inpatient Programs – Hospital (Adult) and Stroke Specialty Programs. These designations assure the highest possible standards and services.
Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation and careful, individualized planning. We strive to help patients build confidence, achieve independence, and attain the highest level of desired functioning possible so they can return to their home, community, and work.
At Atrium, our Rehabilitation Center offers a broad range of therapies. Our program offers physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapies. We use progressive therapies and treatment techniques to help patients improve their strength, mobility, functional activities and communication. Patients participate in developing their treatment plan and receive one-on-one therapy sessions.
Our facility includes private rooms, a large family-style living area, dining and recreational areas, and two independent living apartments (ILAs) in which our patients, their families and significant others enjoy socializing and practicing activities they’ll need to perform when they return home.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
Our team approach to rehabilitation is Atrium Rehabilitation Center's greatest strength. Our physicians and professional staff work as an interdisciplinary team with patients and their families. Treatment is individualized to meet the personal rehabilitation goals and needs of each patient.
The Atrium Rehabilitation team includes:
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Recreational therapists
- Social workers
The roles and responsibilities of each of these professionals are outlined in detail below.
Physiatrists (pronounced “fizz-eye-AT-trists”) are doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They see patients in all age groups and treat a wide range of problems, from arthritis to spinal cord injuries. They evaluate patients’ physical capabilities and lead the team of other rehabilitation professionals in the development and implementation of treatment plans.
Neuropsychologists specialize in the relationship between the brain and behavior. They help patients and their families reclaim a sense of belonging, contribution, and value. Neuropsychologists works closely with patients and the rehabilitation team, helping them understand the psychological, cognitive, and emotional issues related to treatment and recovery. Services may include assessment, counseling, the development of compensatory strategies, and help with stress management.
Rehabilitation nurses, many of whom are Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRN), provide medical and rehabilitation nursing services and coordinate the services of other care providers. They assist patients in their move toward independence by setting realistic goals and treatments plans. They work closely with other team members to provide continuity of care.
Physical therapists provide services for patients who have a disability or another change in physical function resulting from injury or surgery, disease, developmental disorders, or loss of a body part. Using therapeutic exercises and physical activities, therapists help patients improve strength, flexibility, and endurance; restore movement and function; improve balance and safety skills; and manage pain.
Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They help patients develop or recover the skills needed for all types of activities—from dressing, cooking, and eating to using a computer, problem-solving, and decision-making.
Speech therapists assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive communication, voice, and swallowing disorders. They assist patients in redeveloping verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Therapy may include training in speech, language, and computer skills, problem-solving, decision-making and memory, as well as patient, and family counseling related to educational, vocational, and social issues.
Recreational therapists help patients regain confidence and social skills through activities such as crafts, music, dance, art, and sports activities. They help patients use their leisure in ways that enhance health, functional ability, independence, and quality of life.
Social workers provide support and encouragement for patients. They help patients and families utilize medical care, find resources, and plan for post-hospital services. They assure that a patient’s medically related emotional and social needs are met and maintained throughout the hospital stay.