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Inpatient Rehabilitation

Our dedicated pediatric inpatient services provide care and rehabilitation to infants through children age 21 who require hospitalization or need acute rehabilitation due to illness, injury or complex medical or congenital conditions.

Our staff is specially trained in pediatric care. A unique team consisting of medical and rehabilitation specialists will collaborate to provide developmentally appropriate care that meets all aspects of your child’s health and psychosocial needs.

Our goal through both our medical needs and rehabilitation programs is to ensure that your child receives the right services to successfully manage or overcome chronic medical challenges. Our team works closely with you and your child to increase your child’s functional abilities and to ensure the whole family will be comfortable and successful with any ongoing complex care required when they return home.

Pediatric Inpatient Medicine

Our pediatric inpatient medical program consists of board-certified hospitalists and a range of pediatric caregivers who provide state-of-the-art 24-hour developmentally appropriate care for infants through young adults with complicated medical needs, such as patients with:

  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Hematologic/oncologic disorders
  • Infectious disease requiring inpatient treatment
  • Prematurity and other related conditions, such as:
    • Ventilator dependence
    • Ventilator weaning
    • Ventilator education for families for home
    • Tracheostomy dependence
    • Failure to thrive
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Drug withdrawal management in infants
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Central IV line management needs
  • Renal disorders

Our goal is to fully stabilize your child while preparing the rest of the family to confidently continue any required care at home.

Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation

Through our family-centered pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program, we provide specialized care for children with chronic conditions due to injury or illness. We encourage the entire family to take part in the program because we feel strongly that improves both the patient’s and family’s confidence and on-going success upon going home together.

Our physician team will consult with the family each morning to keep everyone up to date and in touch with the ongoing care and progress of the child. In addition, the family is offered training and encouragement in all aspects of their child’s care, including mobility and daily living activities.

Our care centers around patients with:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Epilepsy surgery patients
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation needs, such as surgery or injury
  • Spinal fusions and traction
  • Complex injuries
  • Neurologic disorders requiring rehabilitation
  • Burns

Our pediatric family-centered rehabilitation program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), demonstrating our commitment to providing the highest quality services. Our treatment is tailored to meet the needs of each child’s physical, psychological and educational circumstances. We also prepare parents to be successful, long-term support systems.

Additional Services

Many of our medically complex patients may need to work with a number of specialists as well as their primary pediatrician or family medicine physician. As a convenience to both our patients and their physicians, we offer a number of services to facilitate a consistent approach to your child’s care. These include:

  • Lab procedures
  • Portable x-ray
  • IV medication administration
  • Transport nurses

A team of specialists will evaluate each child and then an individualized treatment plan will be formulated.

School-age children entering the family-centered pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program will follow a rigorous schedule during which they will participate in scheduled therapy sessions and academic classes broken up with rest times, meals and visitation periods.

A general weekly activity schedule may be structured like this one below; however schedules may vary by medical condition, therapy sessions, clinic appointments, etc.

7 a.m. Lights On
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. – Noon Therapies & School
Noon – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Rest Time
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Therapies & School
5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dinner
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Evening R.T.
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Homework/Visitation
8 p.m. Quiet Time/Prepare for bed

Infant schedules will be planned after consults will with each member of the medical and therapy team. Parents are encouraged to stay with their babies and provide primary care as they learn to manage the baby’s unique needs.

Our unique, multi-specialty approach to treatment means that we focus on all of the needs of your child from the medical and physical challenges to the mental, emotional and educational requirements they may have. Therefore, a number of specialists may be involved in your child’s therapy. The team may include:

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (Pediatric Physiatrists)

Nurse Practitioners, Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation

  • Judy Hall, PNP
  • Kristina Muhleman, PNP

Pediatric Inpatient Medicine

  • Kathleen Whitford, PNP

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Additional program staff available on consult as needed include:

  • Adaptive equipment specialists, in conjunction with our other therapists, help children reach their functional goals by designing and fabricating special equipment or adapting standard or existing equipment.
  • Aquatic (water) therapists work with children in our therapeutic pool. Sessions may be held with the aquatic specialist alone or in conjunction with a physical, occupational, speech/language, or recreational therapist. The warm water promotes relaxation and ease of muscle movement, assists with strengthening muscles, and advances land-based functional goals.
  • Certified Nurse Practitioners have specialized advanced training in pediatrics enabling them to address the unique concerns related to caring for chronic conditions in small children. They collaborate closely with physicians and other healthcare staff to ensure all of the child’s physical needs are addressed appropriately and timely.
  • Music and art therapists encourage children to express their feelings and develop self-esteem using enjoyable, creative activities during individual or group treatment sessions.
  • Occupational therapists evaluate fine motor, play, and self-care skills in infants and children with a variety of diagnoses and levels of disabilities. Occupational therapists aim to maximize functional independence by teaching adaptive techniques and using adaptive equipment.
  • Physical therapists work with infants and children to enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, endurance, gross motor skills, and mobility through play and exercise.
  • Physiatrists are medical doctors who have completed specialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists diagnose and treat disability resulting from disease or injury. They develop a comprehensive program to help patients restore function without surgery.
  • Psychologists focus on helping children and their families adjust to living with and caring for complex medical conditions by addressing the psychological components that accompany complex medical conditions, such as coping with pain that may be associated with chronic conditions and stress.
  • Recreational therapists promote increased functional independence, wellness, leisure activities, and recreation through developmental play, group recreation, exercise, and field trips.
  • Registered Nursing Staff helps to coordinate each child’s medical care, educate both patients and parents on individual health conditions and care requirements, as well as offers advice and emotional support.
  • K-12 Teachers work with children to keep them current in their academics while in the hospital or rehabilitation program. Our teachers also coordinate successful reentry to public or private school by working closely with family and public administration professionals.
  • Speech/language pathologists assess how children communicate with the world by evaluating both understanding and use of language, as well as addressing feeding and swallowing abilities, oral motor skills and respiration. Speech/language pathologists also serve children with hearing loss and central auditory processing disorder.