About Brain Injury Services

Brain Injury

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Brain Injury

About Brain Injury Services

Brain Injury Services (BIS) is one our signature programs and was the first of its kind in Minnesota. Our focus is on improving patients' cognitive and functional skills while reducing emotional and behavioral difficulties, so patients can be successfully reintegrated back into the community.

Brain injury inpatients are cared for by interdisciplinary teams of professionals. The BIS team first assesses cognitive, behavioral and physical needs, then develops an individualized treatment plan, incorporating behavioral management into the overall medical and rehabilitation program.

What sets our program apart?

  • A broad interdisciplinary team featuring certified brain injury specialists in nursing and therapy, and daily physician visits 
  • Individualized treatment plans reflecting cognitive, behavioral and physical needs
  • Therapy provided up to six days a week, one to two times per day (based on care plan)
  • One-to-one and group therapy services provided by highly skilled physical, occupational, speech and therapeutic recreation staff
  • 16,000 square feet of therapy space with a variety of equipment for use with patients at differing levels of function (in-room therapy is also available)
  • Music, recreation and exercise groups on the unit and in the therapy department
  • New unit with both large group and family spaces for visiting
  • A focus on working out solutions to daily living at the patient’s highest possible level of function
  • A continuum of care under one roof so patients with multiple diagnoses can receive all care in one location
  • Regularly scheduled meetings with the interdisciplinary team, patient and family to review progress/plan for discharge
  • Patient and family resources including support groups and links to local support organizations, arrangements for home health care, assistance with post-discharge living options and more
  • Community provider of ongoing education and integration of best practices through an annual Brain Injury Conference
  • Outpatient clinic for seamless follow-up care
  • Secure outdoor treatment and recreation area

In addition to inpatient care, HealthEast also offers outpatient brain injury care.

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For more information on our Brain Injury Services program, call our Admissions department: 651-232-2760.
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The following diagnoses may benefit from Brain Injury Services at Bethesda:

  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Guillain-Barre
  • Seizure disorder
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Other neurological disorders and conditions

The treatment plan considers:

  • The cognitive level of the patient
  • Health and ability
  • Behaviors
  • The unique needs and preferences of the patient
  • Social and family concern
  • Bowel and bladder function
  • Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Medications
  • Discharge options

Patients participate in physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapies based on individual needs.

Admission criteria

To be admitted to our brain injury program, a patient must be:

  • 16 years or older, and able to benefit from an adult environment
  • Diagnosed with a traumatic or acquired brain injury

When a patient is referred to the program, a referral specialist will conduct an assessment and screening. This includes a clinical history, review of therapeutic interventions, recommendations for admission and further evaluation/treatment, as well as insurance verification. The clinical team reviews the information and makes a final recommendation.

Bethesda patient story: Kim Valois

Young at heart…that's how Kim Valois saw herself. So, the idea of climbing up to her children's tree house didn't seem like such a big deal, until she lost her footing and fell 20-25 feet. Watch this video for more of her story.

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Bethesda is a long-term acute care hospital that offers integrated programs for patients whose illnesses or injuries have long-term effects. We provide care for our patients' physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.

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