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July 9, 2015, was a day like any other for then 45-year-old Jodi Houser. She ran a few errands in Cedar Rapids and treated herself to a massage before starting the drive home to Walker. Then, in an instant, everything changed. Read more on page 12 (PDF).
With your medical condition stabilized, your provider may order inpatient rehabilitation to allow you time to focus on regaining your physical independence and function. Rehabilitation may take place on any floor of the hospital or in our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
Mercy’s award-winning, interdisciplinary rehabilitation team consisting of specialized physicians, 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, and patients come to this floor after surgery, for example. In addition to the rehabilitation center’s dining room, room service is available 24/7. Laundry services are also available.
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.
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.
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 — Carla Schulz, MD 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. Schulz has been a fixture within the community as a family practice provider for nearly 30 years. In addition to her work in Inpatient Rehabilitation, she is Medical Director for Medical Affairs at Mercy and is an urgent care physician at MercyCare North as needed.
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.