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Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute Provides Nationally Recognized Care to Community for 3rd Year in Row

For the 3rd year in a row, Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute has been acknowledged for providing nationally recognized rehabilitative care to its patients. The hospital was ranked in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide for providing care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“This means that in the Spartanburg area, we’re providing the highest level of rehabilitative care available anywhere in the United States right now,” says Richard Schulz, CEO of Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute. “Patients and their families don’t have to leave the area to receive the latest in technology and clinical protocols – we’re providing it here in our own backyard.”

The hospital was ranked from among 781 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The UDSMR is a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes.

“This national ranking speaks highly of the commitment and dedication of our employees and medical staff,” Schulz says. “Our staff is passionate about helping patients return home at their highest possible levels of productivity and independence. And for anyone who has ever as had a family member or friend needing healthcare, that matters. We consider it a privilege to be able to provide this higher standard of care to our community.”

Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations, along with illnesses such as cerebral palsy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute awarded National Amputee Rehabilitation certification

Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute has received The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certification for amputee rehabilitation, which signifies the hospital’s dedication to developing better results for amputee patients. The award was given after a rigorous on-site review of the hospital’s compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines, and outcomes of care.

Nearly 2 million people in the United States are living with a loss of a limb. In South Carolina alone, more than 3,000 amputations were performed in 2013 according to the Amputee Coalition. Amputation is when all or part of an arm or leg is removed surgically to treat an injury, disease or infection.

“Amputations may be necessary for a variety of reasons,” says Dr. Timothy Murphree, Medical Director of Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute. “The most common reason is vascular disease, including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease. This is when arteries become narrowed or blocked.

Trauma, burns, cancer or serious infection may be other reasons for an amputation.

“After an amputation, an individual can face a difficult period of physical and emotional recovery,” Murphree says. “This is why we take our responsibility to providing the highest quality of amputee rehabilitation to the community very seriously.”

As part the hospital’s commitment to these patients, Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute voluntarily applied for The Joint Commission’s certification in Amputee Rehabilitation. The certification evaluates programs that provide clinical care directly to patients and programs that provide comprehensive clinical support that interact directly with patients on site, by telephone, or through online or other electronic resources.

“Our hospital is nationally recognized as being dedicated to developing better results for amputee patients,” says Richard Schulz, CEO of Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute. “We know that rehabilitation following an amputation can enhance a patient’s recovery process and minimize functional disability. Our goal is to help our patients reach the highest levels of independence possible following an amputation.

At the hospital, a multidisciplinary medical team that’s led by Murphree meets with patients and their family members to create individualized goals and treatment plans. In addition to physical and occupational therapy, patients also have access to a wound care team that provides a holistic approach to healing, as well as prevention and management of skin breakdown. A prosthetist and orthotist also are available for consults, fitting, and assistance with equipment and permanent prosthetics.

Therapy areas at the hospital that patients have access to include a 6,000-square-foot therapy gym, an aquatic therapy pool, and a courtyard that allows patients to practice on different terrains such as ramps, stairs, gravel, dirt, cubs, curb cut-outs and wood decking. In addition, patients also have access to a daily living and a transitional suite where they can practice daily, at-home activities while under the care of a healthcare professional. In addition, the hospital offers home evaluations to identify and necessary modifications that may need to be made to a patient’s house to ensure a safer return home.

“We provide rehabilitation when the amputation occurs, and we can continue to monitor and treat our patients as their healing and abilities progress and situations change,” Murphree says. “We want to provide ongoing support to our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues in the community who have experienced an amputation. Our goal is to help them adjust to this life-changing event so they can function as independently as possible and enjoy the highest quality of life possible.”

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FREE Stroke Awareness Event

Spartanburg Rehabilitation Hospital is hosting a FREE Stroke Awareness Event and invites you to join!
The event will be held on Tuesday, May 31st from 5:00 – 7:00pm and includes:

• Balance Testing
• Blood Pressure Checks
• Community Resources Information
• Diabetes Education
• Nutrition Education
• Smoking Cessation
• Tasting with Thickened Liquids
• Stroke Program Information
Facility Tour

Event address:
160 Harold Fleming Court (North Grove Medical Complex)

We hope to see you there!

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Spartanburg Rehabilitation Hospital Recognized in Top 10 Percent

Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute has been ranked in the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationally for their first year in business

The ranking was provided by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a not-for-profit corporation that was developed with support from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a component of the U.S Department of Education. It ranks rehabilitation facilities based upon care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient, and timely.

We continually strive to provide high quality care to our patients, so it’s exciting to be recognized as a national leader – especially for SRI our first year open,” says Richard Schulz, CEO of Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute. “But what I’m most pleased about are that patients right here in our community can receive the highest level of rehabilitative care available nationally without having to leave the area.

UDSMR, which administers the world’s largest medical rehabilitation database, provides common language and measurement tools to monitor patient results.

Through UDSMR, we collaborate with our peers throughout the United States to share information and establish best practices for patients,” says Schulz. “This helps us elevate rehabilitative care for everyone across the United States.

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Spartanburg Stroke Survivor Regains Independence

When 70-year-old George Lockamy, a stroke survivor from Spartanburg, S.C., was asked what occupational therapy meant to him, he became emotional. Especially when talking about his therapist, Carolyn Politi from Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute.

I was so frightened when I first got to the hospital, but Carolyn knew exactly how I felt,” Lockamy says. “I was so limited in what I could do. Carolyn’s compassion, patience, and smile helped me reclaim my independence.”

Lockamy, who suffered a stroke in September 2014, was paralyzed on his left side. When he entered Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute, he couldn’t dress or bathe himself. After four weeks of inpatient rehabilitation and six months of continued outpatient therapy, Lockamy is able to walk independently and is back home in his role as a husband and father.

Politi, who has been an occupational therapist for seven years, says it’s her passion to see patients like Lockamy progress and be able to perform activities of daily living.

We provide occupational therapy to help patients develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills,” she says. “We always start with patients’ goals to determine what they want to accomplish. Once we know what they want to be able to do, we create individualized treatment plans to help the patients reach those goals.

At Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute, occupational therapists are part of an interdisciplinary team treating the patient. The team includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, and other healthcare professionals.

Occupational therapy is essential to a patient’s recovery, according to Politi. “The better prepared a patient is at being able to complete daily tasks at home, the more complete the healing process will be,” she says.

Such was the case with Lockamy, who learned how to walk and perform daily tasks.

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