The mission of the Rehabilitation Program at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services, as part of the continuum of care within the hospital, to maximize our patient's quality of life and level of function.

As a vital link between acute care, transitional care and home health services, our rehabilitation program continually strives to meet the needs of our patents and their families through:

  • individualized interdisciplinary assessment, diagnosis, treatment and education for the patient and family; 
  • a compassionate and healing environment; 
  • a coordinated team approach; 
  • referral to appropriate community resources; and 
  • effective research-based practices

Under the leadership of medical director C. George Kevorkian, MD, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center rehabilitation boasts a multidisciplinary staff of medical professionals who work in state-of-the-art facilities to provide unparalleled care to our patients.

Treatment Options
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists ensures that our patients receive the most current and effective treatments available. Our physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, and dietitians work together to design and implement rehabilitation programs for each patient.

Our rehabilitation program's goal for all our patients is to optimize their functionality and get them back to having an enjoyable lifestyle. To achieve that goal, we have experts who specialize in:

  • Physical therapy, to restore movement and strength to different parts of the body.
  • Occupational therapy, to help patients resume activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing.
  • Speech therapy, to assist patients in correcting speech and swallowing problems caused by stroke or other conditions.
  • Therapeutic Recreation, to identify recreational activities that patients enjoy, such as gardening, playing games, or creating crafts.

These treatment therapies are designed into programs meeting patient's individualized needs.

Success of Our Treatment Programs

The functional status of our patients is measured using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM TM). Our program uses FIM to gauge the effectiveness of our program (outcomes) and the progress of each individual patient. We are constantly looking for trends and patterns in the care we provide and analyzing the data for ways to improve our program.

Another key measurement of our program is customer satisfaction. Based on results from outside customer service evaluations, our rehabilitation services consistently outpace similar programs at comparably sized hospitals. We remain alert to and respond to comments made to us by current and former patients who return to the unit to visit and "show off" their functional skills and abilities.

Specialty Areas

Patients requiring inpatient rehabilitation services come to us recovering from surgical and medical conditions. The most common types of patient conditions seen by the rehabilitation team are total joint replacement, stroke, and cardiovascular surgery. Other patients are treated for pulmonary conditions, amputation and various neurological disorders. 

Staff

  • Our rehabilitation team combines experts from a variety of fields who work together to meet our patients' needs.
  • Our medical director is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and electrodiagnostic medicine; he oversees a team of physicians experienced in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • Our inpatients have access to high-quality nursing care 24-hours a day.
  • Our licensed physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapists work closely with patients and families to help restore maximum functionality.
  • Each patient has access to a case manager and social worker.
  • Our dietitians make sure that our patients' nutrition and dietary needs are met to help speed recovery.
  • Chaplains are available to provide spiritual guidance, emotional support, or visitation.

Patients also benefit from the entire range of specialists at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (such as cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, and respiratory therapists) who can be called in to consult as needed. Other hospital services available to our patients and their families are international patient services, translation services, an on-site laundry facility, valet parking, and a patient/family library.

Facilities

Our 24-bed inpatient unit, located within Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, offers all private rooms and close proximity to a gym and a dining room. Our medical staff employs the latest technology for day-to-day patient care. Care Manager, a computerized medical record documentation system, is used to document different parts of the care process such as medications, fluids, and vital signs.