The NeuroRehabilitation Center for Stroke at Magee
Stroke affects 500,000 individuals a year and is the leading cause of disability in older adults. Stroke is sometimes referred to as a "Brain Attack" and occurs when there is a sudden disruption of the blood flow to the brain either by blood vessel blockage or a burst artery. Brain cells that are deprived of blood either become damaged or die. Those that die do not regain function and cause disability. The area of the brain that has been affected determines what problems a person has.
We have created an environment at Magee which is safe and comfortable. The Stroke Center is located on the newly renovated fourth-floor and therapy occurs on the same floor as patient rooms. Individuals are transported by their treatment team members promoting communication among staff and reducing travel time and inconvenience.
Magee's Stroke Center is led by a stroke program physician, who is a board certified physiatrist (fiz-ee-ah-trist - specialized rehabilitation physician). This physiatrist leads a team of stroke rehabilitation experts including case managers, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, recreational therapists, registered dietitians and speech therapists.
The stroke rehabilitation program is customized to fit each patient and family. The stroke rehabilitation team works with the patient and the family to identify goals. Then a patient-specific pathway is mapped out.
The benefits of rehabilitation do not stop after a patient has successfully demonstrated improved function and has returned home. Patients may have some form of long-term disability or simply may be of advanced age. These patients often have unique care needs. Magee's Lifetime Follow-Up System of Care provides individuals and families with continued access to a rehabilitation physician and a team of expert rehabilitation professionals. This team provides a variety of services to help patients regain or maintain function, including case management for lifetime rehabilitation care.
Admission to the NeuroRehabilitation Center
Stroke patients may be admitted to Magee's Stroke Rehabilitation Program, either directly from the acute care hospital or from home or any other care setting. For patients in formal care settings (i.e., hospital, nursing home) an evaluation by Magee's clinical outreach staff is required. Clinical evaluations are carried out within 24 hours of the referral phone call. For patients at home, a referral from a primary care physician may be required before an evaluation can take place in Magee's outpatient clinic.
Wendkos Community Center for Stroke Survivors
Magee Rehabilitation is committed to assisting stroke survivors in their return to the community. We understand that rehabilitation does not end once an individual leaves the hospital. A full continuum of services must be available, and there will always be the need to provide community based activities and opportunities for socialization. Community based programs help the person re-enter the world, to learn how to be an active part of society, and to have fun! If re-entry programs are not available for stroke survivors, many become isolated and depressed.
The Wendkos Community Center for Stroke Survivors provides community based education and activities, servicing the re-entry needs of the stroke survivor and the stroke survivor's caregiver. The center is open to the community.
An integral part of the Wendkos Community Center for Stroke Survivors is the Magee Stroke Club. Since 1991 Magee has hosted a stroke club which includes monthly education and socialization for its members, and provides opportunities for organized trips and a newsletter.
Stroke Club meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 11:00 a.m. at Magee. For more information, or to sign up to be on our mailing list, please click here.
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is an innovative, research supported intervention that assists individuals in increasing the functional use of their hemiplegic arm. Click here for more information.
Delaware Valley Stroke Council
The work of Delaware Valley Stroke Council (DVSC) is to improve services for and treatment of stroke survivors and their families. DVSC fulfills this mission by promoting optimal stroke care through advocacy, education, awareness, diagnosis and treatment.
DVSC has always believed that the organization should help provide the best stroke care through a continuum of consumer-driven, community based services. The need to promote and protect such progressive services remains urgent - especially at the local, state and federal levels. Delaware Valley Stroke Council provides leadership in our community in the hope of helping stroke survivors return to productive lives.
Click here to go to the DVSC web page.