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  • Writer's picturePam King Sams

Big Comebacks for Little Patients: TIRR Memorial Hermann Opens Inpatient Pediatric Unit.

TIRR Memorial Hermann has opened its Inpatient Pediatric Unit, that will offer the same quality of nationally ranked, customized care for pediatric patients who have suffered a severe injury or illness and would benefit from rehabilitation in an inpatient setting. The new eight-bed pediatric unit is locked, has a private, fully equipped, child-friendly therapy gym on the unit, and an outdoor sports court specifically designed for young patients. TIRR Memorial Hermann accepts patients from the age of 6 months to teenagers.

“Our therapists use the latest technology but remain child focused to ensure that our pediatric patients are comfortable while they make progress during their therapy sessions,” says Teresa Cramer, PT, DPT, board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy and pediatric clinical coordinator at TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network. “We partner with parents and caregivers in a family-friendly environment to ensure the best outcomes possible while maximizing quality of life and facilitating return to their families, schools and communities. Our team is specially trained to meet the unique needs of our young patients and their families, and we take every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Pediatric rehabilitation services are available for patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, spasticity, post-tumor brain and spine management needs, limb loss, traumatic spinal cord injury, stroke, encephalitis or infectious encephalitis, tracheostomy who are technology-dependent, polytrauma, spine surgery, selective dorsal rhizotomy, and spina bifida.

“In addition to our full range of therapy care, we work with other specialists when needed, including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians, oncologists, neurologists and many others to provide coordinated care,” Cramer says.

Following their inpatient stay at TIRR Memorial Hermann, pediatric patients can transition to the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network’s outpatient program at four locations around Houston. Former inpatients can also follow up with a pediatric physiatrist at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Medical Clinic.

To make a referral or schedule an appointment, call (800) 44-REHAB (7-3422).

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