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Rehabilitation Pavilion

Rehabilitation Pavilion at Northport Medical Center

Located on the campus of Northport Medical Center
2700 Hospital Drive
Northport, AL 35476

For more than 25 years, the DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion, located on the campus of Northport Medical Center, has been the only hospital-based inpatient physical rehabilitation program in West Alabama. Our rehabilitation experts have a caring spirit while promoting independence and fostering a continuous learning environment for our patients and families. We are committed to treating patients and families as individuals by addressing their personal needs for community re-entry. The delivery of excellent patient care is assured through the support and interdependence of each team member.

The DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion keeps up to date with current treatments and technology. We strive to provide patients with the best comprehensive rehabilitation services needed to return to home, work, and community. Using an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on adjustment, support, education, skill achievement, and reintegration into the community, we offer many specialized services.

Patients admitted to the DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion participate in a physical rehabilitation program while continuing to receive hospital services under close medical supervision. Our patients receive around-the-clock medical monitoring and response by our nursing department. Physicians check-in with patients each day of their stay and consult with other medical specialists as needed. The DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion also has a medical response team that is on-site and available during medical emergencies.

Hospital-Based Program Rehabilitation Program

When admitted to the DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion, you will continue to receive hospital services and close medical supervision while participating in the rehabilitation program. Every patient receives around-the-clock medical monitoring and response by our nursing department. Physicians check in on our patients daily, and our rehabilitation physician consults with other medical specialists as needed. A medical response team is onsite and available during medical emergencies, so there's no waiting for the ambulance.

Independence does not come easily. It comes through weeks of hard work, intensive therapy, and team effort. At the DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion you will be the most important member of that team. Our method of Cooperative Treatment Planning has been in practice for more than 25 years. While you are participating in your rehabilitation program, your rehabilitation team will work together to provide you the education, training, and motivation needed throughout your stay.

As specialists in the field of rehabilitation, we are acutely aware of the impact disabilities and chronic illnesses have on the lives of patients and their families. Ensuring that our patients and their families are active participants in the rehabilitation process means a lasting benefit to the patient, the family and his or her community.

  • Team Conference: A Team Conference will be held with treatment team members each week to discuss your plan of care, goals, progress, and discharge plan. This ensures collaboration and problem solving regarding your specific needs.
  • Family Meetings: Family meetings will be held upon request or as needed to review your goals and progress. The team members are also available to answer your questions or address any concerns that you or your family members may have. The case manager will contact the family to schedule family meetings.
  • Patient/Family Education: Patient/Family Education is an integral part of the rehabilitation program and continues throughout the patients stay. This education will be provided to help you and your family better understand diagnosis, treatments, and what to expect when you return home. Information is provided in a very personal manner and done to help everyone involved with the patient. If your family is not available during the day to be at the hospital, a scheduled family education session can be arranged prior to the day of discharge.

A CVA Educational Class meets 4 days per week. The class is taught by rotating staff specialists. Patients who meet the class criteria are scheduled by the treatment team to attend this group. Each attendee will receive a stroke education booklet. Caregivers are encouraged to attend this class with the patient. The education focuses on warning signs/symptoms of a stroke, stroke prevention, and compensatory strategies.

Facility Services & Equipment

The DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion provides all our patients with the best possible chance of improving functional and physical skills. Our 10,000 square-foot gym is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and plenty of space to practice your mobility. This gym provides an opportunity to practice activities that patients will encounter when they leave the hospital. Our gym is equipped with many features that help patients regain skills.

This equipment includes:

  • An actual vehicle to help patients be as prepared as possible for their travels upon leaving the facility
  • A full-size kitchen with stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and washer/dryer to help improve everyday living skills
  • Other features including stairs, a bedroom and weight machines for strengthening
  • Lite Gait equipment for body weight-supported walking assistance

We use the most current treatments and technology to help our patients regain skills. Some of the resources available to our patients include:

  • Captain's Log cognitive training software
  • VitalStim Swallowing Program
  • A bladder scanner to assist with bladder management
  • Assistive listening devices such as Pocket Talker
  • Driving and evaluation retraining program
  • Nintendo Wii gaming system to help improve visual-perceptual processing, postural control, and functional mobility