Brain Injury

As the Inland Northwest's only Level I Trauma Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Luke's has been providing care and therapy for people suffering from brain injuries for nearly two decades. Our experienced, interdisciplinary teams of specially-trained rehabilitation professionals offer expertise in a variety of conditions and levels of injury by working with patients and care givers to get people back to their fullest life.    

The staff of the Brain Injury program believes in providing services through a patient centered model of care, which respects the needs, wants and desires of the patient and recognizes the patient's diversity and unique, individual characteristics. The St. Luke’s team works closely with patients and their family to set goals that help the recovery process. 

Click here to view patient outcomes information for the brain injury program.

Patients Served
 
  • In 2012, St. Luke’s provided rehabilitation services to over 200 patients with a brain injury. The age break-down of the patients are:
      • Age 0-17: 11 patients
      • Age 18-64: 114 patients
      • Age 65+: 92 patients
    • The average St. Luke’s patient with a brain injury is 56 years old.
    • 40% of our patients with a brain injury are female. 60% are male.
    • On average, patients with a brain injury spend 16 days at St. Luke's.
    • Patients come from our referring partner acute hospitals, nursing facilities, insurance case managers and directly from patients requesting to come to St. Luke's.

    Conditions Treated
    The most common conditions St. Luke's treats for patients with a brain injury are:

    • Motor vehicle accidents
    • Brain tumors
    • Falls
    • Sports injuries
    • Gun shot wounds
    • Brain cell death due to low oxygen of the brain

    Hours of Service

    The Brain Injury program offers therapy services 7 days a week and provides nursing care 24 hours a day.  Therapy hours range from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm depending upon the patient needs and treatment plan.  We provide at least three hours of therapy each day over five days or 15 hours per week to make sure each patient has the best care and best possible results to meet their goals. If additional specialty services are needed during a patient's stay, St. Luke's has contracted services for things such as lab services, imaging, etc.

    Care Setting

    Recovering from a brain injury can be difficult for the patient and family/caregivers. The Brain Injury unit offers an environment that is safe and secure. The unit has 24 hour video monitoring, as well as secured and locked doors, to make sure the patient is safe and under proper supervision.  In addition, the program is tailored to the specific needs of the brain injury survivor and their family such as  a low stimulation environment.  Visiting hours are flexible to accommodate individual patient needs.

    Insurances Accepted 

    For a list of participating health insurance plans and government programs, please click here.

    Patient Questions & Answers:

    St. Luke's wants to help patients throughout their stay and after. Here are answers to some often asked questions by our patients and their families.

    1. Is there a support group for brain injury patients?
      Led by the Washington Brain Injury Association - Spokane Chapter, St. Luke’s offers a support group for patients who have suffered a brain injury and for caregivers, family members and friends. Please call 509-340-0786 for meeting times.

    Tell us how we are doing
    St. Luke’s is committed to providing the best rehabilitation care possible for the patients we serve. Your input is needed. Please tell us what other information you would like to know about St. Luke's Brain Injury Program.

    Resources 

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    Click here to view the Brain Injury Association of Washington website.