Inpatient Rehabilitation

State-of-the-Art Rehab Facility in Cape Girardeau

As the leading inpatient rehabilitation facility in the region, Saint Francis’ state-of-the-art, 24-bed unit (23 bed facility with a transition to home apartment) offers comprehensive and coordinated programs in one convenient location for patients with cognitive, physical and functional deficits.

Our program significantly exceeds regional and national outcomes for returning patients back to their community.

Our rehabilitation program averages 90% discharge to community, compared to regional and national averages of 75% and 77%, respectively.

Inpatient Rehab Discharge to Community

Recognitions & Accreditations

Our goal is to enhance every patient’s quality of life through improved health maintenance and effective injury and illness management. Our highly-trained staff provide some of the most advanced approaches to rehabilitation. Together the team and patient establish individualized goals for the best treatment progression as each patient works toward achieving an optimal level of independence and improved health.

Managed Conditions

  • Amputation
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cardiac Injury including Open Heart
  • Critical Myopathy (ie COVID-19)
  • Guillian Barre Syndrome
  • Major Medical
  • Medically Complex Joint Replacements
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Services Available

  • Physical Therapy – Improves mobility and strength
  • Occupational Therapy – Increases independence and quality of life related issues
  • Speech/Language Pathology – Covers a range of deficits including language, cognition, swallowing and voice
  • Rehabilitation Nursing – Improves bowel and bladder management, medication management, wound care and patient education
  • Case Management – Coordinates discharge planning and equipment acquisition
  • Pastoral Care – Provides spiritual and emotional support as well as stress reduction
  • Neuropsychology – Helps to develop coping skills and establish appropriate expectations and modification of lifestyle in accordance with patients’ new physical limitations.
  • Dietitians – Establish guidelines with patients to follow regarding disease specific management of food intake
  • Respiratory Therapists – Help patients counter conditions that affect breathing and provide education to assist them in dealing with chronic disease when they return home.

Specialty Services Covered

Physical and Occupational Therapy

  • Bioness
  • Overhead Lift and LiteGait System
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Lymphedema Management
  • Custom Upper Extremity Splinting
  • Wound Care and Management

Speech/Language Pathology

  • VitalStim Therapy
  • Fiberendoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Modified Barium Swallows (MBS)
  • Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS)

Inpatient Rehabilitation Medical Director

Board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Heidi J. Hunter, MD, is the full-time medical director for Inpatient Rehabilitation. Dr. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical school, and served as Chief Resident at Ohio State University Medical Center. Her clinical interests include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke patients.

For more information on Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, call 573-331-5980.