DCH Regional Medical Center
(205) 759-7999 (Director) or (205) 759-7157
The Physical Therapy Department at DCH Regional Medical Center examines and treats patients in the hospital on orders made by their physician. Therapists use appropriate tests and evaluations to set up individualized treatment plans. The goal of physical therapy is to restore function and prevent disability following disease or injury. A number of methods are used to improve circulation, strengthen muscles, encourage return of motion and train, or retrain, an individual to perform the activities of daily living.
The department staffs approximately 45 people. The department's hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Physical therapists and therapy assistants are licensed by the Alabama State Board.
The Physical Therapy Department also provides care to patients at the DCH Wound Healing Center. We offer Pulsavac and ultrasonic wound debridement for a variety of diagnosis.
Our Inpatient Occupational Therapy Department is staffed by three registered Occupational Therapists. The department's hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and evaluations only on Saturday and Sunday. The Occupational Therapy Department works with patients who have neurological, orthopedic and other conditions that affect the ability to function in work, self-care or other activities.
Our Occupational Therapists work with patients on the Stroke, Orthopedic and Intensive Care Units, as well as the Well Baby Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatrics. The department may also serve other areas of the hospital when needed. Each occupational therapist is licensed by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy.
The Speech Therapy Department focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, swallowing, cognitive and voice disorders. Services are provided based on applying the best available research evidence, using expert clinical judgments, and considering clients’ individual preferences and values.
The Speech Language Pathologist develops a treatment plan with the patient and family characterized by the specific individual needs. The overall objective of speech language pathology services is to optimize individuals ability to communicate and swallow, thereby improving quality of life. Our Speech Language Pathologists hold the ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) as well as current state licensure.
The Speech Therapy Department treats patients Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and evaluations only on Saturday and Sunday.