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A fall, car accident, paralyzing disease, or long illness could leave you weak making it difficult to perform simple, everyday activities you once took for granted. The goal of Pikeville Medical Center's Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Hospital is to get you back home or back to work as soon, as possible following an illness or accident.
For patients needing intensive rehabilitation, Pikeville Medical Center offers a full range of services. Our physician led team works with the patients and their families and/or caregivers to design and execute a carefully monitored treatment plan that meets each individual patient's needs. This family/caregiver involvement is very important to the treatment team as
they provide much needed continuing support and information critical to the patient's ongoing care. The team working with physicians includes, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals.
Our goal is to return our patients to the community and assist them in resuming their normal day-to-day activities as much as possible, as soon as their treatment plan and progress allows. Patients wear comfortable clothing, eat in the patient dining area and participate in at least three hours of therapy Monday through Friday, and half a day on Saturday. Our patients are encouraged to do as much as as they can for themselves to regain their independence.
Dr. Naveed Ahmed
Dr. Milton Calima
Dr. Sankar Chirumamilla
Dr. Naveed Ahmed is a neurologist with specialized training in neuro-rehabilitation.
Primary Care Physicians, who oversee patients while they are receiving acute care from the hospital, may also refer patients to the Physical Rehabilitation Hospital and participate in their care if they choose.
In addition, PMC has two physiatrists, Dr. Milton Calima and Dr. Sankar Chirumamilla. Physiatry's aim is to restore functional ability and quality of life to patients with physical impairments.
Referrals and Admission Criteria
Occupational Therapists help patients return to everyday activities such as washing clothes.
Referrals may be made to the Physical Rehabilitation program by physicians, allied health professionals, discharge planners, family members or patients. When a referral is received, careful consideration is given to the patient's current health status, previous level of function, plans for discharge, and how much family/caregiver support is available to meet the patient's rehabilitation goals.
Prospective patients must be medically stable, free from monitoring and life support devices, and able to participate in an intensive therapy program at least 3 hours daily. Our rehabilitation hospital is for those requiring assistance with mobility, safety, self-care, thinking skills and/or communication resulting especially from:
Injuries to the Brain/Spinal Cord
Other Neurological damage/disease
Polyarthritis, Inflammatory and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Patients benefit from a full spectrum of rehabilitative services dedicated to enabling them to regain the highest level of independence possible.
Patients may need assistance in managing disorders associated with Strokes, Brain and Spinal Cord Traumas, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), Parkinson's Disease and other conditions. Typically, they have difficulty with functions such as walking, eating, memory, cognitive function, communicating and may have bowel and bladder problems and pain.
Patients receive treatment from a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team under the direction of a board certified physician specializing in neurological conditions. Working as a team toward meeting the patient's goals, the team consists of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, social workers, dieticians, and other committed professionals.
PMC's Physical Rehabilitation Hospital, located on the 10th floor of the May Tower, is a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program dedicated to helping patients who are disabled by disease or injury. A team of multi-disciplinary rehabilitation specialists help patients achieve their greatest functional level of independence possible based on their physical and mental abilities.
This state of the art facility consists of 40 beds and contains over 23,000 square feet of space designated for exclusive rehabilitation use, including a dining hall, fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, "apartment" like room to practice real world living, large bathrooms with special shower seating in each room, and a gymnasium for exercise.
Occupational therapists (OTs) help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. They also help them develop, recover, or maintain work or leisure skills and activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, toileting, dressing, feeding, and tub/shower transfers. Their goal is to help patients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
Physical therapists (PTs) provide services that help restore function, improve ambulation, increase strength and range of motion, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Therapists examine patients' medical histories, then test and measure their strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function.
Physical therapy develops treatment plans that utilize exercises, various exercise equipment, pools, ultrasound, electricity, traction, heat, ice, braces, etc. These services have been provided at the hospital since 1973. Physical therapists treat patients of all ages with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Speech Language Pathology
Speech language pathologists are individuals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing. These professionals design and implement therapeutic programs to enhance communication and cognitive skills of patients suffering from strokes, traumatic brain injuries or other neurological impairments. Speech language pathologists evaluate swallowing difficulties and develop programs to deal with those problems. What Our Patients Say
The Excellence through Insight Award was presented to PMC for rating #1
nationally for patient satisfaction in Inpatient
Rehabilitation. In addition, Healthstream Research honored PMC for
achieving a patient satisfaction rate of 95 percent. Healthstream
Research contacts patients after their discharge and surveys them about
the care they received during their hospital stay.