The Catalyst Issue 20 | December 2014 - Page 21

The inpatient rehabilitation facility at the Scott & White Center for Rehabilitative Medicine at Hillcrest surpasses the national average when it comes to expertise. spouses or other family members for overnight stays), a gym, a community room, and a dining area to encourage patients to move and engage in social interaction with one another, which can be important aspects in the healing process. Pet therapy is on-site, too, and chaplains are available. Pulling for each patient The director of Rehabilitative Services at the Scott & White Center for Rehabilitative Medicine, Kristi Trammell tells the story of a 19-yearold patient who had recently come to the Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center emergency room after a car accident. He sustained a spinal cord injury and is now a quadriplegic. After the initial traumatic event, he had surgery and was moved to the IRF after the PMR team discussed the options for the best outcome with the young man’s family. The initial care plan included early mobilization, adjustment therapy, medication, and patient and family education to focus on getting better. “I develop a rapport with all my patients and families, since I spend so In 2013, almost 500 patients were treated, and when the inpatient rehabilitation facility was compared to more than 800 facilities nationwide, the data revealed that this facility cares for more complex patients, who were discharged back to their communities faster. much time with them. They’ll open up about their struggles, which are physical and emotional,” Ms. Trammell says. The teenager was beginning intense daily therapy—up to three hours a day including physical, occupational, and speech therapy. For patients, recreational therapy is important too, to assist them with regaining skills needed for hobbies they enjoy. Ea