Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation

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The Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program is the only inpatient pediatric rehabilitation program in central and northern Wisconsin servicing children ages 2-18.  Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the inpatient rehabilitation program located within Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and many other services that focus on regaining function and independence.

Regaining function and independence after a debilitating injury or illness is the mission of the inpatient rehab program at Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital so children are able to return home, to school and to the communities they live in.

 

Our Team

The pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program is led by a physician specializing in pediatric rehabilitation and involves the expertise of a team of professionals working with our patients from the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) through discharge.

This team can include:

  • Nurse
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Recreational therapist
  • Child life specialist
  • Music therapist
  • School tutor
  • Case manager
  • Social worker
  • Dietician
  • Chaplains
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Psychology
  • Assistive technology practitioner 

Therapy Gyms and Space

Because our mission is to help children return to their optimum function, the pediatric unit and therapy spaces are designed to provide environments in the hospital that support that goal. Independence Square is a community-designed environment that allows patients to practice what they learn in therapy and apply it in a community setting while still in the hospital. The Snoezelen Room is a safe and non-threatening environment where children enjoy subtle stimulation of the primary senses. Our physical and occupational therapy gyms provide the space needed for state-of-the-art treatment and technology for children.

 

Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat include stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurologic disorders, orthopedic conditions and multiple trauma, and many others.

Pediatric FAQs

 

WHERE CAN I FIND INPATIENT REHABILITATION SERVICES IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN WISCONSIN?

The only pediatric inpatient rehabilitation facility located in central and northern Wisconsin is located within Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield, WI

HOW CAN I REFER A PATIENT TO THE PEDS INPATIENT REHAB PROGRAM? 

Call the Rehab Services department to connect to admission associates 715-387-7885.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER PEDS INPATIENT REHAB?

Inpatient rehab stays are usually covered by major health insurance programs for those who qualify.  Determination of coverage is made prior to admission.  Financial counselors are available to assist in determining the level of coverage by an individual’s insurance.

WHAT IS CARF ACCREDITATION (COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF REHABILITATION FACILITIES)?

Consumers face a variety of options when deciding what services to use and who should provide them.  Accreditation is a sign of quality and is an important consideration in their decision making.  CARF accredited facilities commit to high quality, patient-focused care that meets international standards. http://www.carf.org/home/

WHAT TYPES OF IMPAIRMENTS/DIAGNOSES ARE ACCEPTED INTO PEDS INPATIENT REHAB? 

Stroke, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurologic Disorder, Orthopedic Conditions, Multiple Trauma, Others…

WHAT ARE CHILD LIFE SERVICES AND WILL MY CHILD RECEIVE THEM? 

The Child Life Program at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Marshfield works closely with families and health care providers to treat the whole child.  It makes every effort to minimize the stressful and potentially negative impacts of hospitalization and to maximize the opportunities for positive and supportive experiences.  Certified Child Life Specialists work with the Occupational, Physical, and Recreational Therapists to plan therapeutic activities that improve fine and gross motor skills while creating opportunities for socialization, self-esteem, and normalcy in the medical setting.  Rehab patients are encouraged to attend daily group activities, Monday through Friday, facilitated by a Certified Child Life Specialist.  For more information follow the link http://ministryhealth.org/SJCH/ChildLife.nws

WHAT IS THE SNOEZELEN ROOM AND CAN MY CHILD USE IT? 

The Snoezelen room is a multi-sensory environment that encourages patients  to “seek out and explore” at their own pace and leisure.  It features a banana swing, bubble tube, changing LED lights, fiber optic lights, relaxation music and much more.  Snoezelen is funded by Children’s Miracle Network and completely free of charge for any patients seeking sensory input, relaxation or pain management.

HOW CAN MSJCH PEDS REHAB HELP MY CHILD TO KEEP UP IN SCHOOL?

When your child begins Pediatric Rehab the Social Worker is consulted to meet with the patient and parents about school. The Social Worker will gather necessary releases and information from the patient and family about the patient’s school and contacts. How does it work?  A teacher through the Marshfield School District Homebound Program is consulted, with parent’s permission, to come to the hospital to meet with the patient, contact the patient’s home school and determine schooling/tutoring needs. 

HOW WILL YOU KNOW MY ASSIGNMENTS?  WILL I HAVE HOMEWORK IN THE HOSPITAL?

        Schoolwork is faxed or e-mailed to the hospital teacher and the patient’s school.  When the patient is ready for discharge the Marshfield teacher updates the patient’s school on the assignments that have been done and the progress that has been made on school work.  The Social Worker will also update the school on any new medical issues that might impact returning to school or require accommodations for your child.

WHAT IS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY? 

Assistive technology (often abbreviated as AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.  This may include specialty wheelchairs that are designed to meet individual patient need, supportive standers, gait trainers, and walkers.  This also may include hand splints and assistive devices for ADLs.  Patients have access to specialty equipment during their rehab stay and families are assisted with obtaining necessary equipment at the time of discharge, specific to their needs.  For more information about Assistive Technology follow the linkwww.atia.org

DOES MSJCH OFFER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY? 

MSJCH has a Certified Assistive Technology Professional on staff and available to the pediatric inpatient rehab program.  The Assistive Technology Certification (ATP) recognizes demonstrated competence in analyzing the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumer’s needs, and providing training in the use of the selected device(s).  For more information about Certified Assistive Technology Professionals follow the link:

www.resna.org/certification

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR MSJCH PEDS INPATIENT REHAB PROGRAM?

Individuals with physical and/or cognitive deficits as a result of trauma or disease processes are candidates for inpatient rehab.

CAN I STAY WITH MY CHILD IN THE HOSPITAL ROOM?

Parents are welcome to stay with their child in the hospital room.  A cot can be provided to accommodate this.  The Ronald McDonald house (http://rmhc-marshfield.org/) is also available for families to stay at while a child is a patient at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

Contact Us

For more information about our program and admissions process:

715.387.7885

fax: 715.389.4071

 
 
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