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Rehab Team

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When you receive care at Providence St. Peter Inpatient Rehabilitation, you will be treated by an interdisciplinary team that focuses on the medical and functional issues that affect day-to-day life, addressing physical, cognitive, and emotional factors in order to increase one’s ability to live independently. Out clinical team includes:


A physiatrist is a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation. They will coordinate your medical stay and lead your rehabilitation team. The physiatrist reviews your progress with the interdisciplinary team in order to provide the best care possible.

Rehab Nursing

The nursing staff works closely with your doctor to help manage and prevent problems. The nursing staff includes: registered nurses (RNs), and patient care partners (PCPs).

The nursing staff will ensure a safe environment and provide your daily care: medication management, personal hygiene, bowel and bladder programs. They will help educate you and your caregiver about strokes. They will reinforce the therapy skills that you learn each day. Their goal is to enable you to gradually resume taking care of your own personal care needs independently. 

Care Coordinator

The care coordinator will help you develop a plan to return to the community and will inform you about available community resources. The care coordinator will communicate with your insurance provider and help keep you and your family informed of your progress. They will work closely with your rehab team and doctor to help plan your discharge and follow-up care.

Physical Therapists

Your physical therapists (PTs) will work with you to improve your mobility, strength, endurance, posture, balance and coordination. They will show you and your caregivers how to safely move in bed, transfer in and out of bed, and how to use a wheelchair or walker, if appropriate. Their goal is to restore and maintain a person’s ability to move and do physical tasks. Physical therapy focuses especially on preventing falls.

Occupational Therapists

Your occupational therapists (OTs) will focus on activities of daily living (ADLs): eating, bathing, dressing, cooking, and toileting. They will show you and your caregiver how to use special equipment adapted to your individual needs. In addition, they offer exercises to maximize upper body movement, cognitive abilities and visual-perceptual skills. Their goal is to help patients learn to do day to day living activities as independently as possible.

Speech Therapists

Your speech therapists (STs or SLPs) will work with you on speech, language and thinking skills. If your swallowing was affected, they will recommend the safest types of food and beverages for you, and give you techniques and exercises to improve your swallowing function. Their goal is to maximize communication skills and swallow safety.

Recreational Therapists

Your recreational therapist will use a variety of techniques, including games, sports, arts and crafts, animals, dance and movement, music, computerized activities and community outings to assist with your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Your recreational therapist will help you find information and learn skills you need to get back to leisure and community activities.


A dietician is available to help ensure that you receive adequate nutrition during you rehab stay. Not all rehab patients need a dietician. If the doctor feels you would benefit from a dietician to oversee your diet they will order a consultation.


A neuropsychologist is available for patients who need help adjusting to the emotional or psychological effects of a stroke. They also see patients for cognitive and/or behavioral issues related to brain injury, stroke, or other illnesses. The doctor will order a consultation if they feel the patient would benefit from it or if the patient or family requests a consultation.

Hospital Chaplain

Our chaplains are here to assist you in finding strength and hope during difficult times. They offer respectful, nonjudgmental, confidential support regardless of faith. The chapel is on the 2nd floor of the main hospital. It is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mass is on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and Monday through Thursday at noon. Your own spiritual support is also welcome to visit.