Following a spinal cord injury, the ability to return home and to the community with the highest degree of lifelong independence possible -with a minimized risk for secondary complications - is closely related to initial inpatient rehabilitation. That's why we make sure the rehab experience is as effective and valuable as it can be through a combination of staff, experience, expertise and scope of services that are unmatched on the West Coast and the surrounding region.
Since the Rehabilitation Center began treating individuals with spinal cord injuries in 1941, thousands of men, women, adolescents and children have trusted us with their care. Each year an average of 150 people receive inpatient rehab for SCI in a specialized, 30-bed unit dedicated to spinal cord injury care. These high numbers of patients translate directly into more experience across all aspects of rehabilitation, which, in turn, helps create better patient outcomes including much higher than average discharge-to-home statistics and functional gains right after leaving the Rehabilitation Center and over time
The Rehabilitation Center at SCVMC is staffed with more SCI-boarded physicians than any other rehab center on the West Coast. The health professionals who make up our multidisciplinary team of nurses, therapists, social workers, case managers, psychologists, and other physician specialists also have extensive experience and skills in the area of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Having a comprehensive range of specialists across multiple rehab disciplines means we can bring together a team that best meets your specific diagnosis and level of injury. This high degree of personalized involvement, directed to an individual, not a condition, makes up an important part of your care during inpatient rehabilitation and also helps guide your ongoing recovery when you return home.
Rehabilitation Trauma Center: The RTC was designed to meet the very early needs of spinal cord patients in a specialized medically intensive setting that provides expertise in the management of complex medical issues, including respiratory concerns. Because patients can be admitted very early to this ICI-type setting, they are more likely to be successfully weaned from ventilators and are at a reduced risk for pulmonary and skin complications. Family members are encouraged to be present in the RTC as often as they desire.
Women with Disabilities Healthcare Clinic: This specialized resource is designed for women with disabilities to receive routine health care. The Women with Disabilities Health Care Clinic promotes long-term gynecological and general health maintenance for women with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities in a safe and comfortable environment. The clinic has a wheelchair-accessible scale and a pelvic examination table, which can be lowered to allow transfers from a wheelchair level. All staff members at the clinic have the training and the sensitivity to meet the needs of women with disabilities. For more details please call 408 885-5920.
The Peer Support Program:This free resource for individuals with SCI matches current patients with former patients who have faced similar challenges. This peer relationship adds an important level of encouragement and support during rehabilitation and in the community after discharge. Clinical psychologists provide individual and group counseling to both patients and families and a number of speakers join the groups to offer information and share experiences. The program also gives participants the opportunity to network with other members of the SCI community and learn more about local resources and services that are available in their home communities. Issues and concerns frequently discussed include coping, attitudinal barriers, accessibility, referrals, parenting, relationships and intimacy, adaptive technologies and educational and vocational opportunities.
Patient and Family Education: Designed as an ongoing educational series, this program offers guest speakers and other presentations and activities that focus on patient and family concerns and lifetime care following spinal cord injury. Individuals with SCI will have the opportunity to network with other members of the SCI community and will be informed about local resources and services that are available in their community.
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To make an adult or pediatric referral to the Rehabilitation Center please call 408.885.2032 or fax 408.885.2001.
For outpatient referrals, please call 408.885.7106 or fax 408.885.7110.
For either inpatient or outpatient referrals, and to schedule a tour of the Rehabilitation Center, please call 408.885.2032