Contessa's Story

Contessa "Tess" Siders suffered a stroke at home on Sept. 25, 2014. In just six weeks at Madonna, she regained movement in her arm, passed her driving evaluation and transitioned from using a wheelchair to using a cane. She has returned to her community and founded a local stroke support group.
Contessa Siders

Contessa Siders


Madonna's Stroke Rehabilitation Program provides comprehensive programming for adults and children with all types of strokes in each stage of recovery while establishing a lifelong partnership for the patient and family to turn to when needed. Our goal is to help patients become as independent as possible.

On-Site Care

Patients in the acute rehabilitation level of care will be seen daily by a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in rehabilitation, and as needed by physicians with other medical specialties, such as internal medicine and pulmonology. Patients in the Madonna Rehabilitation Specialty Hospital (also known as LTCH) will be seen daily by an internal medicine physician, and as needed by physicians with other medical specialties such as pulmonology, neurology and physiatry.

Registered nurses with rehabilitation training and experience are on staff at all times to care for patients. Madonna’s rehabilitation nursing model supports a 24/7 rehabilitation approach allowing patients additional opportunities to practice daily skills learned and supported by therapy throughout their rehabilitation stay

Madonna staffs licensed respiratory care practitioners at all times. Our respiratory therapists are able to provide arterial blood gas (ABG) services. Pulmonologists can perform bronchoscopies on-site with help from the respiratory team.

A stroke can cause complications or lead to additional conditions. Our patients are assessed and receive treatment that meets their individual needs.  The risk for recurrent stroke is also addressed

Patients and their family members or caregivers learn how to prevent strokes, the signs and symptoms of a stroke and risk factors for recurrent stroke.

Rehabilitation is not just about regaining basic skills of self-care and mobility. The ability to resume one’s life role and reintegrate back into the community is a very important component. Madonna integrates a variety of community re-entry, recreational, leisure, and adaptive sports and recreation opportunities into the rehabilitation process. Patients may also work on specific goals related to returning to work, school or driving during their rehabilitation stay.

Madonna provides a full range of inpatient pharmacy services, including medication distribution, patient education, and clinical/dosing services.

Madonna is able to provide radiology services that include X-ray, ultrasound, echocardiogram, venous doppler, arterial doppler, Holter monitor, sleep study and electroencephalogram (EEG).

Madonna's in-house laboratory provides anticoagulation, hematology, chemistry, therapeutic drug level testing and urine analysis services with results available the same day in most cases.

Madonna has registered dietitians and licensed medical nutrition therapists who are part of the care team and ensure the patient's individualized nutrition plan is met.

Neuropsychologists and rehabilitation counselors are an integral part of rehabilitation at Madonna. They provide a variety of services, including neuropsychological assessment, adjustment counseling, pain management, family therapy, concussion or mild brain injury evaluation, memory testing, dementia evaluation, neurofeedback, biofeedback, behavioral management and psychoeducation.

Assistive Technology Professional certified therapists provide seating and positioning evaluations for patients who require the use of a wheelchair for mobility.

Madonna is committed to meet all the needs of its patients--physical, spiritual and emotional. A spiritual care professional is a member of and consults with the care team. The chapel, the heart and soul of Madonna, is there to nurture faith and hope during times of crisis.

Madonna’s stroke patients and their caregivers are provided with a self-care training program based upon principles of self-advocacy and self-direction. Patients are taught how to direct their care and what to do if emergencies arise. They are provided opportunities to practice these skills during their stay, ending with a two-night stay in Madonna’s transitional living apartment. This apartment is located on the unit, with easy access to medical staff if needed, with the expectation that a family member or caregiver will assist with personal care required during their stay. The patient will direct his or her care and independently follow a therapy schedule. In addition, Madonna provides a two-week, daily stroke education class that covers a variety of stroke-related topics for all patients, family members and caregivers.

Program Highlights

Rehabilitation for stroke patients includes other specialized services that promote regaining the highest level of independence: 

Additional Programs and Services

Madonna offers specialized services that focus on real-life skills to help people achieve their greatest level of independence and get back to their families, work, community and activities.

Awards and Accreditations

View a list of awards and accreditations that demonstrate our commitment to providing the best quality of care for our patients.  

State-of-the-art Technology

As a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, Madonna has some of the most advanced rehabilitation technology available.

Stroke Online Resources

The amount of information available about stroke can be overwhelming.  Madonna coordinates with local, regional and national organizations to help patients find the most helpful online resources.

Patient Stories

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