Brain traumas (traumatic brain injuries) are serious neurological injuries caused by unexpected situations, such as car accidents.
Many different types of brain tumors exist. Some brain tumors are noncancerous (benign), and some brain tumors are cancerous (malignant). Brain tumors can begin in your brain (primary brain tumors), or cancer can begin in other parts of your body and spread to your brain (secondary, or metastatic, brain tumors).
Minor Brain Injury
Minor brain injury is the temporary disruption of brain functioning due to damage to the brain. Brain injury is considered minor if the injury is not serious enough to require formal rehabilitation and the patient is sent directly home from the Medical Center. Minor brain injury may occur as a result of a sudden violent motion – such as a whiplash injury – without the head actually hitting anything. While a brief loss of consciousness is common, a minor brain injury can occur even without loss of consciousness.
The image-guided system used during brain surgery consists of CT and/or MRI scans to provide a clear picture of the area of the brain the surgeon will operate on. This system is so precise the surgeon does not need to look at the actual brain during surgery but rather the computer on which the mapped brain images are enhanced.
Radiosurgery is the very precise delivery of radiation to the brain to treat tumors and lesions.
Clinics include adult muscular dystrophy, pediatric muscular dystrophy, pediatric neurology and genetics.
Driver evaluation/training helps physically challenged individuals maintain their driving independence by determining proper adaptive driving controls and providing on-the-road training.
Hand therapy offers specialized treatment to patients who have lost range of motion, strength or endurance in their hands or arms due to illness or trauma.
Upon completion of a referral-based hearing assessment, healthcare providers at Saint Francis Medical Center offer suggestions to patients on hearing devices and other treatments.
The Home Health program at Saint Francis Medical Center features caring, highly skilled therapists, nurses and aides who provide various healthcare services to people confined to their homes. Individualized plans of care are developed for qualified patients based on input from physicians, Home Health staff and at-home caregivers.
Various treatments are available to women who suffer from urinary or fecal incontinence.
As the only provider in the region with both a neuropsychologist and a behavioral psychologist on staff, Saint Francis Medical Center provides expert care for patients suffering from emotional/cognitive problems due to bodily injury. Inpatient rehabilitation staff helps patients develop coping skills, establish appropriate expectations and modify their lifestyle in accordance with any physical limitations to maintain a positive outlook on life.
Occupational therapists and assistants at Saint Francis Medical Center are focused on increasing independence and improving quality of life. This involves developing individualized treatment programs for patients to help them reach goals in regard to the social, emotional and physiological effects of illnesses and injuries, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and dementia. Caregivers also assist patients in restoring daily living activities, such as self-care, work and leisure.
The specialized pediatric rehabilitation program supports an interdisciplinary team approach to treating communication, physical, social and behavioral needs. Therapists are experienced at keeping children motivated during therapy sessions.
Through the use of exercises and applications that promote and restore normal function and development, physical therapists and assistants at Saint Francis Medical Center help patients overcome injuries and other physically debilitating conditions.
Respiratory therapists at Saint Francis Medical Center help patients offset conditions and diseases affecting breathing by providing advanced treatments, such as endotracheal intubation, ventilator management, arterial line insertion, high frequency oscillatory ventilation, nitric oxide and heliox (under the direction of a physician). Additionally, respiratory therapists offer aerosolized medication and pulmonary hygiene (breathing exercises, postural drainage and percussion).
Social workers at Saint Francis Medical Center meet with the family members of patients to counsel them in regard to lifestyle changes and connect them to community resources to meet patients’ needs.
Saint Francis Medical Center provides speech evaluations and assessments of language and swallowing, as well as all areas of speech pathology. After an initial assessment is completed, a plan of care is established with input from the patient’s family.
Work Injury Training
Work injury training offers individualized programs and therapies designed to get injured workers back on the job quickly. Therapists use a variety of resources to create a job-specific conditioning program in a simulated work environment.
Saint Francis Medical Center offers patients and their family members access to various support groups related to a variety of conditions and diseases that allow individuals to share feelings and concerns with one another in a safe, non-threatening environment. To contact the head injury support group, call 573–331–5858.