Restoring Hope for Stroke Patients at HealthSouth at Martin Health
May is National Stroke Awareness Month and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health, a joint venture between Martin Health System and HealthSouth, is using this opportunity to promote awareness and educate the public on the difference rehabilitation can make in a patient’s recovery after stroke.
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. Studies indicate that 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.
HealthSouth at Martin Health provides patients with an individualized treatment plan that includes physical, occupational and speech therapies. With 15 hours of comprehensive therapy each week and around-the-clock nursing care, teams of expert clinicians will 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.
“Patients at HealthSouth receive individualized therapy that is reviewed weekly by teams of interdisciplinary clinical experts and daily by internal medicine physicians and physicians who specialize in rehabilitation medicine, allowing each patient to receive a higher level of care. Our goal is to help the patients return to the level of function they had before their stroke,” said Stephen Chastain, M.D., medical director at HealthSouth at Martin Health.
The hospital has also taken the steps to ensure a higher quality of care for stroke patients in the community by achieving certification for Disease-Specific Care in stroke rehabilitation. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ was awarded to the hospital for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety for stroke rehabilitation.
For more information about stroke rehabilitation, call 772-324-3500.
Source: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health