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Your Rehabilitation Team

You

You (the patient), are an integral part of the rehab team. We will guide you in your journey back to independence and strength. Your input, questions, and concerns are important in making your recovery individualized to your needs.

Your Physician

A rehab physician will oversee your rehab and recovery process. You will also have a primary care or medical doctor seeing you on a daily basis. Specialists can be consulted as needed.

Program Director and Nursing Director

The nursing director and the program director oversee the rehab staff and unit. They are available to communicate with staff as needed.

Rehabilitation Team

The rehabilitation nurse will provide 24 hour customary nursing care. They have special training to guide your progress through the rehabilitation process. The nurse will monitor for changes in your health and manage your medications.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist works with you to promote improving overall physical  strength as well as endurance, balance, coordination, posture, and flexibility. You will receive treatment that may include exercises, wheelchair mobility, equipment fitting, gait training. We do include patient/family education also.

Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapist works with you to improve the ability to perform daily living activities. These tasks may include skills with grooming, personal hygiene, dressing, self-feeding, homemaking, transfers, and upper body strengthening. They may teach you how to use special equipment. Evaluating your home living set-up will help them make recommendations to your home that will allow you to be as independent as possible.

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is used to maximize the ability to communicate. This includes speaking, reading and writing. This type of therapy can be used for cognition and improve and thought processing skills. Speech therapy also may be needed to help improve your swallow and, with input from your doctor's, they will make recommendations on the type of diet that is right for you.

Social Worker

The social worker will keep you informed of the rehabilitative process and updated on your progress, goals and estimated length of stay. The social worker maintains frequent contact with you and your family to ensure communication with the rehabilitation team and to assist with planning for discharge. 

Admissions Coordinator

The admissions coordinator will work with the doctor and staff that are referring you to rehab, to ensure qualification through insurance is approved. The admissions coordinator will meet with you and/or your family prior to admission to discuss the purpose, goals, and routine of a rehab stay. 

Specialty Certifications

CRRN

Nurses who achieve the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse credential demonstrate know, experience and commitment to excellence in comprehensive care for people with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses in all specialties and settings of rehabilitation. The CRRN credential has been a widely accepted and trusted nursing certification for more than 25 years.

The CRRN credential requires nurses nurses to have experience in rehabilitation nursing and pass an exam validating a documented level of knowledge of rehabilitation nursing practice.

Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS)

ACBIS currently offers CBIS. The program is governed by the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialist (ACBIS) and is administered by the Brain Injury Association of America in Vienna, Virginia. The training and certification exam are intended for paraprofessionals and professionals at all levels who want a strong foundation in the best practices in brain injury rehabilitation. At this level, applicants attend a training to prepare them to take the certification examination. Applicants may also elect to prepare for the exam through self-study. To obtain CBIS, candidates must complete the required work experience and training and must pass an examination.

Additional Brain Injury Resources:

Iowa Brain Injury Association
Brain Injury Resource Center
Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide
COMPASS' Brain Injury
Brain Injury Association of Iowa

Providers

Medical Director

 Stanley Mathew, MD
Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical School: Medical University of Lublin/Poland
Internship: Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
Residency: New  York Medical College

Physiatrist 

Devin Smith, MD
Specialty: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine
Internship: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center