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Acute Physical Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy Program

Inpatient Rehabilitation
At St. Joseph's Hospital we have two 20-bed inpatient acute medical Rehabilitation Units.

Each unit has an integrated satellite therapy area for ease of patient treatment. Our patient caseloads are diverse including orthopedic diagnoses, CVA, neurological disorders (including M.S., Parkinson's disease) spinal cord and head trauma injuries.

Staffing for each twenty-bed unit includes four physical therapists, four occupational therapists, a speech pathologist and a psychologist as well as rehabilitation nurses and social workers. The case manager of the team is the physiatrist, a licensed physician specially trained in rehabilitation.

Inpatient Orthopedics
Acute orthopedic problems include total knee and hip replacements, amputations, and back injuries. Our talented and well-trained team of physical therapists meets the needs of the general medical-surgical areas (e.g. Intensive Care patients) as well as orthopedic related diagnoses.

Acute Outpatient Services
We treat an average of 75 patients per day in our Outpatient Physical Therapy Department.

The majority of our treatments deal with neurological and orthopedic problems. Equipment includes ultrasound, electrical and diathermy equipment, Cybex II, Versa Climber, Inversion Therapy, Hubbard and Mayo Tanks.

Areas of expertise include:

Spinal Cord Injury Rehab
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Neuromuscular Development Therapy (N.D.T.)
Manual Therapy
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

Specialized Outpatient Programs:

Hand Management Center
Evaluates and treats hand and upper extremity disorders.
Return-To-Work Program
Utilizes work-related activities to return the injured employee to the work force.

Occupational Therapy
An Occupational Therapist is a licensed care professional that utilizes purposeful activity and modalities to improve a person's functional abilities both at home and at work. The person's functional abilities have been disrupted by physical, mental or developmental difficulties (i.e. hand or upper extremity injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, or post operative orthopedic procedures).

An Occupational Therapist works with people who have new injuries as well as people who do not require further medical or surgical treatment to enable the person to function as independently as possible. If a person's status can not be physically improved, Occupational Therapists are trained to evaluate the person's home/work environment and suggest necessary adaptations.

Here at St. Joseph's Hospital, we have 2 full-time Occupational Therapists, 4 full-time certified Occupational Therapy Assistants and 1 per diem Occupational Therapist to accomplish that task. These therapists can be found practicing in Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Acute Care, Return to Work, area skilled nursing facilities, home care, area school systems, and the Hand Management Center.

For further information or questions, please contact:

Delia Jordan-Gardner, OTR/L
Director of Occupational Therapy
555 E. Market St.
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 733-6541 (ext. 7946)

Speech & Swallowing Disorders
The Department of Speech/Language Pathology provides a comprehensive program of communication evaluations/treatments and swallowing evaluations. Treatments, include video fluoroscopy studies of the swallowing mechanism. We are dedicated to assisting individuals and their families in obtaining quality services that provide positive results.

Our department provides services for a 40 bed rehabilitation center, a 185 bed hospital program, a 70 bed skilled nursing facility, outpatient therapy services and various contracts with the community.

The staff members of the Speech/Language Pathology Department are licensed by the New York State Department of Education to practice in Speech/Language Pathology and are certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association

Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate & Related Disorders
Cognitive-Communicative Impairments
Motor Speech Disorders

For More Information Contact:

Speech/Language Pathology Department
St. Joseph's Hospital
Physical Rehabilitation Department
555 E. Market Street
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 733-6541 #358

Hand Management Center
Whether using a wrench or playing the piano, the hand is a vital part of what makes us human. When someone can no longer use that hand, the loss is devastating.

The Hand Management Center at St. Joseph's Hospital cares for people and their hands through a variety of comprehensive programs in upper extremity rehabilitation. We treat peripheral disorders of the entire upper extremity - fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. We are dedicated to helping our patients regain lost function, mobility, confidence and independence.

Return-to-Work Center
When a client's general ability to perform in the workplace is in question, a physical capacity evaluation is performed, providing complete, objective data outlining the individual's maximum physical abilities and limitations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

When a client's ability to perform a specific job is in question, a work capacity evaluation is appropriate. This test measures how well the worker's abilities match the demands of the job in question, and often involves a work site visit. The evaluation is often used to find new work that is within the physical abilities of the client.

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Who Can Benefit?

People with sudden loss of balance or dizzyness.
People who have had surgery for inner ear problems.
People who are dizzy or off balance for more than 6 months with no improvement.

Call (607) 737-7818 for more information.

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