Today in PT Lakeland

Jill E. Haladay, PT, DPT, MPH, GCS, director/chief rehabilitation officer at Lakeland Regional Medical Center

Editor’s note: This post is brought to you by Lakeland Regional Health Systems.

Hello, PTs, PTAs, faculty, researchers, interprofessional team members and any other interested parties!

I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about a brand new 32-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility that is being built at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla., which will begin accepting patients in August 2015.

Where is Lakeland, Fla.?
Lakeland is located between Tampa and Orlando in Polk County. On a map, that means we have Disney World to the right, Busch Gardens and Tropicana Field to the left, and beautiful beaches within a couple of hours in either direction.

What can you tell me about Lakeland Regional Health Systems?
Lakeland Regional Medical Center is one of the state’s largest hospitals and is the core of Lakeland Regional Health Systems. The 851-bed not-for-profit healthcare facility has served the people of Lakeland and communities across central Florida with the most effective, safe and compassionate care possible for nearly 100 years. Over the past few years, under the leadership of a physical therapist, Elaine Thompson, PhD, PT, CEO and President of Lakeland Regional Health Systems, there has been a renewed effort to partner with the community in health. The provision of inpatient rehabilitation services at the hospital is one of many initiatives to better meet the health needs of the community.

What is so special about another inpatient rehabilitation facility?
The Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine is unique by design, but I’m not going to let the whole cat out of the bag just yet. We have been collaborating with Andrea Behrman, PT, PhD, FAPTA, on the concept, which is based on a recovery philosophy and aims to improve patient outcomes by increasing the intensity of inpatient rehabilitation services. Patients will participate in evidence-based care pathways (CVA and TBI) that will evolve as the evidence evolves, and the facility will offer state-of-the-art technology to enhance patient care, facilitate clinician documentation and improve the patient experience. We are attempting to break down the traditional barriers and silos associated with inpatient rehabilitation services and, quite frankly, this is really a unique opportunity to design a brand-new model of care. This step is just the first in redesigning care across the continuum. The Bannasch Institute also aims to be very active in clinical and systems research in order to contribute to the body of evidence and the greater good.

Are you intrigued?
I hope so. This is the first of several blog entries about the development of the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine. Click here to learn more about LRMC and the Bannasch Institute!

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Jill E. Haladay, PT, DPT, MPH, GCS
Director/Chief Rehabilitation Officer
Lakeland Regional Medical Center