Organization increases inpatient rehab capacity through partnership at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea

September 15, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

Michigan Medicine is expanding the reach of its Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) expertise through the organization’s joint venture with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC). Today, Sept. 15, SJMC opened the newly-expanded inpatient rehabilitation unit which will increase from an initial six beds to an eventual capacity of 24 beds.

Combined with the transitioning of University Hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation facility on 6A from 32 to 16 beds, the partnership with SJMC will result in an incremental increase of eight beds, for a total of 40 inpatient rehab beds between the two locations.

“This will allow our teams to care for more patients and impact more lives,” said Edward Hurvitz, M.D.. “It will also provide more convenience for our less-complex rehab patients, especially those who may have family in western Washtenaw County.” 

On the new unit at SJMC, Michigan Medicine doctors and neuropsychologists will provide clinical care and physician oversight. PM&R residents will also take rotations in Chelsea.

While the most acute inpatient rehab patient will remain on-site at University Hospital, the new SJMC program will care for patients with the following diagnoses:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injuries
  • Amputation
  • Major trauma
  • Neurological disorders
  • Complicated medical conditions with rehabilitation needs

“We’re excited to launch this program and see where it can go from here,” said John Danko, D.O. “Patients will get the same level of care they expect at University Hospital, while faculty and staff will share best practices between the sites to ensure we are constantly moving health care forward.”

PM&R joins other Michigan Medicine programs and services like family medicine, surgery and urology, who now provide patient care at SJMC as part of the organization’s strategic plan to increase capacity for higher acuity patients on the main medical campus and optimize sites of care for all Michigan Medicine patients.

You can learn more about such programs, including the inpatient heart failure service and hospitalist service.