Last year, Madonna served 631 individuals with brain injury. Unlike any other rehabilitation settings, Madonna has a dedicated unit specifically for those who have had a brain injury and treats more individuals with brain injury each year than other facilities. More than 60 therapists and nurses at Madonna have earned national certifications as brain injury specialists. The doctor who directs your care holds national board certification. You will also have daily interaction with other patients and families who are in a similar situation and can share support.
Hospitals throughout the Midwest refer patients with brain injury to Madonna. Nearly 60% of the inpatients served with brain injury came from areas outside Lincoln because of the expertise in rehabilitation Madonna provides.
Last year, people with brain injury had an average of 3.1 hours of physical, occupational, speech, psychology and/or recreational therapy per day, delivered by a licensed therapist. Many also received respiratory and nutrition therapy.
You will be seen regularly by your physiatrist, a doctor specializing in rehabilitation, and as needed by physicians with other medical specialties. Dr. Morgan LaHolt will be your physiatrist. He is board certified and specializes in the care of persons with brain injury.
Your physician and nursing staff will monitor all of your medical conditions. Madonna has laboratory and radiology services on-site, so most tests are available should you need them, with results in fewer than 24 hours.
Madonna is a hospital with clinical staff on site 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, with Advanced Life Support certification. Madonna has the equipment and processes in place to respond to medical emergencies.
Last year, 8% of individuals with brain injury transferred to acute care hospitals, some of them for planned procedures. This is significantly less than other rehabilitation hospitals in our region (13.4%) and nation (13.6%).
You and your family are the most important people on the rehabilitation team. Family members will be invited to participate in treatment planning and goal setting, family meetings, and education and training sessions. Housing options, support groups and other resources are available.
Individual results vary, but last year, the average patient stay was 31.5 days on the specialized brain injury rehabilitation unit.
While individual results vary, at discharge 128 of 144 (88.9%) individuals with brain injury met their predicted outcomes. At discharge, most individuals with brain injury needed someone to supervise them when caring for themselves and walking or getting around with a wheelchair. It is common for patients who discharge from the brain injury specialty unit to continue to receive therapy services as an outpatient.
Last year, most people (72.2%) were able to return to the community after their inpatient rehab stay. This is higher than other rehabilitation facilities in our region (64.7%) and also higher than the national average (68.7%).
We are proud to report that 98.5% rated their experience as “Excellent” or “Good.” 96.3% agreed they would recommend Madonna to family or friends.
Madonna is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program for inpatients, outpatients, adults and pediatrics. Every three years, the hospital undergoes a rigorous review of our programs to ensure they meet or exceed very high standards of care for our patients.