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Brain Injury Care

Roper Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to offer an inpatient Brain Injury Program that is one of only two in the state to achieve CARF accreditation. Our program serves both Roper St. Francis patients as well as Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) patients in a unique collaboration to meet the needs of this specialized patient population, helping brain injury patients reach the highest level of independence.

Experienced Staff

The program’s medical director, Dr. Douglas McGill, is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with more than 20 years of experience working in the neurologic rehabilitation field. In addition:

  • All team members have specialized training in addressing the needs of the brain injury population, including nurses with Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) certification
  • Therapy staff with advanced certification as Neurological Clinical Specialists
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialists, including a social worker with CBIS certification, and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer, as well as Neuro-IFRAH.
  • Currently 87% of our eligible registered nurses have obtained CRRN (Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse) certification.

Specialty Equipment and Resources

The Brain Injury program uses the most advanced technology and comprehensive supporting resources, including:

  • Lite Gait© and Maxi-Sky© to assist with body weight supported gait for retraining of brain pathways 
  • Bioness L300 Plus, Bioness H200 Wireless, Reo-Go, Dynavision, Interactive Metronome and FES bikes used to develop a therapy program to meet the patient’s individual functional needs
  • Customized Brain Injury educational handbook to address the patient’s specific challenges
  • Weekly Brain Injury education classes help patients’ caregivers better understand the diagnosis and their role in the recovery process.

2016 Patient Statistics

  • 74% of our brain injury patients rated their quality of care as excellent.
  • The average length of stay on the unit is 13 days.
  • 134 patients with a diagnosis of brain injury were seen at our Brain Injury Program.
  • 75% of our brain injury patients return to their home versus another level of care.
  • Patients with brain injury received an average of 3 hours and 45 minutes of therapy 5 days per week.
  • 93% of patients rated satisfaction with goal attainment as excellent to very good.
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