Team Effort. Individualized Care.
Brain injury, whether traumatic or acquired, can take many forms and affect human function in many ways, including memory, physical abilities, cognitive (thinking) abilities, behavior, decision making and more. Within this wide continuum of symptoms and severity, the Rehabilitation Center offers an in-depth and comprehensive program designed to help individuals with brain injury return to the highest level of function and independence possible.
Since the Rehabilitation Center began treating individuals with spinal cord injuries more than forty years ago, thousands of adults, adolescents and children, along with their families, have trusted us with their care. Each year an average of 320 people receives inpatient rehab in a specialized, 32-bed unit dedicated to brain injury care. Because we work with so many patients, we are experienced across all aspects of rehabilitation. This directly helps create better patient outcomes, including much higher than average discharge-to-home rates, and functional gains immediately after leaving the Rehabilitation Center and over time.
IT TAKES A TEAM TO TREAT BRAIN INJURY
The Rehabilitation Center helped pioneer the multidisciplinary team approach to brain injury care and continues to develop innovations and make contributions to the understanding and treatment of brain injury. The team-oriented approach to care is led and coordinated by the largest number of board-certified physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) on the West Coast, along with other physician specialists including neurologists, nurses, therapists, social workers, case managers, psychologists and other health professionals with specialized training in brain injury rehabilitation.
In all cases, throughout the inpatient experience and beyond, the most important members of this team are the individuals with brain injury and their families who are encouraged and supported to take part in every aspect of care.
WE TAKE BRAIN INJURY PERSONALLY
Every brain injury, like the person who sustains it, is unique. That's why we never forget that while there are many different forms of brain injury, there is only one of you. It's also why we direct the full resources of our capabilities, our four decades of experience and our highly skilled, multidisciplinary team toward a completely individualized rehabilitation program for each patient. We also make sure that the rehab and recovery program is flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions during the process. As a result of this highly personalized approach we don't just treat brain injury; we treat the brain injury that affects you and your family.
A PLACE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Our long experience in the area of brain injury rehabilitation has clearly shown how important family and friends can be to the rehabilitation process. Since the time we treated our first patients more than 40 years ago, we have worked hard to provide a very welcoming setting for our patient's "support systems." We closely involve friends and family in support groups, recreational activities and outings, as well as in the rehab process itself, including early goal-setting and frequent team meetings. Because our physician specialists are in-house, not just "on call," they are closely connected to the inpatient program and available and responsive to patients and families. This distinctive level of access on the part of exceptionally talented and dedicated physicians is one of the hallmarks of the rehabilitation experience at SCVMC.
- Accredited by the Joint Commission and certified by Medi-Cal and Medicare.
- Seven accreditations by the Commission of the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for adult and children/adolescent rehabilitation in spinal cord injury, brain injury, and stroke.