St. Mary’s Medical Center is an 8-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit committed to improving your child’s quality of life through a progressive and integrated continuum of service. We specialize in the treatment of patients who have
experienced injury, illness or congenital disabilities which resulted in decreased functional independence.
Diagnoses admitted to the unit include, but are not limited to: stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorders, amputation, multiple traumatic injuries and/or orthopedic conditions. We use a “family-centered care” approach,
respecting the role of the family as a caregiver, advocate and decision maker for the child. Families are also encouraged to tour the unit and meet our staff prior to admission.
Referrals for pediatric inpatient rehabilitation are accepted from physicians, acute care hospitals, case managers and families. Our patient referral coordinator assesses each child referred for appropriateness of admission.
The Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit strives to ensure that each child and family participates in comprehensive and coordinated services from highly trained and qualified clinicians experienced in pediatric rehabilitation.
Team members include:
Physiatrist - Physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation
Other physicians to include Pediatrician, Pediatric Intensivist, and Specialists
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Child Life Specialist
Patient Referral Coordinator
Other specialists who may be consulted: Audiologist, Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy and Orthotics/Prosthetics
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call us at: 561-882-6382
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the admission criteria?
Recommendations for inpatient rehabilitation admission are provided based on medical rehabilitation needs. Patients admitted to the program are medically stable, demonstrate the ability to participate in and benefit from the scheduled
treatment time and families/caregivers agree to participate in the rehabilitation process and discharge planning.
What insurance is accepted?
We accept most major insurances. Our patient referral coordinator will investigate coverage for inpatient rehabilitation upon referral. Families will be advised of insurance authorization or denial to the program. If your insurance plan
does not cover inpatient rehabilitation, alternative resources will be provided.
How often will my child receive therapy?
Children receive therapy three hours per day at least five days per week. The pediatric inpatient rehabilitation healthcare team meets regularly to discuss patients’ progress in therapy and appropriate discharge plan.
What should my child wear to therapy?
Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Athletic shoes are preferred for ambulation training.
What is “family-centered care”?
The foundation of “family-centered care” is the partnership between families and professionals. It is grounded in collaboration among patients, families, physicians, nurses and other professionals for the planning, delivery
and evaluation of healthcare. The following principles are vital for this partnership:
Families and specialists work together in the best interest of the patient. As the child grows, he or she assumes a partnership role.
All who are involved respect the skills and expertise each individual brings to the relationship.
Trust is acknowledged as fundamental.
Communication and information sharing are open and objective.
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