Stroke survivors benefit most from therapy in a rehab hospital

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Each year, about 700,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke, meaning, on average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds. Stroke kills more than 157,000 people a year, which accounts for nearly one in every 15 deaths. It is the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.

Research shows that stroke survivors who receive comprehensive rehabilitation in hospitals such as Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital are more likely to return to their home, work, school or active retirement.

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital provides stroke survivors distinct advantages and differences in level of care as compared to nursing homes and assisted living centers. Specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, a physician leads a highly-qualified team of nurses and therapists to provide a coordinated program of rehabilitative care.

“Stroke does not have to be a permanent, life-ending event,” said Dr. Scott Craig, medical director of Van Matre. “Rehabilitation teaches stroke survivors how to change, relearn or redefine the way they live. It also gives them the capability and confidence to return and continue their daily activities.”

Rehabilitation hospitals offer a more intense regimen and higher level of care such as greater physician involvement and therapy time to help patients progress more quickly and achieve their maximum potential. Van Matre also has the cutting edge facilities and latest technology to make these dramatic differences in the lives of stroke victims.

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that provides a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions. The hospital is at 950 S. Mulford Rd. in Rockford and is the only rehab hospital in the region. Its inpatient programs are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

from the May 23-29, 2007, issue

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