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With your medical condition stabilized, it is time to focus on regaining your physical independence and function. Mercy’s award-winning, interdisciplinary rehabilitation team consisting of specialized physicians, a physiatrist, rehabilitation nurses, therapists, dietitians and social workers will create a recovery plan designed especially for you. You and your loved ones will be an essential part of carrying out this interactive, patient-centered plan of care and goal-setting experience.
As a part of the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation units in the nation for patient-centered care, we want to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. All of our rooms are private. In addition to the rehabilitation center’s dining room, room service is available 24/7. Laundry services are also available.
Therapies and Nursing
Depending on your needs and goals, your recovery plan may consist of rehabilitation nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as ancillary services that may include pastoral care, pet therapy, recreational therapy, psychological therapy, pain management and orthotic/prosthetic management.
- Rehabilitation nursing equips both you and your family with the proper skills and education for returning home.
- Physical therapy involves specialized exercises and equipment designed to help you build physical strength and endurance, retrain muscles, and improve balance and coordination.
- Occupational therapy works on increasing your independence and safety in activities of daily life, like getting dressed, taking a shower or cooking a meal.
- Speech therapy helps you improve communication through speech clarity, language, comprehension and expression. It can also assist you with safe swallowing.
You’ll receive three hours of therapy per day. A schedule will be posted in your room, so you’ll easily know which therapy will visit and when.
What to bring with you
Bring five sets of exercise-appropriate clothing, including socks, underwear, supportive shoes, orthotics or prosthetics, and any assistive device you use.
Mercy’s Medical Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation — Sunny Kim, MD, an experienced physiatrist specializing in rehabilitation medicine and recovery — will oversee your progress during your stay. You will be seen daily by a physician for your medical care, which will be your primary care provider (if he or she sees patients in the hospital) or a hospital physician.
Dr. Kim is among a handful of medical specialists in the world who has additional training in regenerative medicine.
“I’m thrilled to join the compassionate team of experts on Mercy Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehab Unit,” says Dr. Kim. “The whole care team and I meld our expertise together to ensure each patient has the best recovery plan in place to successfully reach their goals with pride.”
Dr. Kim earned his degree in chemistry at Cornell University in New York, followed by medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. After a fellowship in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University, he completed specialization in PM&R at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where he also served as chief resident.
He has been practicing non-surgical orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation and pain management in Cedar Rapids since 2005. He continues to see patients at his outpatient, private practice.
Your interdisciplinary rehabilitation team will meet with you and your loved ones consistently to ensure everyone is working toward a common goal — your successful recovery. The meetings are interactive and input on your care from you and your loved ones is essential and welcomed.
Prior to going home, your social worker will meet with you and your loved ones to discuss any discharge needs. Your dietitian will also meet and discuss approaches for continued healthy eating at home.
We look forward to welcoming you. Thank you for choosing the compassionate care of The Mercy Touch® to help you on your road to recovery.
Inpatient Rehabilitation is located on the 7th floor of Mercy Medical Center, accessible from Elevator B near the 10th Street Entrance.
To ask a question, make a referral or reach our team, call Mercy Post-Acute Care Transitions at (319) 398-6850.