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St Vincent Health and RHI Partner on Acute Rehab Unit June 16th, 2012

St.Vincent Health Partners with Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI)
on Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

 INDIANAPOLIS – St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) officials publicly announced a partnership to create the St.Vincent Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit is the result of transitioning the St.Vincent Orthopedic Transitional Care Unit, which functions as a skilled nursing service for post-surgical orthopedic patients to a more intense inpatient acute care rehabilitation unit.

“We have assessed our strengths with the Orthopedic Transitional Care Unit, and looked for ways to enhance processes within our health ministry,” said Kyle DeFur, president of St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. “By partnering with RHI for the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, we will ensure that we maximize our patients’ functional recovery and quality of life.”

The relationship with St.Vincent and Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana began twenty years ago in 1992 when the faith-based health provider collaborated with Methodist Hospital  (IU Health) to build the freestanding rehabilitation hospital. RHI provides a full range of inpatient acute services, and outpatient and vocational rehabilitation services for adults with life changing illness or injury.

Since the community collaboration between the two major healthcare systems, RHI has supported both providers with rehabilitation services.

“The partnership with St. Vincent Indianapolis allows RHI to help additional patients needing acute inpatient rehabilitation on the northside of Indianapolis” said Dan Woloszyn, CEO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.

The St.Vincent Acute Rehabilitation Unit will care for a variety of patients including neurological diagnosis, oncology, trauma, multiple fractures, post-aneurysm and total joint replacement. In addition, patients will receive physical, occupational and speech therapy, onsite pharmacy, radiology and rehabilitative nursing care.

RHI will manage the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, and provide a medical director, program director and clinical liaison. St.Vincent associates from the Orthopedic Transitional Care Unit will join RHI employees in staffing the Acute Rehabilitation Unit.

About Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is community collaboration between Indiana University Health and St. Vincent Health.  RHI offers a full range of inpatient acute services and outpatient and vocational rehabilitation services for adults with life-changing illness and injuries in brain injury, spinal cord, stroke, amputation, orthopedic conditions, neuromuscular disease, burns and related disabilities. For more information, visit www.rhin.com.

 About St. Vincent Health
St. Vincent Health is a nonprofit, spiritually-centered health system, sponsored by Ascension Health of St. Louis, MO., the largest Catholic health system. St. Vincent Health is one of Indiana’s largest employers with 20 health ministry’s serving 47 counties in central Indiana. The 130-year-old health system delivers high quality, compassionate care in service areas such as cardiovascular, women’s, children’s, neurosciences, cancer care, orthopedics, bariatric, primary care, emergency medicine, imaging, general surgery and long-term acute care. For more information, visit www.stvincent.org.