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Bryn Mawr Rehab Set to Expand

The hospital plans to open a new outpatient center focusing on neurological disorders.

Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from a press release issued by , part of the Main Line Health System.

Malvern, PA Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is growing and expanding its programs and services.

The Malvern-based hospital began a major renovation and expansion at its acute rehabilitation facility on Paoli Pike [in late January]. When completed, the new Comprehensive Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Center will expand the treatment area by 33 percent and will be dedicated to treating individuals recovering from strokes, brain injuries and other neurological disorders.

“Our new center will be the first of its kind in the region dedicated to patients with complex neurologic injuries and illnesses,” said Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital President Donna M. Phillips. “We continue to see a marked increase in the number of people we treat who require complex and intensive physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Our new comprehensive center will utilize state-of-the-art technology to complement our physical and cognitive rehabilitation programs so that our patients can achieve the highest level of independence possible.”

The new center will feature a Vestibular Rehabilitation Suite dedicated to enhancing balance, strength and endurance and a Visual Perception Suite designed for individuals recovering from concussion. “As we continue to grow and expand our services, we are making a solid investment in technology and the latest equipment available that can provide our patients with the highest level of care possible in a convenient, comfortable setting,” noted Phillips.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital will incorporate the Smart EquiTest® to assess balance control and posture stability. The hospital also will add the Neuro-Vision Rehabilitator™ that incorporates Wii™ remotes and sensors to enhance auditory, balance and visual/motor abilities and its third Dynavision™ device to address the growing number of patients being treated for concussion symptoms.

 “We have seen a steady and significant increase in the number of patients we treat each year with neurological injuries or illnesses, including post-concussion syndrome,” said Phillips, noting that the number of patient visits grew by more than 35 percent in the past year. “Our state-of-the-art center will benefit the community by addressing the growing demand for outpatient rehabilitation services dedicated to neurologic injuries and illnesses.”

In addition to the new program at the Malvern location, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital will help the Main Line Health Outpatient Rehab Network expand into West Chester.  The new outpatient center will open at 1060 Andrew Drive in West Chester and will include 5,200 square feet of space dedicated to physical and cognitive rehabilitation. “Construction is underway at our new West Chester location and we anticipate opening our new site in April,” said Robert Cullen, Administrative Director of Outpatient Services.

The West Chester outpatient center will provide physical, occupational and speech therapy services, along with vestibular rehabilitation, pre-joint replacement programs and sports injury rehabilitation. “The Main Line Health Outpatient Rehab Network brings the highest quality physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients in the convenience and comfort of their own neighborhoods,” said Cullen.

marion1 February 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Having a vestibular lab for balance rehab will be a huge benefit for the area. We had to go to U Penn for their vestibular rehab. Not very convenient....let alone the extra travel time can be difficult for the patient with the balance problems.

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