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Outpatient services now available at Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center

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Published on October 30, 2019 with No Comments

Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center is the newest addition to the Community Healthcare System family. A specialty hospital with a focus on inpatient rehabilitation, it represents the first of its kind for the healthcare system. The hospital features a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit on the third and fourth floors with dedicated activity and gym space for therapy.

The unit also houses an area that mimics an apartment for patients to practice the activities of daily living in a supervised setting.

“Studies show that for patients who are recovering from stroke, neurological conditions or joint replacement, intensive inpatient rehabilitation treatment can result in better outcomes with a shorter length of stay,” said Craig Bolda, Administrator, Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center. “The new Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center is packed with advanced technology, new comforts for patients and families and new efficiencies that will enable us to provide enhanced quality care and best outcomes. In this environment, we’ve given every consideration to how we can better serve our patients, and how we can improve their lives and mobility.”

In addition to the inpatient rehabilitation unit, Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center offers a wide scope of outpatient services. The first floor is home to an immediate care center, providing quick treatment for non-life threatening illnesses, bumps and bruises. The first floor also is home to outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy, diagnostic testing services, a clinical laboratory and physician offices.

The facility’s second floor is home to physician offices along with a Women’s Diagnostic Center. The center is dedicated to breast imaging, offering same-day mammography results and additional related testing under the guidance of fellowship-trained and dedicated breast radiologists.

In addition to a variety of medical services providing quality care, the hospital’s landscaping features a healing garden to aid in recovery and promote reflection.

Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center is located at 10215 Broadway in Crown Point. The specialty hospital is part of Community Healthcare System that includes Community Hospital, Munster, St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart and Hartsfield Village continuing care retirement community, Munster.  For more information about Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center and other Community Healthcare System programs and services, visit COMHS.org.

What is a stroke and how does it affect you?

A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or a brain attack, occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted or reduced. Without blood to supply oxygen or nutrients to the brain, cells begin to die off. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and one of the major causes of long-term disability in adults – some 600,000 new stroke cases are reported each year.

Causes of Stroke

There can be many different causes of stroke. Stroke risk factors include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, family history, and old age. Depending on what part of the brain is affected, a stroke may cause loss of memory, speech impairment, reasoning ability, paralysis, coma or death.

Types of Stroke

There are two types of stroke: ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. In addition to these two kinds of stroke, there are also transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), which are known as “mini-strokes.”

Signs of a Stroke

Here are serious, possible symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of your body
  • Loss of speech or trouble talking
  • Sudden loss of vision, particularly in one eye
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Trouble walking, unexplained dizziness, or loss of balance (in conjunction with other symptoms)

Strokes are a medical emergency. If you experience any stroke symptoms, seek immediate medical help by calling 911.

Source: Community Healthcare System – St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave., Hobart. For more information about your health and education health classes visit,  COMHS.org.
The National Stroke Association created the acronym FAST to help people remember the signs of stroke and respond quickly.

F: Face. Does one side of the person’s face droop when asked to smile?
A: Arms. Does the person’s arm drift downward when raised?
S: Speech. Is the person’s speech slurred or unclear?
T: Time. Act fast if you see any of these signs. Call 911.

 

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