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The Rehabilitation Institute is housed on the west wing of North Mississippi Medical Center's first floor. The 28-bed inpatient unit is staffed with a team of professionals who provide three to five hours of intensive therapy daily to help patients reach their individual goals. Patients are cared for by a board-certified physiatrist (a physician specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation), as well as case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, rehabilitation nurses, speech-language pathologists, recreational therapist and a clinical psychologist. Patients can be referred to the Rehabilitation Institute by physicians, rehabilitation agencies, insurance companies, home care agencies, patients and/or families.
Our medical director evaluates each patient prior to admission. He determines whether patients are ready for the program medically and whether their needs will be best served by this program.
The rehabilitation team consists of physicians, case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, rehabilitation nurses, clinical psychologist, speech language pathologists, recreational therapist, pharmacist and dietitian.
The patient must be medically stable, at least 18 years old, diagnosed with a clearly defined rehabilitation problem that requires intensive coordinated rehabilitation services on an inpatient basis, able to participate in at least 3 hours of therapy daily with the potential to attain a rehabilitation goal within a reasonable time frame, motivated to participate in therapy. In addition, the family members' motivation is an integral part of the patients' therapy. Discharge plan must be established for follow-up care prior to admission.
Selection of patients for rehabilitation is along functional, rather than disease specific guidelines. Functional problems may include: impaired mobility, impaired ability to perform self-care activities, impaired communication skills, impaired safety in performing functional activities and impaired perceptual and cognitive skills. Rehabilitation can be required as a result of one or more of the following conditions: Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, poly neuropathy, congenital deformity, orthopedic conditions, amputation, major multiple trauma, fracture of the femur/hip, brain injury, polyarthritis, general deconditioning, stroke, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease.
CARF International (inpatient adult rehab and stroke)
Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers
Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (adult)
Mississippi State Department of Health
2011 Mississippi Recreation and Park Association Award of Excellence for Innovative Programming and Integration