(Facts & Figures, 2010)
Number of Admissions
We care for about 650 patients a year on our Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit; approximately 151 were people recovering from stroke.
Average patient age: 76
We served slightly more men (53 percent) than women (47 percent).
Approximately 95 percent of patients served expressed overall satisfaction with their rehabilitation program.
Type/Duration of Treatment
Every patient's experience on Sarasota Memorial's Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit is unique; length of stay and therapy are customized to meet individual goals and needs. Average length of stay for stroke patients was 13 days.
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit (CRU)
Sarasota Memorial’s 34-bed Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit (CRU) is dedicated to patients recovering from strokes, neurological disease and other disabling disorders of the muscles, bones and joints. It is medically supervised and staffed around-the-clock by the most highly skilled rehab professionals in the region.
Our team is led by a board certified physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician) and includes certified rehabilitation registered nurses, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, speech/language pathologists, nutritionists and case managers. Many others, including recreational therapists and social, vocational and pastoral counselors, also provide support.
Stroke Specialty Program: Sarasota Memorial's CRU offers the only accredited stroke specialty program in the region. Our stroke program provides education, medical management and individualized therapy to help patients return home as soon as possible and resume the daily activities they enjoyed prior to their stroke. Comprehensive rehabilitation is available for those experiencing challenges with movement, sensation, vision, eating, language and thinking. Weekly stroke education meetings are provided for patients and their family members, and the hospital welcomes community members to its free stroke support group each month.
• Sarasota Memorial’s CRU is the only hospital-based rehab unit in Sarasota County capable of providing emergency access to important hospital services and health care specialists.
• Located inside Sarasota Memorial Hospital, our rehab unit is fully accredited by CARF- the highest level of accreditation for rehab hospitals. The accreditation also certifies Sarasota Memorial as a Stroke Specialty Program provider.
• Treatment includes a minimum 3 hours daily therapy, plus weekly team conferences to evaluate patient goals and progress.
• Region’s most advanced technology, including Robomedica’s Body Weight Support System to stimulate muscle movement for people unable to walk or participate in weight-bearing exercise. Especially beneficial for those limited by stroke or other neurological conditions, the computerized harness and treadmill system protects patients from falling while helping them safely participate in rehabilitation therapy.
Upon discharge, Sarasota Memorial provides a variety of follow-up services to ensure an optimal recovery, including home care, a skilled nursing & rehabilitation center and customized outpatient programs in convenient neighborhood care centers.
Admission & Referrals to CRU
For patient evaluation or a physician consultation, call the Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Services at 941-917-7622.