The Upper Valley Medical Center Rehab team consists of a vast array of individuals committed to the achieving the best outcome for every patient.
Medical Director: The medical director for the inpatient rehabilitation program is certified in the specialty of rehabilitation. The medical director participates in the process to ensure the appropriateness and quality of rehabilitation care and medically-related care.
Nursing: The rehabilitation staff nurse designs and implements treatment strategies that are based on scientific theory related to self-care and that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual health. The goal of rehabilitation nursing is to assist individuals with disability and/or chronic illness attain and maintain maximum function. In addition, a patient care technician (working under the supervision of the registered nurse) is a multi-skilled team member who is able to perform technical and clinical tasks/procedures related to patient care.
Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant: Our physical therapists are experienced and knowledgeable, a majority of whom have a master’s or doctorate degree in physical therapy. In addition, many of our physical therapists have achieved specialty certifications to offer high quality care to produce excellent outcomes. Our physical therapists assistants work closely with our physical therapists to provide an individualized treatment plan. Our physical therapists assistants are skilled, experienced, and dedicated to helping patients reach their goals and maximum potential.
Occupational Therapist/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant: Our occupational therapists are experienced and knowledgeable, some of whom have a master’s degree in occupational therapy. In addition, many of our occupational therapists have achieved specialty certifications to offer the highest quality of care to produce excellent outcomes. Our certified occupational therapist assistants are skilled, experienced, and dedicated to helping patients reach their goals and maximum potential.
Athletic Trainer: Our certified and licensed athletic trainers are responsible for the safety and well-being of the athletes from 12 area schools and Edison Community College, as well as athletes participating in community events. Our athletic trainers are trained in emergency management, first aid, injury assessment and treatment, and determining if a referral is needed to seek additional medical attention. By communicating and working with physicians, physical therapists, coaches, athletes and their families, they enhance the continuum of care to get athletes back on the field as quickly and safely as possible.
Speech/Language Pathologist: Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), also called speech and language therapists, or speech therapists, specialize in the evaluation and treatment of language, communication, vocal, speech, cognitive, and swallowing impairments and disorders.
Recreational Therapist: Our recreational therapists work with clients to restore motor, social and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate skills learned in treatment settings. Intervention areas vary widely and are based upon client interests. Recreational therapists provide a treatment designed to restore, remediate independence in life activities, promote health and wellness, and reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.
Neuropsychology: Upper Valley Medical Center’s neuropsychologist provides neuropsychological and psychological assessment/testing and interpretation, psychological service intervention including counseling services, consultation, and recommendations for ongoing psychological support.
Content Updated: December 1, 2014