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Helen Hayes Hospital

Helen Hayes Hospital

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51-55 Route 9W North West Haverstraw, NY 10993


At Helen Hayes Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, patients benefit from a full range of rehabilitative services dedicated to enabling them to resume active, independent lives. Our philosophy is to let the patient be our guide, helping our skilled specialists design an individualized treatment plan to meet the patient’s specific needs and goals.

Each patient receives treatment from an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team under the direction of a board certified physiatrist with a specialty in spinal cord injury. Working collaboratively toward the patient’s goals, the team consists of physical, occupational and speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, psychologists, dieticians and other committed professionals. The team encourages a patient’s family and caregivers to participate in the rehabilitation process through frequent visits and patient/family education and conferences.

Customized Treatment Plan

The strength of the HHH Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program is its capacity to address all of the complex effects of spinal cord injury, including paraplegia and quadriplegia, respiratory disorders, bowel and bladder dysfunction, skin care and wounds and spasticity, as well as emotional and psychological issues related to adjustment to a new way of life. Patients are admitted directly into our specially designed and equipped spinal cord injury unit, which offers round-the-clock monitoring and the capability to care for patients with feeding tubes and ventilators. The acute rehabilitation program provides a full spectrum of services, along with access to highly specialized care and state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

  • Dedicated 24-bed SCI Unit and therapy gym
  • Patient rooms with internet access & environmental controls to maximize patient independence
  • Medical leadership and care provided by a board certified physiatrist with specialty in SCI Medicine
  • Medical consultation services including cardiology, urology, pulmonology, ENT, orthopedics, pain management
  • 24/7 on-site physician/physician extender care
  • Certified Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Physical Therapy to restore mobility & strength
  • Occupational Therapy to restore the activities of daily living
  • Speech Language Therapy including Dysphagia/swallowing therapy, Videoflourscopy, FEES, VitalStim Therapy/E-Stim, speech-breathing/voice therapy with use of Passy-Muir Speaking Valve for patients with tracheostomy tubes and/or on mechanical ventilation
  • State-of-the-art therapeutic equipment including: ReWalk, Vibration Therapy, Bioness, upper extremity FES, RTS 300 FES bicycle, Armeo
  • Assistive technologies/Seating & Mobility Center
  • Body weight supported treadmill training
  • Recreational Therapy Services & Adaptive Sports
  • Ventilator weaning & management/tracheostomy care/Respiratory Therapy
  • In-house Orthotics department including WalkAide
  • Virtual Reality Therapy
  • Psychiatry & Psychology Services
  • Smart Apartment/Activities of Daily Living training
  • Patient & Family Education/ in-house SCI education TV Channel
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Nutrition Education
  • Overnight transitional living apartment
  • Sexual Counseling
  • Case Management & Discharge Planning
  • Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
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Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.
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