Demographics and Outcomes at Valley Children's Rehabilitation Center
Valley Children’s Rehab Center treats close to 100 pediatric patients annually up to the age of 21. The average length of stay is approximately 10 days but treatment varies on a case by case basis. Our experts develop an individualized plan for rehab patients with a variance complex and common diagnosis. Commonly treated diagnoses* are not limited to but do include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (37%)
- Orthopaedic (16%)
- Spinal Cord Injury (13%)
- Encephalitis/Meningitis (10%)
- Deconditioned (8%)
- Oncology (8%)
- Guillain Barre (4%)
- Stroke (2%)
- Burn (1%)
- Hypoxia (1%)
*Data presented is FY18
During FYE 18, there were two unplanned transfers for patients needing sub-specialist care:
- One patient transferred to surgical service and was discharged home with outpatient rehabilitation
- One patient transferred to the neurosurgical service for surgical intervention due to injuries sustained prior to admission. This patient remained on the rehabilitation unit receiving therapies and was then discharged home.
Following their course of inpatient rehabilitation, all patients were discharged to their home environment, except three:
- One patient was discharged to a post-acute rehabilitation program
- One patient was a planned transfer to a specialist oncologic facility
- One patient was discharged in the care of a foster family
Inpatient Rehabilitation Center Outcomes
Outcomes in our Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Center are measured by the FRESNO (Functional Rehabilitation Evaluation of Sensori-Neurologic Outcomes) tool, developed by an interdisciplinary research team at Valley Children’s.
The FRESNO is used to assess our patients’ functional abilities in the areas of mobility, self-care, cognition, communication and socialization. These five domains are divided into the 13 subdomains to measure the level of difficulty according to the child’s developmental stage. These developmental milestones are scored by several disciplines including: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, rehabilitation nursing and neuropsychology. The Valley Children’s team of rehab experts carefully monitors and assesses patient improvement on a weekly basis in order to assure that patients are on track to meeting their predicted outcome goals.
Since FY 2014 when 94% of the patients met 90% of their predicted outcome goals at discharge, we have continued to improve with FY 18 showing 100% of patients meeting 90% or more of their predicted outcome goals at discharge.
Overall Quality of Care
As part of an ongoing process to improve patient care and satisfaction, the parents and/or caregivers of our patients are given the opportunity to provide us feedback.
For overall quality of care we assess every service including our inpatient care team and the therapies that are provided. For FY 2018, the average score of all areas of service was 2.92 (scores indicate 2.0 as meeting expectations and 3.0 as exceeding expectations).
Strategic Goals 2018-2021
- Provide the highest quality pediatric rehabilitation care tailored to meet the individual medical, physical, developmental, social, psychosocial and educational needs of each child and family
- Optimize services and care to restore maximal independence to the child and family and provide support as they transition back to home and school