(Music) Welcome to this very
special edition of Health Matters right here on The
Balancing Act. It’s the first in a four part
series about the really important work that is being
done at inpatient rehabilitation hospitals.
A great segment coming up. In fact I am on location at
HealthSouth, one of the premier inpatient rehabilitation
hospitals in the country with over a hundred
hospitals nation wide. And I’m joined this morning by
Dr. Dexanne Clohan, HealthSouth Chief Medical Officer and Dr.
Cheryl Miller, National Director of Therapy Operations.
Doctor, thank you so much for being here this morning.
So happy to be here. Thank you Dr. Miller as well.
Dr. Clohan, let me start with you.
Tell me a little bit about HealthSouth.
HealthSouth is a rehabilitation system of hospitals and I should
mention rehabilitation medicine. It’s a special area of medicine.
Doctors train in this specifically to help patients
who have lost the ability to function in various ways that
are important in their life. And so HealthSouth is a system
of 107 rehabilitation patient hospitals, 29 states and Puerto
Rico, about 1 in 5 of all the patients in rehabilitation
hospitals are in HealthSouth sites.
They may not have the name HealthSouth prominently
displayed because in many instances we’re partnering with
university hospitals, academic medical centers, or prominent
medical centers in the city. But frequently you’ll find the
HealthSouth name and you’ll definitely find them all listed
on the HealthSouth website. To clarify this is not
like a nursing home? So here’s a key
for your audience. Remember these words.
There’s a difference between a hospital and a center or a
skilled nursing facility. So we’re
rehabilitation hospitals. You’ll find RNs on duty 24 hours
a day in the hospital, physicians accessible 24 hours a
day, pharmacies on site, speciality trained
nurses, therapists. A great team.
In a skilled nursing facility, which are very appropriate for
certain patients, you’ll find some therapy services, but
you’ll find RNs only one shift a day is all they’re required to
have. Physicians aren’t required to be
available 24 hours a day so there are quite a number of
differences between those sites. So I hope your viewers if
they’re ever in the position where they need to find care for
a family member his last ability to function to ask the question
is this a rehabilitation hospital?
Ummhmm, because it gives you piece of mind to make that right
choice. Dr. Miller, let me bring you in.
Tell me about your roll and how you’re helping patients here.
My roll as a leader of therapy and HealthSouth is to make sure
that are therapy services are provided in state of the art
environments and they’re also provided by competent
clinicians. And my role specifically is
related to therapy, but to make sure our therapist have the best
skills possible to provide our patients the best care possible.
And speaking of patients, we have a video clip of one
patient. I’d like to share that
with my viewers if I may. Great.
Let’s take a look real quick. I was paralyzed from my
shoulders down when they transported me over um there was
the only thing I could move was my head uh and I
could lift my shoulders. Other then that, um no
other part of my body moved. Ah they, I couldn’t
even press a call button. Um when I got here they um gave
me a new medic called Budon where I had to blow into a tube
to try to get assistance. I could not feed myself.
I uh you know, I was totally dependent upon the nursing staff
here and techs to do take care of me and depended up the
physical therapy staff to as I say fix me, you know to get me
back from as I said to being totally umm paralyzed to a state
of some independence. Dr. I can only imagine that
quality outcomes must be so important to you.
Is that patient experience typical?
We get alot of responses from patients that are very grateful
for the team that’s worked with them.
The patients do the work themselves alot as well.
We measure patients ability to function when they arrive at our
hospital and then again when they’re discharged and so
there’s actually a numerical store to show how much they’ve
improved and we can demonstrate that they do so much better in
our hospitals that we’re proud of that.
That’s great and Dr. Miller, as a result of the therapy which
I’m hearing now from Dr. Clohan, what can a patient expect in
terms of the goals and gaining that independence they want so
much. So when a patient comes into our
hospital the first thing we want to know is what their goals are.
Once we know what their goals are it can help us to identify
what we want to work on while they’re here and what their
treatment is going to involve while they’re here so they can
return home independent and most importantly to a more meaningful
life. And Dr. Clohan I’m
going to end with you. It’s really important
what I’m hearing here. It’s very individualized and
it sounds like a team here. Most importantly the patient is
really right in the middle of that team selecting their goals,
letting us know what’s important to them and working hard because
rehabilitation is no easy task. Thank you so much for your time.
Give me that website one more time.
God bless you both and we’ll see you again in part 2 of this
great series. Looking forward
to it, thank you. Thank you ladies and of course
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