Roper Rehabilitation Hospital Celebrates 20 Years of Service, Cathy Therrell, Director
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Roper St. Francis
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

     As the Roper Rehabilitation Hospital (RRH) prepares to mark its 20th anniversary, we will be celebrating how much we have grown in the last two decades. The Roper Rehabilitation Hospital has been serving the Lowcountry since 1992, and certainly has seen its share of changes – both in its scope of services and space.
     When we opened, the goal of RRH 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 RRH. With 52 beds and more than 175 dedicated employees, we’re motivated by the success of the patients we’ve helped.     Across our twenty years of service, new regulations have certainly changed the delivery of services and the related costs of providing of care. Yet our committed staff and leaders have adapted to make sure our 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. As we prepare to celebrate our anniversary, we want to thank our employees for their hard work in making RRH a success. We are also thrilled to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for employee satisfaction.
     Two important steps in our recent history highlight our level of innovation in combining resources for the betterment of the local rehab community. The first step was to establish a bed reserve agreement with MUSC. This agreement was a first for these two healthcare systems, and one that I believe will become more necessary and common as healthcare resources evolve locally and nationally. RRH will provide their expertise in rehab for MUSC patients while MUSC provides their expertise in areas such as organ transplants.      
     The second initiative involves the care of spinal cord injury patients in our Tri-county area. These patients were largely underserved and many had no expert primary care medical home. Because more than half of these patients are not insured, MUSC and RRH 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.      
     With so much already accomplished, we are looking forward to another 20 years of service to the Lowcountry!
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Roper St. Francis Healthcare