Good Samaritan Rehab Celebrates 30 Years

KEARNEY-The 13-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) at CHI Health Good Samaritan is celebrating 30 years of providing acute physical, occupational and speech therapy. Good Samaritan was the first hospital in the region to offer this type of comprehensive care in a hospital setting.

The community, including former patients and staff, are invited to an open house from 3 until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 on the hospital’s 3rd floor. Participants are asked to enter the hospital through the Emergency entrance, parking lot A. Masking and screening policies will be followed.

In addition to tours of the unit, staff will provide demonstrations of the therapy gym’s newest equipment.

  • The iCare body weight supported system, an intelligently controlled assistive rehabilitation elliptical/treadmill, is the latest advancement in helping stroke and trauma patients regain their ability to walk.
  • The Xcite 2 allows clinicians to initiate and assist limb movement for patients who are unable. The 12 leads of this functional estim system can stimulate a variety of different muscles, simultaneously, restoring movement.

Last fiscal year, the IRU cared for 241 patients – the largest number since it opened in 1992.

"Knowing that our patients and their families can stay close to home, and don’t have to travel for quality care and leading-edge technology, is a real source of pride for our staff," says Shelly Jorges, Inpatient Rehabilitation and Stroke Program coordinator. "As the area’s Primary Stroke Center and designated Level II Trauma Center, our patients can be with us for some time and they become like family. It is such a joy, so fulfilling, to see them regain functional independence and quality of life. We’re celebrating 30 years of those life-changing moments."

The hospital is celebrating the anniversary during National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, Sept. 19-25.

More about Good Samaritan Inpatient Rehabilitation:

Whether following illness or injury, scheduled procedure or trauma, Good Samaritan’s inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services are here to help.

Services are often prescribed for patients who have had strokes, accidents involving back or head injuries, broken bones or disabling disease. A care plan is developed on initial evaluation to work toward the goal of improved functional independence. Treatments including functional training, exercises and modalities are provided to work toward a patient’s goals. We work closely with the patient’s care team to recommend adaptive equipment, functional strategies and future therapy needs.

Rehabilitation services are provided in every unit of the hospital from orthopedics, med/surgical, pediatrics, cardiopulmonary, intensive care and neurology. Patients in our Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit have the highest intensity of therapy provided. Following dismissal from the hospital, patients can continue with their rehabilitation with our outpatient services or home health as appropriate.

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is located on the third floor of Good Samaritan, offering the patient convenience and full access to the numerous physician specialties prepared to treat many types of physical injuries and disorders.

For more information about Inpatient Rehabilitation and/or admission to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, please call (308) 865-7187.