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Rehabilitation & Therapy

Rehabilitation & Therapy

Mercy Health rehabilitation specialists take an individualized approach to patient care. Our patients have a high rate of improved function and satisfaction with the services they receive. Our Mercy Health team works to make sure patients receive one-on-one evaluation and treatment designed specifically to alleviate impairment and functional limitations, to promote fitness and to prevent future injuries. Mercy Health offers acute, outpatient and senior rehabilitation services. Read below for information on each of these services.

Acute Rehabilitation Units

If you need help determining if an acute rehabilitation unit is appropriate for you or if you, would like to make a referral, please contact the specific location listed below:

Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital          
3000 Mack Road                                        
Fairfield, OH  45014                                   
(513) 682-1953
15 Private Rooms                                      

Mercy Health - West Hospital
3300 Mercy Health Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45211
(513) 410-3274
24 Private Rooms

The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health
4777 E. Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
(513) 686-3715
14 Private Rooms

Program Goal
The goal of Mercy Health Acute Rehabilitation Units is to ensure an optimum level of recovery while providing cost-effective outcomes for our patients. Each unit has a medical director who is a physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist), as well as other physiatrists on staff who will coordinate the efforts of the rehabilitation team to help our patients reach their highest level of functional independence before returning to their home or residence.

Services We Provide
The Acute Rehabilitation Units provide physical and cognitive rehabilitation programs in an acute hospital setting for individuals who have experienced a disabling injury or illness. You will receive a high intensity program of three hours of combined therapy per day. Your care and treatment will be managed by the physiatrist, registered nursed and therapists.

Common Functional Problems that Acute Rehabilitation Improves
  • Difficulty performing activities of daily living such as eating, grooming, dressing, bathing and homemaking
  • Balance and coordination impairments
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty moving in bed or from one place to another
  • Memory deficits, judgment difficulties, communication limitations
  • Inability to work or function in the community due to physical impairment
  • Weakness or limited motion in arms, legs or trunks
These functional problems can be related to a medical diagnosis such as:
  • Amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Congenital Deformities
  • Hip Fracture/Replacement
  • Joint Replacement
  • Major Multiple Trauma
  • Orthopedic Dysfunction
  • Polyarthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Progressive Neurological syndromes, including Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, other progressive neurological impairments, Spinal Cord Injury or Dysfunction, Stroke
Treatment Team
The specialized and experienced treatment team may include:
  • Audiologists
  • Consulting and Primary Care Physicians
  • Dietitian
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthotic/Prosthetic Specialists
  • Physiatrists (Rehabilitation Physicians)
  • Physical Therapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Psychologists/Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Social Workers/Case Managers
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
Family members are also a very important part of the team.  We encourage family participation in our staff and family conferences, Training sessions and discharge planning.

Outcomes Summary
April – June 2014
Diagnoses and Discharge Destinations of Patients Served at Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital
Diagnosis Number of Patients Average Length of Stay (Days) Return Rate to Home Discharge Rate to Skilled Nursing Facility Return Rate to Acute Care
Stroke 24 14.3 75% 21% 4%
Hip Fractures 9 9.6 100% 0% 0%
Bilateral Knee Replacements 4 9.5 75% 0% 25%
Cardiac 8 8.6 88% 12% 0%
Lower Extremity Amputation 4 10.75 25% 50% 25%
Hip Replacements 4 10.75 50% 25% 25%
ALL PATIENTS 92 11.88 75% 17% 8%

Outpatient Rehabilitation

What is Outpatient Rehabilitation?
Outpatient rehabilitation is a form of therapy where patients travel to the hospital or other facility to attend sessions and then return home the same day.

Mercy Health Outpatient Rehabilitation includes physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Our therapists will develop an individualized, effective recovery plan that works for you and your lifestyle.

Outpatient Physical Therapy
Through individualized programs, Mercy Health therapists help restore function and maximize recovery following illness, disease or injury. Typical conditions treated through outpatient physical therapy include:
  • Injury of the neck, shoulder, back, hip, knee, ankle or foot
  • Joint replacement
  • Strokes or other neurological conditions
  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Balance problems/vertigo
  • Post-surgical conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lymphedema
  • Injury of the hand, wrist or elbow
  • Injury of the muscle, tendon or ligament
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
Types of Outpatient Physical Therapy include:
  • Aquatic Therapy (Fairfield and Western Hills HealthPlexes)
  • Manual Therapy
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Women’s Health – Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation (Fairfield HealthPlex)
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation (Fairfield HealthPlex)
  • Driving Evaluation and Training (West Hospital)
Outpatient Occupational Therapy
Through occupational therapy, you can learn how to meet the challenges of daily living, conserve energy for important tasks that are most important to you or modify your environment to meet your need for independence. 
Some illnesses or injuries treated by Outpatient Occupational Therapy include:
  • Stroke or other neurological rehabilitation
  • Brain or spinal cord injuries
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Low vision
  • Arthritis
  • Pulmonary disease
Types of Outpatient Occupational Therapy available include:
  • Hand Therapy
  • Orthopaedic Therapy
  • Neurological Therapy
Speech Therapy
Speech pathologists can assist you with language, speech, swallowing and cognitive problems.
Illnesses or injuries treated by Outpatient Speech Therapy include:
  • Brain injuries or stroke
  • Post-surgical procedures
  • Voice disorders
  • Swallowing problems
Types of Outpatient Speech Therapy available include:
  • Memory and cognitive skills development
  • Swallowing disorder treatments
  • Vital stimulation therapy (LSVT) for swallowing
  • LSVT for patients with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Voice restoration
  • Aphasia rehabilitation
  • Laryngectomy rehabilitation

Senior Rehabilitation

As part of the Mercy Health continuum of care, the senior rehabilitation program offers multiple levels of excellent care in various locations. Our staff provides the highest quality of care in a supportive environment. Each patient will experience an individualized program focused on his or her personal needs. Our goal during the rehabilitation process is to focus on the wellness of each and every patient’s mind, body, and spirit.




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