According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
Strokes, ?Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading
cause of long-term disability in the U.S. There are approximately 4
million Americans living with the effects of stroke. In addition,
there are millions of husbands, wives, children and friends who care
for stroke survivors and whose own lives are personally affected. ? My
research revealed that although this is a very common disease the
treatment and rehabilitation is very individualistic and requires a is
tailored rehabilitation program. Fortunately, there is lots of
information available to help you understand the issues involved, the
likely progress of treatment, rehabilitation and recovery and criteria
to use to evaluate specific programs. I?ve included a collection of
links to help you with these issues.
As you requested, I?ve also found a reputable survey for ranking the
top rehabilitation hospitals. The ranking criteria are clearly defined
in the survey description and are noted for the profile of each
institution rated. The ranking report provides each hospital?s
address, ranking and link to the hospital?s rehabilitation program web
page. From there you can explore each program and use their contact
information links to continue your explorations.
I hope that you find this information helpful. Please don?t hesitate
to ask for clarification if any of this is confusing.
Best wishes for finding a rehabilitation program that will serve your needs.
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STROKE REHABILITATION ? HOSPITAL RANKINGS
Ranked hospitals in this specialty were named by at least 3 percent of
board-certified physicians responding to U.S. News surveys in 2001,
2002, and 2003.
Rank Hospital Reputational score
1 Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 72.2
2 TIRR-The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Houston 42.3
3 University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle 37.7
4 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. 30.7
5 Craig Hospital, Englewood, Colo. 26.7
6 Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, N.J. 26.1
7 Rusk Institute, NYU Medical Center, New York 15.1
8 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia 15.0
9 Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston 14.7
10 Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus 14.2
11 Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, Calif. 13.5
12 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore 12.7
13 National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, D.C. 11.2
14 University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor 9.5
15 Moss Rehabilitation Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia 8.1
16 Shepherd Center, Atlanta 6.6
17 Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York 5.3
18 Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif. 4.4
19 Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia 4.0
20 UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles 3.8
21 New York-Presbyterian Hospital 3.8
22 Cleveland Clinic 3.7
23 University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham 3.3
***** The ranked rehabilitation hospitals are all linked to a summary
page which provides a ranking profile, address and link to the
specific rehabilitation program.
In 13 of the 17 specialties, ranked hospitals initially had to meet
any of three entry standards: membership in the Council of Teaching
Hospitals, affiliation with a medical school, or availability of at
least nine of 17 specified items of medical technology?magnetic
resonance imaging, for example. Those criteria screened out all but
2,072 of the 6,003 hospitals.
The four other specialties (eyes, pediatrics, psychiatry, and
rehabilitation) were treated differently. This is because mortality
data are unavailable in pediatrics and are largely irrelevant in eyes,
psychiatry, and rehabilitation. So hospitals in these specialties are
ranked solely on reputation.
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
345 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
U.S. News Ranking: 1 in Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
One of the most vital aspects of quality of life is independence: the
ability to function physically, think clearly, fulfill
responsibilities and enjoy family and friends. When the disabling
effects of a stroke threaten that independence, stroke survivors can
regain their quality of life through a comprehensive rehabilitation
program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Comprehensive stroke/CVA rehabilitation services are offered at
several RIC locations. For more information, call our Toll Free
Referral and Information Line: 1-800-354-REHAB (7342), or visit the
locations page of our web site.
***** This is the top ranked rehabilitation hospital in the US News
survey. I?m including it to demonstrate how to follow the links from
the US News ratings page to the US News profile and then to the
hospital?s web page for detailed information. You can do this with all
23 hospitals listed in the rankings.
STROKE REHABILITATION ? BACKGROUND, PROGRAM EVALUATION, RESOURCES
NINDS Stroke Information Page
Stroke Rehabilitation Information
Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Fact Sheet
Table of Contents
-- What is post-stroke rehabilitation?
-- What disabilities can result from a stroke?
-- What medical professionals specialize in post-stroke rehabilitation?
-- Where can a stroke patient get rehabilitation?
-- What research is being done?
-- Where can I go for more information?
***** This is an excellent site for reviewing options on the course of
action to take following a stroke and locating an appropriate
rehabilitation institution or program.
How to Choose a Rehabilitation Program
Rehabilitation is a complex process. Many things contribute to its
success. Choosing a rehabilitation program that best suits your needs
is the first step in reaching your goals. The following questions
provide guidelines for making this choice.
1. Does the program specialize in rehabilitation?
2. Does the program provide a continuum of care?
3. Is the program team experienced in your condition?
4. Is the program led by rehabilitation specialists?
5. Has the program demonstrated success in treating your condition?
6. Does the program provide a wide range of services?
7. Are family members involved in the program?
8. How successful is the program in returning patients home?
9. Does the program have medical support?
10. Are there staff technicians who customize equipment?
11. Are research and education components of the program?
12. Is the program a disabled rights advocate?
13. Is the program accredited?
***** This is a list of suggested questions from the number one ranked
Choosing a rehabilitation facility:
Rehabilitation services are provided in many different settings,
including the following:
-- acute care and rehabilitation hospitals
-- subacute facilities
-- long-term care facilities
-- outpatient rehabilitation facilities
-- home health agencies
Dodd Hall consistently ranks amoung the top ten rehabilitation centers
in the country according to U.S. News & World Report's list of
"America's Best Hospitals." It offers the most comprehensive and
efficient treatment available anywhere.
The Internet Stroke Center is a non-profit, educational service of the
Stroke Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University Medical
Center and the Cerebrovascular Diseases Section of the Department of
Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
The Internet Stroke Center exists to advance understanding of stroke
research and clinical care. Our goal is to provide current,
professional, un-biased information about stroke. The information on
this site is obtained from published accounts, meeting presentations,
internet searches, and direct correspondence.
Internet Stroke Center ? Stroke Center Directory
***** This site offers geographic directories for locating stroke
Welcome to the Stroke Information Directory! At SID, we are family
members of stroke survivors who endeavor to assist consumers,
clinicians, and researchers in their quests for online resources.
Select a region, using the clickable map or links below, to find local
facilities that describe their stroke-treatment services online.
(Please note that no endorsement is implied by a facility's listing.)
***** This site offers a wonderful collection of resources for anyone
who is involved with stroke patients. Browse by topic to find relevant
information. The Therapy Articles are of special interest and will
give you insights about how to evaluate rehabilitation options.
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