Rehabilitation is a Team Effort
At Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, specialists in all areas of rehabilitation will guide and teach you and your family members or caregivers on the best practices for recovery.
You and your family members or caregivers are the most important team members, and their involvement is essential to setting and meeting your goals.
You and your family also will discuss with your team concerns, desires and needs.
Spalding Team Members
- Case Managers act as a resource for you and your family members, coordinating many aspects of care that include education, team conferences, communication with insurance companies and discharge planning. They also function as the patient representative and are available to address any other questions that arise during your rehabilitation stay.
- Consulting Physicians may be asked to consult, recommend or treat patients depending on other injuries or circumstances unique to each patient. These may be specialists in pulmonary disease, orthopedics, cardiovascular problems, gastroenterology or other areas.
- Dietitians review your nutritional needs and provide nutritional education and counseling.
- Neuropsychologists support and educate you and your family members so you are better able to deal with life changes. A neuropsychologist specializes in brain-behavior relationships and administers a series of tests to evaluate a person's cognitive, emotional, intellectual and academic/vocational skills. Their role on the rehabilitation team is to assist in the identification of intact and problematic cognitive, social and emotional skills. The neuropsychologist also provides supportive psychotherapy.
- Occupational Therapists assist you in improving strength and coordination, regaining independence in normal activities of daily living and achieving skills so you can return home and to work.
- Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in rehabilitative medicine. The physiatrist manages medical care, directs the rehabilitation team and consults with other physicians regarding patient care.
- Physical Therapists help you regain strength, balance, coordination and endurance so you can walk, climb stairs, use a wheelchair and manage other physical activities that enhance your mobility.
- Physician Assistants work directly with the physician to coordinate and manage treatment and care. This includes medication management, communication with patients and families, implementation of team directives and discharge planning and follow-up.
- Rehabilitation Nurses work closely with physicians and the rehabilitation team to respond to your medical nursing and therapy needs. Rehabilitation nurses also assist with skin management, bowel and bladder training and other self-care skills as needed.
- Rehabilitation Psychologists apply psychological knowledge and understanding on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The rehabilitation psychologist provides services with the goal of increasing function and reducing disability, activity limitations and societal participation restrictions while also providing supportive psychotherapy.
- Rehabilitation Technicians assist nurses in caring for your medical, nursing and therapy needs.
- Respiratory Therapists help individuals with breathing problems. Programs are individualized to deal with various pulmonary problems such as tracheostomies. Respiratory therapists at Spalding also assist with set up and monitoring of BIPAP and CPAP breathing assist devices.
- The Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital chaplain, in addition to local clergy, provides pastoral care. They offer spiritual and emotional support as you and your family cope with life changes; your own chaplain is always welcome as well.
- Speech-Language Pathologists help you with memory, thinking, swallowing, communication and language skills.
Medical and Administrative Leadership
- Medical Director of Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital
Jill Castro, MD
- Medical Director of the Spalding Unit at P/SL
Rebeca Bierden, DO
- Administrative Director for Spalding Rehabilitation
Shelly Picthall, MBA, BSN, CRRN
- Director of Therapy
Gretchen Miller, OTR