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Spinal Cord Injury System of Care

Roper Rehabilitation Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury System of Care offers inpatient and outpatient services, and is one of only two facilities in the state to achieve national CARF accreditation for this specialized System of Care. Outpatient services are provided at The Center for Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitative Services located on the 6th floor of Roper Hospital.

As part of continuity of care, or System of Care, both our inpatient and outpatient Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitative services include:

Experienced Staff

  • Spinal Cord Injury medical director Dr. David Powell is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation with subspecialty in spinal cord injury.
  • Our staff is specially trained to address the unique needs of patients with spinal cord injury.
  • Our therapy staff members have advanced certification in Neuro-IFRAH, Neuro Developmental Theory (NDT), Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Specialists (SCRS) and CBIS.
  • Currently 87% of our eligible registered nurses have obtained CRRN (Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse) certification.
  • All staff members are encouraged to obtain advanced certifications as available.


Advanced Equipment and Resources

  • Lite Gait© and Maxi-Sky© to assist with body weight supported gait for retraining of brain pathways. 
  • Additional technology available includes Bioness FES bike system, ReWalk Exoskeleton robotic walking system and Bioness systems for hand and foot retraining, each customized to develop a therapy program to meet the patient’s individual functional needs.
  • Each patient receives a detailed spinal cord injury handbook and our staff provides weekly education classes for both patients and their family/friends support system.
  • Roper Rehabilitation Hospital is actively involved in the broader spinal cord injury community and events such as Adaptive Water Ski Clinic and Wheelchair Basketball, with our outpatient therapists assisting in these events and outings planned for our inpatient spinal cord injury patients.
  • Mentoring support and a peer mentoring program provides ongoing training for patients and their support system. 


2016 Inpatient Statistics

  • Average length of stay on the unit is 19 days.
  • 81% of our spinal cord injury patients return to their home versus another level of care.
  • 78 patients with a diagnosis of spinal cord injury were cared for in our program.
  • 88% of patients surveyed rated their quality of care as excellent.
  • Patients received an average of 3 hours and 17 minutes of therapy 5 days per week.
  • 95% of patients rated satisfaction with goal attainment as excellent to very good.


2016 Outpatient Statistics

  • 56 additional patients with a diagnosis of spinal cord injury were seen for intensive outpatient therapy.
  • 15 patients returned to work or a vocational program.
  • Five of our patients returned to school. 
  • 100% of patients surveyed rated their quality of care as excellent.
  • Patients received an average of 1-2 hours of therapy 3-4 times per week.
  • 100% of patients rated satisfaction with goal attainment as very satisfied.
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