Rehabilitation

Spectrum Health Continuing Care has the largest rehabilitation program in the region. Every day our 600+ specialized rehabilitation team members work with over 1,500 patients at more than 60 locations. We treat a wide range of conditions, from common injuries to medically complex conditions, across multiple settings. Our comprehensive services include inpatient, outpatient and home-based rehabilitation. Spectrum Health Rehabilitation delivers results that are competitive with regional and national providers. Our clinical expertise and commitment to quality care are evident in our voluntary participation in accreditation through several prestigious accrediting organizations in the country.

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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Team

Our multispecialty team is led by a group of highly regarded physical medicine & rehabilitation physicians, also known as PM&R or physiatrists, who are trained to evaluate the impact of injury on function and develop effective, comprehensive rehabilitation treatment programs and plans. As specialists in pain, physical dysfunction and rehabilitation, physiatrists bring tremendous value to the care team within acute care, emergency room, outpatient therapy, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient specialty clinics. They are available 24/7 and should be consulted early in the care delivery process for patients at risk of physical impairment, delayed physical recovery or need for post-acute care.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Spectrum Health has two levels of inpatient rehabilitation: acute and subacute. We also have our long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) known as Select Specialty. Our expert team will guide you to the appropriate level of care based on your patient’s rehabilitation needs. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Blodgett Hospital provides acute rehabilitation for patients who have both therapy and medical needs and require daily oversight by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, or physiatrist. Subacute inpatient rehabilitation is offered at our five rehab and nursing centers for patients who are unable to return home safely after hospitalization and are unable to tolerate the intensity of rehab required at the acute level. Patients at this level of care have less acute medical needs requiring physician oversight. Depending on the patient’s individual needs, the rehabilitation team may include:

  • Physiatrists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses and nursing assistants
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Rehabilitation technicians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Social workers
  • Recreational therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Music therapists
  • Pastors
  • Case managers
  • Pharmacists

We provide rehabilitation expertise for many conditions, from common injuries to medically complex problems:

  • Amputation rehabilitation mimics the extensive research and experience of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, psychological and social concerns. Patients benefit from postoperative prosthesis for early weight-bearing and rehabilitation advancement. We also make recommendations for home and vehicle modifications for increased independence. Our “Amputation Meet-Up” support group meets monthly.
  • Brain injury rehabilitation helps patients with cognitive, physical, neurological, psychological, emotional and social conditions. We have more than 90 team members who are certified brain injury specialists through the Brain Injury Association of America. Rehab often continues to home care, outpatient rehabilitation and, for those needing long-term care, our neuro rehabilitation care comprising six licensed adult foster care homes.
  • Cancer rehabilitation is a comprehensive program to minimize side effects after cancer treatment, such as joint pain and stiffness, limb swelling, weakness, memory problems, balance, and difficulty with talking or swallowing. Cancer rehabilitation is also offered in the outpatient setting and in a dedicated subacute unit at Fuller Avenue.
  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation provides cardiac care for patients recovering from open heart surgery or have congestive heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, a left ventricular assist device or transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Our team helps patients build strength and stamina, develop new healthy lifestyles and better understand their condition.
  • Multiple trauma provides highly specialized rehabilitation for patients who have sustained traumatic orthopedic injury, brain injury, or complex wounds and burns following an accident.
  • Stroke rehabilitation focuses on helping patients overcome stroke-related disabilities and restore function or develop new ways to accomplish everyday tasks. Patients relearn basic skills, such as talking, eating, dressing and walking.

We also treat:

  • Balance disorders
  • Burns
  • Disorders of consciousness
  • Fractures
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Joint replacement
  • Neurological disorders
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Pulmonary dysfunctions
  • Speech and language dysfunction
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Transplant
  • Weakness
  • Work injuries

Leading-Edge Technology
Our clinical teams use best-practice techniques and leading edge technology to help patients succeed. Examples of such specialized equipment include:

  • ArmeoSpring to help patients regain movement, function and control of their arm
  • Assistive technology to increase functional capacities by eliminating or minimizing limitations through the use of devices, aides and enhancements
  • Biofeedback to help patients control involuntary movements, pain, tension of other conditions
  • Driver rehabilitation to assess and assist with driving ability
  • Early postoperative prosthesis to provide patients with early-intervention prosthetics and rehab after limb loss
  • Motion analysis to treat mobility-limiting conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation, with the use of wearable and interactive technologies
  • Unweighted gait system to help patients simulate real walking movements without risk of falling
  • VitalStim®, provided by certified speech therapists, to strengthen muscles, restore function and remap brain to improve dysphagia using electrical stimulation

Our facilities feature state-of-the-art gyms with highly specialized equipment; low-stimulation gyms or spaces for patients sensitive to noise and activity; private treatment rooms for one-on-one therapy work; and designated spaces for activities of daily living for patients to safely practice activities such as laundry and meal preparation before returning home. Technology and facility features vary by location.

Inpatient Rehabilitation (Acute Rehab)

Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital. We provide comprehensive services with interdisciplinary teams led by physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, or physiatrists.

Admission criteria:

  • Ability to participate in three hours of therapy per day, five days per week
  • Need for physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Medical condition that requires daily physician management, including patients who have suffered a stroke, brain injury, amputation, trauma, spinal cord injury or burns
  • Ability to return home or to the community

Inpatient Rehabilitation (Subacute Rehab)

Rehab and Nursing Centers
The following centers provide rehabilitation for patients who are unable to return home safely after hospitalization, are unable to tolerate three hours of therapy per day and/or require less medical oversight by a physician. Subacute inpatient rehabilitation is provided at the rehab and nursing centers at Fuller Avenue and Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, Spectrum Health United Hospital, and Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.

Admission criteria:

  • Need for therapy and/or daily skilled nursing care
  • Need care for a condition treated during a hospital stay

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Spectrum Health Outpatient Rehabilitation has more than 28 convenient locations throughout West Michigan. Our knowledgeable and trained therapists provide your patients with the latest treatments and therapeutic practices to ensure optimal recovery from conditions that range from minor aches and pains to the complexity of a stroke or traumatic injury. Outpatient rehabilitation offers:

  • Interdisciplinary occupational, speech/language and physical therapy and case management designed for adults with various neurological disorders
    -Therapists certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatments Big® and Loud® for treatment of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders
    -Speech therapists certified in VitalStim® therapy to improve swallowing
  • Mild brain injury program to diagnose and treat cognitive, physical, neurological, psychological, emotional and social challenges
  • Balance Center, under the direction of a neurotologist, to diagnose and treat vestibular disorders
  • Spine & Pain Management Center has an interdisciplinary team to coordinate treatment and therapies most appropriate for each individual patient experiencing pain and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Driver’s assessment program to evaluate patients’ ability to navigate and drive safely. Patients seen may be recovering from injury, amputation or neurological disorder, or those whose age is impacting reflexes and judgment. On-road assessments are also available
  • Hand Center to provide specialized rehabilitation in treating pain and injuries of the wrist, elbow and hand
    -Certified hand therapists with advanced training provide specialized services like custom orthoses, electrical stimulation and serial casting
    -Hand therapy is offered at multiple locations, with a main center located at the surgery center to work in collaboration with physicians