The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Wyckoff Height Medical Center is committed to provided quality rehabilitation services all patients.
Scope of Care: (Patient Population Served)
Physical/Hand/Speech Therapy Services are provided to patients of all ages in both inpatient and ambulatory settings at all acuity levels. In-patient services are provided to all patients in the facility as warranted or so ordered. Treatments are provided at the bedside and in the 3rd floor P.T. gym as needed. Ambulatory services are provided in the 3rd floor Physical/Hand-OT Therapy areas/Speech Therapy office.
Description and Goals of Physical Therapy Hand Therapy/Speech/Language Pathology
The practice of physical/hand-ot/speech therapy is defined by the hospital's mission and corporate values, the division's philosophy and objectives, a variety of policies, job descriptions, procedures and guidelines as well as State regulations.
Physical and Hand Therapy are forms of health care that prevent, identify, correct, and alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunction of anatomic or physiologic origin. The primary objective of physical, hand and speech therapy is to promote optimum human health and function.
Speech/Language Pathology is a form of health care that prevents, identifies, corrects and alleviates speech, language, cognitive, voice and/or swallowing disorders. The primary objectives of speech/ language pathology are to promote optimum human communication and swallowing function.
Physical/Hand-OT/Speech Therapy encompass areas of specialized competence and includes the development of new principles and applications to more effectively meet existing and emerging health needs.
The Physical Therapist performs tests and measurements that provide information about the status of the musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, cardiovascular systems and the patient's functional independence level.
The Hand-Occupational Therapist performs tests and measurements that provide information about the status of the hand, fingers, upper extremity concerning ROM, muscle strength, sensation, coordination and function. Splint fabrication is provided on an as needed basis.
The Speech Therapist performs tests and measurements that provide information about the status of the receptive/expressive language skills, speech production, vocal quality, cognition and swallowing function.
The physical Therapy Division is comprised of physiatrists, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, an occupational therapist, speech/language pathologists and residents rotating through this division and support staff. The division's budgeted positions are determined annually during the budget preparation period, and are modified when increased volume or new program needs are anticipated.
Physical/Hand Therapy Hours:
Speech Therapy Hours:
External coverage available as needed, for sick time or other unscheduled leave or absence, via contract with a management corporation
Emergency coverage arranged through Director.
Methods Used to Assess and Meet Patients' Care Needs
Upon receipt of physicians' orders for patients in need of physical therapy/hand therapy/speech/language pathology, a plan of care is initiated by the division. Depending upon the individual patient's need, a referral is made to Physical/Hand/Speech Therapy. All referrals for these services will be completed within 24 hours from receipt of Physiatry orders and therapy services are provided within 48 hours. The plan of care includes assessment, program planning, treatment, patient/family education, and discharge planning across the continuum of care. The plan is revised as indicated by changes in the patient/family condition and situation. Through collaboration with other members of the health care team, the rehabilitation goals are incorporated into the overall plan of care. Goals are modified with input from the interdisciplinary team, patient and family.
Patient care assignments are made by the Divisional and/or Clinical Director based on the patient/family needs and the competency and skill level of available staff. Licensed physical, occupational, and speech therapists provide care to patients. Certified physical therapy assistants provide care to patients under the supervision of licensed therapists.
Rehabilitation Aides support physical/hand/speech therapists and physical therapy assistants in providing care to patients.
Extent to Which Care Provided Meets Patients’ Needs
The quality of patient care is monitored on a regular basis through the division's Continuous Quality Assessment and Improvement Plan as well as routine chart audits. Indicators which measure various components of patient-focused and organizational functions, as defined by The Joint Commission, are used to assess current performance and improve patient care.
Justification for continued rehabilitation care shall require either evidence of problems necessitating active treatment or evidence of observed or expected improvement in functional ability.
Aruna Thyagraj, MD
Director, Clinical Therapeutic Services
Tel: (718) 963-7656