Last week, Lions Gate Hospital’s (LGH) Intensive Rehabilitation Out-Patient Program (IROP) was recognized for service excellence as one of B.C.’s best rehab programs. The honour was presented at B.C. Brain Injury Association’s (BCBIA) annual Showcase and Celebration for Brain Injury. An estimated 22,000 people sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) each year in B.C.
Since its inception in June 2011, the program has helped more than 525 clients, ranging from 16 to 102 years old, transition from hospital to home sooner. Brad Alden was referred to the program after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He spent six intensive weeks working with a a speech language pathologist, occupational therapist and physiotherapist.
Click here or scroll below to watch him share his experience working with the dedicated team.
The IROP team includes:
Physiotherapists Catalina Sanchez and Sydney Morrison
Occupational therapist Susan Bittel
Speech-language Pathologist Julia Baylis
Rehabilitation assistant Meran Keshavarzi
Registered nurse Catherine Robinson
Social worker Jennifer Allen
Program manager Barb Ferreira
According to the BCBIA, IROP’s strengths and success factors are:
The program accepts all diagnoses
IROP screens its own patients and has developed an effective eligibility criteria
IROP is constantly reviewing and improving all its processes
The hospital-based program has facilitated collaboration with referral sources and smooth home transitions.
The team’s strong communication and interdisciplinary nature has enabled IROP to truly provide holistic treatment
Patients begin the program within a week of discharge with no waitlist