The Spinal Cord Injury Specialty Program offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital is one of only two facilities in the state to achieve national Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation for the Spinal Cord Injury Specialty Program. Integrated outpatient services provide a continuum of care through Roper Hospital's outpatient rehabilitation therapy services and the one-of-a-kind Center for Spinal Cord Injury.
Our highly skilled interdisciplinary team provides a wide scope of services, expert care and experience with spinal cord injury population. Their proven knowledge and clinical skills help the patient, family and significant others adjust to the profound impact of disability surrounding an injury. Many of our staff serve on local and national committees and provide educational presentations for the advancement of spinal cord injury education and care. Our interdisciplinary team members have specialized training, including:
- The medical director for the Spinal Cord Injury Specialty Program, Dr. David Powell, is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury and brain injury medicine.
- Dr. Jayne Donovan, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury.
- Neurological clinical specialists (NCS)
- Assistive technology professional (ATP) and ASIA certification
- Certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN)
- MSW Certified Case Manager (LMSW) (CCM)
Advanced equipment and resources
- Lite Gait© and Maxi-Sky© to assist with body weight supported gait for retraining of brain pathways.
- FES cycle system
- SMART wheel
- Dedicated gym area with specialized equipment for spinal cord injury.
- Inpatient and outpatient seating clinic to meet specialized needs for custom manual and power wheelchairs. Pressure mapping available for appropriate cushion assessment.
- Each patient receives a detailed spinal cord injury handbook.
- Weekly education classes are offered for both patients and their family/caregiver support system.
- Mentoring support and a peer mentoring program provides ongoing training for patients and their support system with both inpatient and outpatient programs.
- The Spinal Cord Injury Specialty Program is actively involved in the broader spinal cord injury community. Our staff assists with many adaptive sport and spinal cord injury awareness events.
- Community reintegration outings.
- Referrals for continued care in the community-local and regional resources.
- Collaboration with:
- Charleston County Parks and Recreation (CCPRC)
- Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN)
- Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
- South Carolina Spinal Cord Association (SCSCIA)
If you have had a spinal cord injury or are a caregiver and would like to know more about our programs and/or interested in becoming a peer mentor, please contact:
Liz Slaughter OTD, OTR/L
Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator for Roper Rehabilitation Hospital
Emma Chambers, OTR/L, CCDT
Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Roper Hospital
Center for Spinal Cord Injury
Center for Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator