Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation has a long history of leading-edge rehabilitation care. We helped pioneer the interdisciplinary team model that has become a national standard for rehabilitation programs. Our innovative research efforts continue to bring new technology, therapies and protocols to our patients. Backed by these resources, our care team brings together a diverse range of skills and experience for the single purpose of helping to rebuild lives following serious and often catastrophic injury and illness.
As a basic part of that goal, we believe that the uniqueness of each patient is best served by an equally unique approach to care. This belief is built into the highly personalized care plans that help direct the rehabilitation of each patient. It’s also part of an approach in which the team of physiatrists, other physician specialists, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers, and case managers provide consistency during the rehabilitation along with the flexibility to quickly change personnel and resources as the patient’s needs change within the recovery process.
On the most basic level, the highly individualized focus on each patient means that we’re not just treating brain injury, spinal cord injury or stroke; we are caring for the specific person and family affected by the condition.
ACUTE REHABILITATION NURSING
The 76-bed Rehabilitation Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is a highly specialized unit within this acute care hospital. The Rehabilitation Center is made up of three separate and mutually supporting units devoted to the care of catastrophic injury patients. Rehabilitation nursing at SCVMC provides an opportunity to participate in the whole spectrum of rehabilitation nursing including spinal cord injury, brain injury, respiratory injury, stroke, burn and general rehabilitation.
BRAIN INJURY UNIT
The Brain Injury Unit is a 32-bed unit with patients who may have sustained brain injuries, strokes or other neuromuscular disorders as well as medical-surgical conditions requiring rehabilitation. Nurses on the Brain Injury Unit work in a challenging and rewarding environment that requires strong interpersonal communication skills, organizational skills, and an emphasis in teamwork. Nurses work closely with the interdisciplinary team to help the patient reach their individualized goals and discharge back to the community. A professional nurse on this unit has a crucial role in providing compassionate comprehensive care, as well as essential caregiver education the patient will require upon discharge.
RESPIRATORY REHABILITATION UNIT
The Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit is a 10-bed acute pulmonary care unit for patients with acute spinal cord and/or brain injuries. Many of these patients come to this unit within hours after their injury. This unit is very innovative and the only one of its kind in the Western US.
SPINAL CORD INJURY UNIT
The Spinal Cord Injury Unit is a 22-bed unit providing comprehensive support for the emotional and physical needs of patients with acute spinal cord injuries. The unit also includes a four-bed ventilator-dependent quadriplegic unit (VDQ), one of the very few in the United States. These patients include a high percentage of young, motivated people who expect to return to their communities as independent as possible. The staff here works to help rebuild family dynamics during the first critical months following an injury.
Each year, an average of 150-200 people receive inpatient rehab for SCI in our specialized 22-bed unit that is particularly well-equipped and staffed to care for patients with acute spinal cord injuries, including high-quadriplegic patients. Physiatrists head up the interdisciplinary care teams that include the most SCI-boarded physicians of any rehab center on the West Coast. Our patient satisfaction, discharge-to-community and functional independence outcomes have been awarded for exceeding the national averages for individuals receiving are and treatment. While these patient outcomes reflect the skills and experience of our staff, they also speak to the accomplishments of the people we serve in their journey toward the highest possible levels of productivity, independence and quality of life.