Team Approach

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute’s interdisciplinary teams of specially-trained rehabilitation professionals offer expertise in a variety of conditions. Our rehabilitation professionals maximize this knowledge and experience by working together to treat the whole person. A patient's care team may include:

Physiatrist
A physiatrist is a physician who specializes in medical rehabilitation. Our exceptional team of physiatrists works directly with patients and their primary care provider to provide the highest quality of care and ensure they are quickly on the road to regaining their fullest life. This group of physicians who specialize in medical rehabilitation offers a vast depth of expertise and many years of combined experience.

Case Manager
Case Managers coordinate all activities involved in patient care. The case manager will assist patients with discharge planning and financial arrangements and provide regular updates on their condition to the insurer and primary care physician.

Nurse
Rehabilitation nurses are specifically trained in medical rehabilitation care and help patients and their family prepare for the changes they will experience and work to reinforce the skills learned in daily therapy sessions.

Therapist(s)
Therapists work with patients on practical, lifestyle, physical and communication skills and functionality to help them return to their highest quality of life.

  • Occupational therapists (OT) work with patients on practical skills such as dressing, cooking and grooming for daily living. Occupational therapists teach individuals how to adapt their home, school or work environment to accomplish daily tasks.
  • Physical therapists (PT) evaluate patients' muscles and how well they bend and move, test balance and work on strength, walking, endurance and flexibility.
  • Speech therapists focus on anything that makes it difficult for patients to communicate. Speech therapists evaluate and work with patients on speech and swallowing as well as memory and other thinking skills including judgment, problem solving, reasoning and attention span.
  • Recreational therapists (RT) work with patients on necessary skills to reintegrate back into the community as well as on practical skills to return to recreation and leisure pursuits.

Dietitian
When patients come to St. Luke's, their primary care physician or physiatrist prescribes a specific diet to meet their individual needs. The nutrition staff explains the diet to the patient and their family to discuss likes and dislikes in order to make meals as appetizing as possible. The nutrition staff and nursing staff also monitor food intake and status during the patient's stay.

Behavior Therapist/Psychologist
The psychology staff helps patients and their families deal with the emotional and interpersonal adjustments to their medical condition and the impact it will have on daily life.

Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory therapists work with patients on issues related to breathing. The therapist works to improve the status of the patient's lungs, preserve the current function related to breathing and teach skills to conserve energy while exercising if breathing is a problem.

Vocational Counselor
Vocational counselors work with patients, family members, schools and/or employers throughout the rehabilitation program to help them return to work or school.