The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is requiring hospitals to meet established criteria as part of the state’s reopening plan. The Springfield Shriners Hospital submitted its Phase 1 attestation on May 29, 2020, its Phase 2 attestation on June 9, 2020, and its Phase 3 attestation on July 8, 2020. The Phase 3 attestation was resubmitted and reaffirmed on November 16, 2020.

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Inpatient rehabilitation

Inpatient rehabilitation

Getting kids back home

When your child has experienced a serious illness or injury, you just want them home. But if they’re unable to do the things they once could, inpatient rehabilitation is often the best next step. At the Springfield Shriners Hospital, you’ll find advanced technology and a team of specialists who understand your child’s need for comfort and support, as well as a unique approach to care that helps children recover and return home faster.

Building on our reputable history of caring for children with complex neuromuscular and skeletal conditions, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield is now home to the only inpatient rehabilitation service available for children and families in Western New England. Children and adolescents, up to age 18, will stay in one of our comfortable, newly appointed rooms, where a parent can stay bedside with their child. Under the supervision of a fellowship-trained pediatric physiatrist, our inpatients will receive a minimum of 15 hours of combined physical, occupational and/or speech therapy per week in a family-centered environment. Using an individualized, developmental and age-appropriate program model, our inpatient rehabilitation team is able to manage medically stable children and adolescents with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multi-trauma
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Pediatric stroke
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Other complex medical or surgical conditions

In addition, patients admitted for inpatient rehabilitation will benefit from state-of-the-art therapy equipment in our rehabilitation department, including a Zero G, a device that can adjust the amount of gravitational support applied on a patient as they move vertically; a ReoAmbulator, which is a robotic mobility device; and upper- and lower-body functional electric stimulation (FES) devices.

Our interdisciplinary team of experienced professionals will guide the rehabilitation process using evidenced-based practice models to increase independence, optimize quality of life, and improve function in the home, school and community.

Team members include:

  • Pediatric physiatrist (medical doctor specializing in rehabilitation)
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Care management/social work
  • Rehabilitation therapists (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology)
  • Child life specialists
  • Nutritionist
  • Certified prosthetists/orthotists

The core components of inpatient rehabilitation include:

  • Recognition that family support is the one constant in a child’s life
  • Facilitation of family support at all levels of care
  • Transparency in communication with families
  • Policies and programs that provide emotional and financial support to families
  • Recognition of individual cultural differences in families
  • Delivery of individualized, age appropriate care along the developmental spectrum
  • Parent-to-parent support
  • Flexible, accessible and responsive delivery of health care

For more information or to make a referral, please call the clinical liaison at 413-386-4581.

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