Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville announced the successful re-opening of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit under the medical directorship of Dr. James Donley.
Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville temporarily halted operations of the ARU in 2020 because the space and staff were needed to address the urgent needs of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the number of hospitalizations have decreased for Covid-19 positive patients and the need for ARU services remain, the decision to re-open the unit was made. They accepted their first patients in early August.
“Our patients and community have a need for the services we can provide in acute rehabilitation,” stated hospital president Robert Ramey. “We are happy to be able to provide this level of care that will allow these patients to heal close to home and family.”
Dr. James Donley has been a member of our medical staff for a number of years as an orthopedic surgeon and is excited to return as the medical director of the unit. “Our interdisciplinary team will work together to provide a full range of acute rehabilitation services,” stated Dr. Donley. “A comprehensive plan of care is custom-tailored to each patient's specific needs to help them regain function or skills lost due to injury or disability.”
Some of the more common injuries and illnesses treated on the ARU include CVA-stroke, spinal cord injury, congenital deformity, amputation, major multiple trauma, hip fracture, brain injury, arthritis, neurological disorders such as MS, Muscular Dystrophy, and Parkinson's as well as burns.
To receive care on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, a primary care provider will make a referral for a rehab evaluation. A review of the patient’s medical history, previous level of function, motivation status and rehab potential will be completed to determine if the ARU is the most appropriate treatment environment.
“Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville is committed to helping each patient return to their most productive and fulfilled life possible,” added Donley.
For more information on the services of the ARU, talk to your Baptist Health Deaconess primary care physician.