May is American Stroke Month, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Treasure Coast is using this opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of rehabilitation services for stroke recovery.
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. Studies indicate 60 percent of stroke survivors can benefit from comprehensive rehabilitation. Eighty percent of patients receiving this level of therapy return to their homes, work, schools or active retirement, according to the National Rehabilitation Caucus.
In addition to retaining a Disease-Specific Care Certification for its stroke rehabilitation program from The Joint Commission, HealthSouth Treasure Coast is one of only nine hospitals in Encompass Health’s, formerly known as HealthSouth, national network of 127 rehabilitation hospitals to be recognized as a 2017 Stroke Center of Excellence. This designation is part of Encompass Health’s internal recognition program to highlight accomplishments in stroke patient outcomes and satisfaction. Some of those benchmarks include the program being led by specially trained personnel including a board-certified physician and certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRN®s).
HealthSouth Treasure Coast provides patients with an individualized treatment plan that includes physical, occupational and speech therapies. With at least three hours of comprehensive therapy for five days each week and around-the-clock nursing care, teams of expert clinicians target the side effects of stroke which can include weakness or partial paralysis, speech and swallowing difficulties, trouble with balance and movement and difficulties with grasping.
“Stroke affects each patient differently. That is why it’s important to customize a rehabilitation care plan to the patient’s needs,” said Mike Kissner, CEO of HealthSouth Treasure Coast. “Each day, our team is honored to make a difference in the lives of stroke patients helping them walk again, talk again and care for themselves. It’s our goal to return them to their communities at their most optimal levels of independence, so they can keep on living a fulfilling lifestyle.”
According to the recent adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. An in-patient rehabilitation facility may be a free-standing facility or a separate unit of a hospital.
HealthSouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital is an 80-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Martin counties, the hospital is located at 1600 37th St. in Vero Beach and on the Web at www.healthsouthtreasurecoast.com.
About Encompass Health
As a national leader in post-acute care, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that spans 128 hospitals and 268 home health & hospice locations in 36 states and Puerto Rico, the Company is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care across the post-acute continuum. Driven by a set of shared values, Encompass Health is the result of the union between HealthSouth Corporation and Encompass Home Health & Hospice, and is ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, as well as Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit encompasshealth.com, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.