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For All the Right Reasons

 Heartland Health Care May 02, 2014
Submitted by Heartland Health Care Center

For all the right reasons — that is the motto of Heartland Health Care Center in Moline. Our patients stay with us for all the right reasons, as 88 percent of families would recommend our  skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to others.

Nationally, our company has been caring for our communities for over 50 years, and more than 162,000 patients choose us for their post-hospital rehabilitation care, more than 93 percent of our rehab patients are discharged home. Many health centers will meet your requirements, but at Heartland Health Care Center, we strive to surpass them for all the right reasons.

The Medical Team for All the Right Reasons
The medical team at Heartland Health Care Center was chosen because of their knowledge, ability, and commitment to the community. Dr. Hani Horani, the medical director, specializes in internal medicine and diseases that affect the elderly. Dr. Horani performs rounds on his patients at the Unity Point Rock Island campus, ensuring continuity of care from acute to rehabilitation. “I enjoy working with the staff at Heartland Health Care,” says Dr. Horani. “They believe in patient-centered care and are up to the challenges. Heartland makes the patients feel at home.” Dr. Horani practices with Medical Arts Associates in Moline.

Other members of the Heartland Health Care medical team who perform rounds are Dr. Anthony Kwan, who is a consulting physician and practices with Unity Point, and Dr. Khalafallah is affiliated with Unity Point and Illini hospitals, and who is an attending physician and practices in the Medical Arts Group.

Heartland Health Care Center — Satisfying Customers

Heartland was recognized in 2014 for the second year in a row as one of the top 10 centers in the company for overall customer satisfaction. One of our highest scoring areas is our therapy department at 97 percent for “Quality of Rehab” and patients “Achieving Their Therapy Goals” so they feel safe as they prepare to go home. Another area Heartland Health Care achieved high scores in was for their nursing department at 91 percent in the areas of “Quality of Care” provided and “Courtesy and Respect” of the staff toward the patients. “We are very proud of the services we offer to our community and of our staff who are committed to provide excellent care to our patients,” states Vickie J. Toomsen, senior administrator at Heartland Health Care.

Charles, who stayed at Heartland Health Care in 2013, is one of those satisfied customers. “After my hospital stay, I didn’t realize how sick I was, what I would need to recover, or where I should go for help. I was weak, had no appetite, and couldn’t make my body do what it wanted. The staff at Heartland Care’s skilled nursing center helped me set my goals, work toward them each day, and soon I was home and confidently walking my daughter down the aisle.”

Medical and Rehabilitation Services

Heartland Health Care Center is recognized as one of the leading providers of advanced nursing and rehabilitation services in the area. Ninety percent of our patients rate the quality of our rehab services as good or excellent. We offer a combination of professional nursing care, rehabilitation therapies, dietary services, social work, specialized physician services, and discharge planning in order to achieve a safe and successful discharge. At Heartland, we pride ourselves on having a reputation of providing quality. Our admissions team is available 24/7, 365 days to accommodate individual needs for admissions.

Other services provided are:

• Post-surgery recovery
• Orthopedic injuries (fractures), joint replacement, and amputation therapy
• Stroke, neuro-muscular insufficiency, and cardiac-related problems
• Short term stays for respite or rehabilitation
• High intensity physical, occupational, and speech therapies
• Ambulation and gait training
• Skin management

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Heartland Health Care Center uses therapeutic equipment specially designed to effectively treat pain and a wide range of conditions such as orthopedic injuries and neuromuscular dysfunctions. The equipment is similar to equipment used in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities and for treating sports injuries in athletes. Some of the equipment Heartland uses includes the following:
• Electrical stimulation uses a gentle electrical current to increase circulation, stimulate the release of pain-relieving endorphins, retrain functional movement patterns, and decrease muscle disuse atrophy with a focus on improvement in gait, transfers, and functional activity performance. By accelerating neuromuscular re-education and reducing spasticity, electrical stimulation is also effective for post-stroke rehabilitation.
• Ultrasound focuses on the deep heating of muscles, tendons, and connective tissue to increase blood flow and tissue extensibility, while reducing pain and inflammation. Use of ultrasound accelerates improvement of ROM in contracture management by providing deep heat and pain control prior to stretching.
• Shortwave diathermy produces thermal effects that are appropriate for larger joints and surface areas including the neck, lower back, hip, and knee. It increases blood flow, treats muscle spasms, joint stiffness, and contractures. Shortwave diathermy is also effective for post-surgical pain, edema, and pain management for osteoarthritis.

The foundation of our rehabilitation program is an experienced interdisciplinary team focusing on individual needs. Our rehabilitation staff and program features enable us to offer comprehensive therapy services. Our therapy clinicians have also completed additional post-professional clinical training in the advanced modality clinical protocols to achieve successful patient outcomes.

We offer physical and occupational therapy six days/week and speech therapy five days/week. Our rehab patients receive between one to three hours of therapy daily depending upon their needs. We also offer outpatient physical and occupational therapy Monday–Friday.

Patient Connie Jackson says, “Physical therapy helped me reach my goals faster to return home. I was able to walk better, climb stairs faster than I thought I would after my knee replacement surgery. The nursing staff helped me manage my discomfort following the surgery. The nurses were understanding and experienced in taking care of people following orthopedic surgery. Thank you, Heartland!”

New “Virtual Rehab” at Heartland

The OmniVR is the world’s first 3-D “virtual rehabilitation” system designed specifically for aging adults and others with physical limitations. The technology is an important new tool for physical, occupational, and speech therapists to help improve function, while making the therapy process more fun and rewarding for patients.

A sophisticated 3-D camera and specialized computer software recreates the patient’s movements in a “real time” interactive experience that engages patients and motivates them to exercise longer and with greater intensity. Patients enjoy using the OmniVR!

New Inpatient Pulmonary Care

The newest program offered at Heartland Health Care Center is post-hospital pulmonary care, with two full-time respiratory therapists on staff who are committed to an aggressive and intensive care with an interdisciplinary approach to meet the needs of the patient. Individuals may want to seek this care if they are suffering from conditions such as:
• Emphysema
• Chronic bronchitis
• Asthma
• COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
• Pneumonia
• Respiratory failure

Comprehensive education is necessary to reduce the risk of re-hospitalization and post-discharge complications. Therefore, pulmonary care emphasizes:
• Understanding the disease process
• Recognition of symptoms that require medical intervention
• Medication education and management
• Stress management and energy conservation
• Individualized exercise programs (breathing, endurance and chair exercises)
• Dietary compliance
• Nutrition/swallowing education
• Controlled cough education
• Sleep management
• Lifestyle adaptations
• Self-care and caregiver training
• Fatigue/dyspnea self-assessment education

Memory Care
Heartland Health Care Center has a 31-bed licensed specialty unit for patients with cognitive impairments, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. The staff is required to have additional training on dementia to better meet the needs of patients we care for in the Arcadia Unit. When a patient has unusual behaviors, the staff is knowledgeable about the needs of a memory-impaired patient and is able to assist the patient. The security of the unit allows patients to roam about without the risk of elopement.

Post-Acute Rehab
After surgery, illness, or injury, you want to get home and back to your life as quickly as possible. Choosing the right medical and rehabilitation team will strongly impact your recovery. Heartland is dedicated to serving patients who need short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. We offer alternatives to patients making the transition from hospital to home by using an intensive approach that teaches lifestyle adjustments to promote independence.

Getting patients as close to their normal living is the primary goal at Heartland Health Care Center. Charge Nurse Marion Hudson, LPN, says, “I love taking care of my patients at Heartland. I enjoy watching them get better and go home.”

Ted, from Moline, came to Heartland in 2014 following an accident at work. “The staff
encourages you to do the extra and reach your goals. The Heartland staff is very helpful and friendly; you couldn’t ask for a nicer group!”

That’s the priority at Heartland Health Care Center: an exceptional staff, dedicated employees, and satisfied patients. Our skilled nursing and rehabilitation services offer a personalized experience for patients. We realize that little things like a gentle touch, a kind voice, and a sympathetic ear make a big difference.

For more information on Heartland Health Care Center, visit them at 833 16th Avenue, Moline, IL, or call them at 309-764-6744. Back to Top

 Heartland Health Care| May 02, 2014
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