Theresa Specialty Hospital is dedicated to the multidisciplinary team
approach to patient care. Our disciplines include:
knowledgeable, compassionate nursing staff is at the center of our multidisciplinary
team. Superior communication with physicians and other caregivers allows
them to help coordinate the care of a wide array of complex medical
conditions. Our nurses are experienced in the care of patients requiring
advanced infusion (IV) therapy, hemodialysis, ventilator support, telemetry,
cardiac disease, infectious disease management, care of post-operative
complications, pain management, multi-organ failure and a host of other
complex medical needs. With backgrounds in critical care (ICU), emergency
room medicine, acute care and long term care, our nurses bring outstanding
strength and diversity to our patients every day.
ventilator patients are up and walking! Coordinated care between Respiratory
and Physical therapists results in respiratory muscle strengthening
and successful vent weaning. Respiratory Therapy services are available
24/7, providing aerosol therapy, incentive spirometry, chest postural
drainage, aggressive ventilator weaning, BIPAP services and High Flow
oxygen therapy. Our Respiratory Therapists are focused on giving our
patients the best quality of life possible. They work to decrease the
need for supplemental oxygen and continued ventilator support, truly
helping our patients breathe easier.
nurses provide care 7 days a week. This continuity of care means fewer
complications and faster healing rates for our patients. Our dedicated
wound care team includes nutritionists, certified wound care nurses,
physical therapists, infectious disease doctors, surgeons and podiatrists.
Aggressive treatment modalities such as Misonix ultrasound therapy,
negative pressure wound therapy and advanced wound dressings all lead
to wound healing outcomes we are very proud of. Types of wounds treated
include pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, complicated surgical
wounds, necrotizing fasciitis, and vascular ulcers.
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists work with our patients
to achieve as much independence as possible in mobility, personal care,
activities of daily living, swallowing and communication. Our therapists
are teachers as well, educating both patients and caregivers on topics
such as stress and pain management techniques, energy conservation,
joint protection, diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
Therapists also provide acupressure massage and certified lymphedema
management. Our therapists take great pride in helping our patients
regain their independence.
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Recognizing the importance of nutrition in every aspect of the healing
process, we have a full time Registered Dietician on staff. Nutrition
services are tailored to the individual patient through assessments,
consultations and follow-up visits. Nutritional support includes total
parenteral nutrition (TPN), peripheral parenteral nutrition (PPN), lipid infusion and tube feedings (NG, NJ, PEG or PEJ
tubes). We also provide nutritional supplementation for wound healing,
weight and lean body mass maintenance, and to correct vitamin and mineral
deficiencies. A valued member of the interdisciplinary team, our Registered
Dietician attends interdisciplinary meetings to coordinate nutrition
therapy with other disciplines, and provides nutrition education and
diabetic teaching to patients and families to enable good nutrition
practices to continue after discharge.
Case Managers and Social Services are an integral part of our
team oriented approach to patient care. Our case management team begins
coordinating both inpatient needs and smooth discharge planning as soon
as a patient is admitted. Case managers regularly communicate with the
insurance companies to make sure inpatient services as well as those
needed upon discharge are covered. Case managers oversee the interdisciplinary
team meetings to help coordinate the overall care plan for each patient.
In preparation for discharge, case managers work with patients and family
to arrange referrals for home health, or placement at a rehab, skilled
nursing, or long term care facility. And it is our case managers who
coordinates the home delivery of supplies and equipment to ensure a
seamless transition from inpatient services to home care.