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MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital: Creating Hope Through Exceptional Post-Acute Care

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The practice of medicine is keenly focused on finding a cure for a particular illness. But for rehabilitation, there is no remedy. Healthcare providers concentrate on maximizing a patient’s independence to better enjoy daily activities and improve his or her quality of life. 

In the Kansas City metro, look to MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital to offer innovative technologies, advanced therapies, customized treatment plans and coordinated care, moving patients to a high level of functioning capability.

Strong Credentials
“MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital is very people based, and we’re here to serve disease-specific patients, such as stroke, brain injuries, amputee and spinal cord injuries. All of us on staff are passionate about getting our patients to a higher level of functionality so they can return to their lives,” noted Cielo Navato-Dehning, MD, MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital. “We have disease-specific rehabilitation that has been certified as some of the best in the nation, setting us apart from other facilities. It’s not just getting the patient home, but what’s going to happen when they get home. The goal is that they’re productive, feel good about themselves and have hope again.”

Dr. Navato-Dehning has been at MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital since completing her residency at KU in 1996. A highly skilled and hands-on leader, she is board certified in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and acts as the Physician Program Director for MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital’s Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certified Amputee and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Programs. Dr. Navato-Dehning was chosen as Medical Director of the Year for HealthSouth’s Central Region in 2017. HealthSouth is now Encompass Health, MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital’s parent company.

Joint Commission Accredited
The hospital at 5701 West 110th Street, Overland Park, Kansas, is  licensed for 98 beds on an inpatient basis while its outpatient team conducts 710 to 770 therapy sessions every month. Disease-specific support group meetings are also conducted. Its extremely skilled staff focuses on two things: the progress patients make and the outcomes they achieve. Stroke, brain injury, amputee and spinal cord rehabilitation programs at MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital have achieved the coveted Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission. These state-of-the-art standards are the foundation of an evaluation process, helping organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The standards focus on vital patient, individual or resident care and organization functions, essential to providing safe, high-quality care.

“When a patient is being treated by a disease-specific team, patients know all of those on the team share the same passion to take care of the patient to the highest extent possible. These certifications show that we’ve taken special courses and have received certification through extensive testing,” remarked Dr. Navato-Dehning. “We’re a passionate team, highly educated, bringing the newest treatments, innovative technology and programs to address that specific disease.”

Patients at MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital can rely on this talented team to develop an individualized plan for them. The group of board-certified physicians, therapists, nurses, specialists, dieticians, psychologists and more meets weekly to discuss the progress the patient is making in rehabilitation. The overall treatment strategy is thoroughly reviewed against performance improvement plans to determine how the team can go beyond normal standards of care. In fact, the levels of care at MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital rival or surpass those of major cities throughout the United States.

“The care you receive at our facility is at such a high level, you don’t have to travel to a large city,” promised Dr. Navato-Dehning. “We’re local and can meet those levels of care found at large metropolitan centers. Your loved ones will not miss out on anything and will receive the best rehab care in the nation.”

Merger Grows Services
MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital is a part of Encompass Health, recently created with a union between HealthSouth and Encompass Home Health and Hospice. A national leader in post-acute care, Encompass Health offers facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint covering 128 hospitals and 268 home health and hospice locations in 36 states and Puerto Rico, the company is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care across the post-acute range. 

Dr. Dehning adds that the partnership draws upon the strength of the Encompass home health nurses and enables the hospital to grow its outreach in assisting patients to more fully function in their homes and be reintegrated into the community. The ultimate goal is to prevent injury, and with home health, plans can be put into place to ensure safety and medical stability.

If you’re in need of rehabilitation services for your loved one, consider the incredibly experienced staff at MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital. Experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable health care providers, coupled with the use of state-of-the-art equipment, ensure the best individualized care possible. Its warm and inviting facilities will have you feeling like you’re at home so you can get home as soon as possible, functioning to your fullest potential.

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