PT Technician help teach patients how to safely use a walker

UM Capital Region Health’s Physical Rehabilitation Center (PRC) and Stroke Specialty Program (SSP) are designed to help patients function at home after a traumatic injury or illness. This in-patient program combines physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) on an intensive basis to improve patients’ function, stamina and confidence so they can get back to doing the things they need to do and love to do.

Conditions treated

Our PRC and SSP programs are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and are staffed by board-certified physiatrists and licensed therapists who are specially trained to treat a wide range of patient conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal
    • Amputation
    • Orthopedic
  • Neurological conditions resulting from stroke, brain injury and brain impacting diseases such as:
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Muscular Dystrophy
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • General debility from long term movement restriction or confinement
  • Balance Disorders

Intensive Inpatient Rehabilitation

Our intensive program provides patients PT, OT and SLP for a minimum of three hours a day, up to six days a week. All patients undergo a pre-admission assessment with our dedicated nurse liaison to determine eligibility. On admission, patients are evaluated by a board-certified physiatrist who works with the patient to develop a detailed, personalized care plan, taking into account the patient’s objectives and abilities.

We design the plan to incorporate a wide range of functional targets, including:

  • Maximizing independence
  • Ability to perform daily tasks such as eating, dressing, grooming and bathing
  • Overall mobility, balance and coordination
  • Communication skills (written and oral), speech, language and word recall
  • Improved self-esteem and psychological adjustment
  • Swallowing
  • Memory and judgment

Stroke Specialty Program

Our CARF-accredited Stroke Specialty Program is designed to help patients regain function in affected body parts and retrain muscles to be able to perform the tasks of daily living. Our speech therapists work with stroke patients to regain speaking ability, reduce slurring and improve mental cognition and word recognition.

In addition to CARF accreditation, we are a proud member of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation Network (UMRN) and the National Stroke Association. Our stroke program is listed with the American Stroke Program.

The goal for all our patients is to get them to their highest level of functional independence.

Program duration is determined by the patient’s ability and the evaluating provider’s recommendation, but generally lasts up to three weeks. Extension beyond three weeks may be permitted by the insurance carrier if significant progress is demonstrated and there is a reasonable expectation that further progress can result.

To be considered for the program, a patient must:

  • Be an adult aged 18 or older;
  • Be sufficiently stable in their condition to actively participate in intensive therapy;
  • Require (and be able to tolerate) active and ongoing intervention of multiple therapy disciplines (PT, OT, SLP, prosthetics/orthotic therapy);
  • Require an intensive rehabilitation therapy program generally consisting of three hours of therapy per day for at least five and up to six days per week;
  • Be reasonably expected to actively participate in and significantly benefit from the intensive rehabilitation therapy program;
  • Have a plan for discharge prior to admission.

Patient Satisfaction; Proven Results.

Our goal is to provide our patients excellent care at every encounter. We regularly ask our patients for feedback on their experience while in our care and how their therapies have helped them after discharge. We use a third party surveyor to capture patient feedback and use the results to improve our program. 

We regularly score above 90% patient satisfaction for medical rehabilitation and stroke patients, with 100% of stroke patients stating they would recommend the program and 100% indicating the program improved their ability to care for themselves. In addition, 100% felt that the written educational materials we provide help them after returning home.

Patient outcomes and functional recovery are also key metrics that we monitor. We use the nationally recognized Uniform Data Systems (UDS) to track how our patients improve relative to other rehabilitation programs.  For FY18 and FY19 we exceeded our benchmarks in durability of patient outcomes in the areas of falls, injury from falls, aspiration pneumonia and unplanned medical visits. Our patients routinely demonstrate higher functional independence measures at discharge as compared to regional benchmarks. 

UM Capital Region Heath's CARF-accredited Physical Rehabilitation Center and Stroke Specialty Program are covered by most insurance programs.