As the Roper Rehabilitation Hospital (RRH) prepares to mark its 20th anniversary, we celebrate how the RRH has grown in the last two decades. The Roper Rehabilitation Hospital (RRH) has been serving the Lowcountry since 1992 and certainly has seen its share of changes – both in scope of services and space.
When it opened, the RRH goal was to help patients with disabling injuries or illnesses reach their highest possible level of independence. From strokes to joint replacements, more than 15,000 patients and their families have been assisted at the RRH. With 52 beds and more than 175 dedicated employees, we’re motivated by the success of the patients we’ve helped.
Over these twenty years of service, new regulations have certainly changed the delivery of services and the related costs of provision of care. Yet our committed staff and leaders adapted to assure patients receive the highest quality of care. The RRH is ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for patient satisfaction and thanks to our dedicated team, we have more patient discharges back to their personal homes and more change in functional improvement scores than the national benchmarks. And as we prepare to celebrate our anniversary, we thank our employees for their hard work in making the RRH a success and are thrilled to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for employee satisfaction, as well.
As we forge ahead and reflect on the past, the unit has taken two steps that highlight innovation and combine resources for the betterment of the community. The first step was to establish a bed reserve agreement with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). This agreement was a first for these two large healthcare systems, and one that I believe will be more necessary and more common as healthcare resources evolve locally and nationally. Putting aside long-standing competition, RRH will provide their expertise in rehab for MUSC patients while MUSC provides their areas of expertise in areas like organ transplants.
The second initiative involves the care of the spinal cord injury patients in our tri-county area. These patients were largely underserved and had no expert primary care medical home. Because more than half of these patients are not insured, MUSC and RRH once again pooled resources to meet the needs of this population. In July 2011, the first of its kind in S.C., Center for Spinal Cord Injury opened to coordinate and to deliver care for those with and without funding. MUSC will coordinate research efforts through the Center and provide specialty physician services while RRH staff and physicians will deliver clinical services.
We look forward to another 20 years of service to the Lowcountry!
By Cathy Therrell, director of the Roper Rehabilitation Hospital at Roper Hospital