Mercy Health Center Expands Inpatient Rehabilitation At Sunset Campus

Mercy Health Center expanded Inpatient Rehabilitation at it’s Sunset Campus (formerly Memorial Hospital) by adding two fully equipped apartments and two family education suites). Starting today, patients have access to a full continuum of care from acute hospital stays, to inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation.

The addition of these unique rooms provides opportunities for patients to practice activities of daily living before fully leaving the health care system.

The fully equipped apartments feature everything from fully equipped kitchens to laundry facilities. Patients can practice getting in and out of the bathtub, cooking or even doing the laundry before they make the transition home. Before patients are released, a home assessment evaluation is made which takes patients to their home and assesses living quarters and identifies any areas that could be a challenge prior to discharge from the hospital.

"People often don’t realize that moving a walker through an area where furniture has always been may present a new challenge to living quarters," said Mary Ozment, RN, MSN, rehabilitations consultant. "The new apartments and family education suites allow us to offer expanded care to meet patient needs and get them home as early and safely as possible. Our expanded facility will enable us to meet Manhattan’s needs and the surrounding communities as well."

The new family education suites provide an intensive education program for families wanting to provide care for their loved ones at home. The programs are customized to meet individual patient needs and educate the family on meeting the patient’s needs. The program usually takes three to five days to complete.

Mercy Health Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is a not-for-profit, 15-bed comprehensive rehabilitation facility located at 1105 Sunset Avenue.

Inpatient programs are offered. Features of the facility include 11 private rooms, two private apartments and two private family education suites’ comprehensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

We provide services for those who have experienced stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, burns, orthopedic issues, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, and Parkinson’s syndrome. Using the many disciplines and treatments available, we offer specialty teams who treat each person individually.

Stroke patients will find our therapists trained in neuro-developmental treatment techniques. We also provide treatment for balance problems and support groups for stroke survivors, amputees and spinal cord injuries.

Quick Facts

More than 4 million Americans receive rehabilitation services each year.

• About 35 million Americans have ongoing disabling conditions.

• Medical rehabilitation restores and maintains a healthy quality of life to survivors of disabling injuries and illnesses.

• More than 80% of all patients receiving rehabilitation return to work, school or active retirement.

• At any given time, 13% of the American public and nearly half of those over the age of 75 need some kind of rehabilitation.

• Rehabilitation allows 50,000 to 100,000 patients to return home each year instead of going to long-term care.

• A survey conducted by the Health Insurance Association of American member companies reported savings of $11 for every $1 spent on rehabilitation with an average saving per claimant ranging from $1,500 to more than $250,000.

• As a result of rehabilitation, 350,000 people return to work each year, resulting in savings of $1 billion annually, resulting in $700 million in increased tax revenues.

• Rehabilitation reduces long-term disability costs to private and public programs from $1 billion to $2 billion annually.

• For traumatic brain injury patients alone, new rehabilitation treatments have reduced the length-of-stay at hospitals by one-half to one-third.