Radius Specialty Hospitals offer an innovative medical behavioral program for patients with medical illness with a cognitive/behavioral/psych component. Patients presenting with dementias (including Alzheimer’s type) and other neuro-degenerative disorders or various psychiatric conditions in combination with medical comorbities such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, or infection will receive:
- Treatment in a secure unit
- Daily psychiatry and psychology services on-site
- Daily internal medicine coverage
- Neuropsychological testing if appropriate
- Behavioral therapy and counseling
- Multidisciplinary team approach
Respiratory therapists are on-site, 24 hours a day and the entire therapy team actively assists patients in ventilator weaning.
Ventilator Care, Ventilator Weaning and Ventilator Rehabilitation
One centerpiece of Radius Specialty Hospitals' medical services is our Ventilator Weaning and Management Program. Patients who have not been able to wean from ventilator dependence in an acute care hospital often see impressive results at Radius: a low rate of complications (such as pneumonia) and successful weaning from a ventilator.
Employing the latest technological advances in assisted ventilation, Radius pulmonologists Martin Joyce-Brady, MD, and Christine Campbell-Reardon, MD oversee the care of patients with serious conditions, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
They lead a dedicated multidisciplinary team of physicians, registered nurses, speech, occupational, and physical therapists, nutritionists and round-the-clock respiratory therapists who have extensive experience in the art and science of ventilator weaning. Dr. Joyce-Brady or Dr. Campbell-Reardon see patients daily and utilize the team to provide aggressive treatment to meet the goal of ventilator weaning. A range of on-site lab, radiology, pharmacy, and speech, occupational and physical therapy services (link to more detailed info on MD side) are employed to help remove obstacles to weaning and monitor and support the patient.
Read more about Radius Specialty Hospital's ventilator weaning strategies (link to M.D. News pdf) and a success story. Or visit Boston University Medical Center's Pulmonary web pages for more information.
Medical Care and Rehabilitation
Radius Specialty Hospital physicians and support staff are expert at providing care and rehabilitation for a variety of patients with conditions that are complex to treat and require an extended hospital stay.
For patients with CHF and other cardiac-related illnesses such as a stable but irregular heartbeat, valve disorder, MI or surgery, Radius aggressively monitors their condition and progress with on-site radiology and laboratory services. A full range of physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapies are combined to help accelerate rehabilitation.
Radius also offers comprehensive nutritional support services, including TPN and PPN, and on-site hemodialysis – and peritoneal dialysis for patients with infections such as osteomyelitis or cellulites, as well as those with post-surgical complication or who are recovering from an amputation.
Wound care is one of Radius Specialty Hospitals’ areas of expertise, and to this end, it has developed a Complex Wound Care Program to apply focused attention on patients with non-healing and slow-to-heal wounds.
Led by a medical team including specialty physicians and a certified wound care specialist, the program offers comprehensive nutritional support, rehabilitation, mobility, and bladder and bowel management services. Teams of physicians and other staff visit all wound patients and confer on their progress and best modes of care.
Radius applies state-of-the-art wound care modalities to foster rapid wound healing. This includes, for example, such important technology as Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC). The goal is rapid wound healing, restoring patients’ independent functionality as quickly as possible, and avoiding wound- related complications.
The Radius Complex Wound Care Program operates in Boston and Quincy. The program at Radius Specialty Hospital – Boston is very convenient for wound care patients who receive their initial care at one of the downtown Boston hospitals.
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy,
Respiratory Care, Speech Therapy
Hospital-level physical, occupational, respiratory care and speech therapy staff motivate and support patients, many of whom receive as much as three times the rehabilitation at Radius that they would receive elsewhere. Therapeutic services are central to Radius’ interdisciplinary team process, which often results in superior patient progress.
Radiusí intensive rehabilitation services are most beneficial to
Stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and trauma
Prolonged hospitalization with weakness/functional loss
- Progressive neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease
Polyarthritis with significant functional decline
Respiratory therapists are on-site, 24 hours a day and the entire
therapy team actively assists patients in ventilator weaning.
Radius monitors patients’ health and rehabilitative progress
with maximum efficiency and minimum delay by performing radiology/imaging
services on-site. Cardiac patients can obtain echocardiograms, EKGs,
and telemetry monitoring. Vascular and abdominal/renal ultrasounds
are also available in-house.
The patient benefits of on-site radiology services are:
- No patient transfer to another facility
- More rapid availability of test and result
- Interpretation by Boston Medical Center radiologist on-site five
days a week
- Team approach to results and care plan
On-site laboratory, pharmacy, dialysis, and IV services add to the
convenient continuum of care at a Radius LTACH.