St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
To Enhance the Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Program
A Reputation for Excellence
Rebuilding your life after a traumatic injury, severe stroke or damage to the brain or spinal cord takes the absolute in comprehensive care. Each year, nearly 400 of the highest severity patients rely on St. Joe’s –a national leader in the complexity of patient cases we welcome to our program. Our reputation draws patients from throughout Michigan and from other states and countries to receive care at St. Joe’s.
Patients turn to us for leading-edge neuroscience and rehabilitation services and the expertise of our highly trained physicians, nurses, therapists and mental health professionals. The care they provide is underscored by dignity, patience, respect and the importance of family involvement in the healing process.
Help in Re-learning What Was Once Second Nature
The patient’s goal is our goal. Many patients have to re-learn everything from eating and swallowing, to getting dressed, to using a stove. Still others may need to rebuild physical strength, learn how to use a prosthetic limb or re-teach themselves to walk. And, some patients must find solutions for issues ranging from impaired speech to the need to develop new job skills.
Your gift is needed to provide therapies that allow patients to regain the parts of their lives that have been impaired and to learn to adapt to living with different abilities. With funding we can purchase advanced patient equipment not currently available in the program. This technology can help to improve, encourage and hasten patients’ progress in areas such as balance, strength, mobility and speech.
Some examples include:
- The Lite Gait LGI400 ES system is used to physically hold a patient upright while displacing body weight during exercises -- such as using a treadmill – thereby making it easier for the patient to re-learn movements, while the body builds up strength.
- Fiberendoscopic Evaluation Equipment is used to examine critically ill patients’ ability to swallow without the need for time-consuming transport to the imaging center for radiological testing.
- The Bioness L300 system replaces a patient’s natural electric brain signals in order to stimulate muscle tissue and reanimate weak or paralyzed limbs.
The neuroscience rehabilitation program provides fully coordinated care to meet patients’ medical, social, emotional and spiritual needs from initial hospital stay all the way through outpatient follow up care. Support for specialized equipment would assist us in our efforts to help our rehabilitation patients reclaim their abilities and set them on the course for full and healthy lives.