Magee is one of 14 model centers for SCI in the country.
Magee Rehabilitation offers one of the nation's leading rehabilitation programs for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). With more than 4,000 SCI patients in its follow-up system, Magee has the clinical experience and the unique peer resources that no other Greater Philadelphia rehabilitation program can offer.
The Spinal Cord Injury Program of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital provides inpatient and/or outpatient care to any individual 14 years of age or older, who presents with a clinical diagnosis of spinal cord injury/dysfunction, ranging from C1 through Cauda Equina levels, and all categories of severity (AIS A – E), including ventilator dependent. Diagnostic categories that might fall within this realm include, but are not limited to: traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury, Guillian Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, spinal cord tumors, cancer, inflammatory conditions, any disorder effecting the central nervous system in the spinal cord, etc.”
Since 1978, Magee has partnered with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to form The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley. This federally designated Model System of Care is one of only 14 in the country to provide coordinated lifetime care for people with SCI and their families. Magee's SCI program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Magee's SCI services include an expert clinical inpatient program; state-of-the-art assistive and therapeutic technology; unique outpatient therapy programs; and community reintegration services. Lifetime follow-up care is coordinated through Magee to address the unique health and community reintegration concerns of people with SCI.
Magee's SCI inpatients can begin taking part in restorative programs immediately following their admission and initial evaluations. Therapies are offered seven days per week, and physician and nursing services are available 24 hours a day. Patients will be at Magee for varying periods of time, based on their goals and progress. Each member of the treatment team works with the patient and caregivers for a return to the community that is as safe and speedy as possible. Most inpatient stays are complemented by continuing care services at home or in outpatient settings.
The benefits of rehabilitation do not stop after a patient has successfully demonstrated improved function and has returned home. People with SCI are likely to have some form of long-term disability and unique healthcare needs through the remainder of their lives. All resources and services of Magee Rehabilitation are available through the Lifetime Follow-Up System of Care.
Magee's Lifetime Follow-Up System of Care provides patients and families with continued access to a rehabilitation physician and a team of expert rehabilitation professionals. This team provides a variety of services to help patients maintain or regain their level of physical function and good health. Case management is offered to coordinate each patient's lifetime SCI care needs. Magee treats patients who are at least 14 years old, and has a specialized adolescent coordinator that works with young people.
In addition to the Lifetime Follow-Up System of Care, Magee also offers an SCI Medical Home. This specialized Medical Home is not a physical place, but rather, a bundle of services and a support system for people with new spinal cord injuries and their caregivers. It was created to make the early transition from the rehabilitation hospital to home and community easier, safer, and less stressful. Medical Home members, as part of the Lifetime Follow-Up System of Care, have the support of a full, dedicated healthcare team that provides top-rated care and services, with the goal of maximizing health, happiness, and wellness.
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EDUCATION & SUPPORT
Spinal Cord Injury Patient - Family Teaching Manual
The SCI patient/family teaching manual amounts to over 500 pages of information. It is divided it into multiple PDF files, for ease of handling and reading. Chapters may be opened or download. English and Spanish versions are available. Click on the link above to view the manual.
Spinal Cord Injury Fact Sheets (MSKTC)
Browse Spinal Cord Injury Fact Sheets, produced through a collaboration between the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center and the SCI Model Systems, for up-to-date, evidence-based, and consumer-friendly resources on topics like skin care, mental health, employment after SCI, and much more.
Spinal Cord Injury Outcome Data
At Magee, we are extremely proud to report our outcome scores and share them with you here. We strive to further improve these scores and provide our patients with the care and services they need to reap the maximum rewards from rehabilitation.
Aging with Spinal Cord Injury
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation offers this Aging with Spinal Cord Injury and Disability resource sheet.