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Stroke Program

Stroke occurs when there is a sudden disruption of blood flow to the brain due to a blood vessel blockage or by a ruptured artery. If blood flow is interrupted for more than a few minutes, brain cells die and set off a chain reaction injuring more cells in surrounding areas of the brain. As cells die, basic skills such as speech, self care, mobility, and memory can be impaired or lost.

Stroke is a life-altering event that can take away much of a person’s perceived identity. With a stroke, even the simplest of everyday tasks can become overwhelming and cause high amounts of anxiety. When a person’s ability to communicate and speak effectively is taken away, the person may feel helpless as they try to express fears and frustrations to family and loved ones. At Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation, we understand the importance of treating the whole person as we focus on getting our stroke patients back to life.

An Interdisciplinary Team Approach

Our interdisciplinary rehabilitation team works closely with recovering stroke patients throughout an intensive course of integrated therapy and medical management. The objective is to restore movement, improve speech, teach self care and home care skills and improve cognitive and memory functions. Stroke patients and their families have access to all of the experienced and specially trained professionals and advanced therapeutic procedures available to maximize the individual's recovery. In addition to physicians and nurses, the rehabilitation team may include occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists and social workers. Educational support groups add an important element of assistance and encouragement for patients and their families during their stay and even after the patient's return, home. Often, patients continue their therapy regimen on an outpatient basis after discharge.

Stroke Team Highlights

    • A stroke team that is specially trained for stroke patients
    • Doctors at both Rockville and Takoma Park sites are working with area hospitals to coordinate stroke care for patients
    • An Expressive Writing Group is lead by our social workers and recreational therapy department to allow patients with aphasia and cognitive issues a way to communicate thoughts and feelings
    • Adventist Rehab is participating in several research projects with the NIH Stroke Program
    • Strong affiliation with the Montgomery County Stroke Association for support groups and resources
    • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited program as of 2008
    • Stroke Handbook for patients and caregivers
    • Simulated home environment with use of ADL apartment
    • 20+ nurses with specialty certification in rehab nursing (CRRN)
    • Comprehensive family training and education
    • Therapeutic passes and community outings to assist with community reintegration
    • Home checklist to determine home accessibility needs
    • Continuum of care from Inpatient to Outpatient rehab services

      Stroke Program Outcomes

      Total Patients 111 106 94 116
      Discharge to Sub-Acute (%) 16.22 16.04 13.83 14.66
      Discharge to Acute (%) 09.01 11.32 06.38 08.62
      Discharge to Community (%) 74.77 72.64 79.79 74.14

      At Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation, our goal is get our patients HOME and back to life as quickly as possible.


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