Local Hospital Recognized as a Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence

5/12/2012

Panama City, FL—HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital is one of only 12 hospitals in HealthSouth’s nationwide network of nearly 100 rehabilitation hospitals to be recognized as a Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence.

HealthSouth hospitals that receive the Stroke Center of Excellence designation go above and beyond to treat stroke survivors and assist them through the rehabilitation process. This designation is an internal recognition program that highlights the accomplishments of HealthSouth hospitals that have exceeded established benchmarks in clinical programming and patient outcomes for the treatment of stroke.


To be eligible for the Stroke Center of Excellence designation, the hospital must hold Disease-Specific Care Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation from The Joint Commission or be CARF accredited.

The Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence internal recognition program highlights the accomplishments of HealthSouth hospitals that have exceeded established benchmarks in clinical programming and patient outcomes for the treatment of stroke.

Some of those benchmarks include the program being led by a board-certified physician with expertise and specialized training in stroke. The hospital’s medical staff includes specialty physicians in the areas of neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, urology, and pulmonary and internal medicine.

“Experience in working with stroke patients is critical,” said Michael Hennigan, MD, medical director at HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital. “The side-effects from stroke are not always visible; many times they are cognitive resulting in behavioral changes, which make it hard for family members to cope.”

HealthSouth Stroke Rehabilitation Centers of Excellence employ treatment teams of specially trained clinicians in the areas of physical, occupational and speech therapies, in addition to nursing.

These treatment teams meet weekly to develop individualized courses of treatment for patients. The course of treatment could include a combination of the following specialty programs: cognitive retraining, behavior management, comprehensive spasticity management, augmentative communication, gait and balance training. 

HealthSouth stroke teams also meet with the patient and family to obtain input for the plan of care. Structured family education series provide caregivers disease-specific information on prevention, medication management and coping strategies.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Centers of Excellence provide discharge planning and continuing education initiatives to stroke patients in the form of vocational and community re-entry education, transitional living, home evaluations and therapeutic home visits. Stroke support groups are also available to patients for follow-up care on the second Wednesday of every month @ 3:00 p.m. in the HealthSouth educational classroom.

HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital is a 75-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC). Located at 1847 Florida Avenue, Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital is the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Bay County.

HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of healthcare services, operating outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitative healthcare facilities nationwide. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at www.healthsouth.com.

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