McLaren Flint opens new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit featuring SafeGait

FLINT – An entire floor at McLaren Flint has been transformed into an innovative and attractive setting, all to benefit medical rehabilitation patients at the hospital.

The specialized patient care area welcomed its first patients in October. What was a 12 bed unit, has grown to 22 beds including 16 private rooms. Among the new features are large and small living centers, and therapy gyms, ceiling lifts, and a guest living area. It also boasts a state-of-the-art nurse call system and the SafeGait ambulation system. McLaren Flint is only the second hospital in Michigan to offer second hospital in Michigan to offer this technology. The SafeGait system allows patients with stroke and other diagnoses to walk sooner.

“An inpatient rehabilitation unit is a very special place,” said Lori Walters, Director of Rehabilitative Services and Diagnostic Imaging at McLaren Flint. “It is the bridge from a tragic injury or illness such as a stroke to independence. McLaren’s new unit not only allows us to serve more people who need the help before they go home but it also gives us the latest in technology with the SafeGait system. Patients who could not, or would not walk for months, are safely up in the SafeGait system days after their injury or illness. This will improve their recovery time tremendously.”

Patients on the unit are recovering from diagnosis that may include a severe illness, surgery, accident, or brain injury, including stroke. The highly experienced care team consists of physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and assistants, speech-language pathologists, as well as a social worker.

The need for an expanded unit came into play when the McLaren Stroke Network was launched in 2016. The system wide network features telemedicine technology to connect emergency rooms at nine McLaren locations with specialized interventional neurologists who can provide advanced therapies for patients with strokes and aneurysms. McLaren Flint is one of two hospitals in the McLaren system that perform these neuro interventions.

McLaren Flint is also the first hospital in Genesee County to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalĀ® and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Heart- Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. – G.G.

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