Through the collaborative efforts of the Milwaukee Center for Independence and Grace Healthcare, the Nexday Brain Injury Rehab Center at Wellspring opened this week.
The brain injury rehab center is located in Wellspring of Milwaukee, a rehabilitation facility and nursing home at 9350 W. Fond Du Lac Ave. in Milwaukee.
The new rehab center, which will operate separately from the nursing home, will consist of 18 beds in eight private rooms and five semi-private rooms for patients recovering from brain injuries.
The program, one of three certified by the state of Wisconsin as a post-acute traumatic brain injury unit, will primarily serve patients who have been discharged from the hospital but need additional medical attention before returning home.
“About 6,000 people in Wisconsin sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, and every person recovering from traumatic brain injury has individual needs and concerns,” said Dr. Heidi Sykora, MCFI vice president of clinical quality services. “For 75 years, MCFI has understood the importance of serving each person as an individual and prescribing services to the client’s particular needs and personal goals.”
The rehab center’s team of medical experts will include doctors, rehabilitation nurses, skilled therapists, social workers, recreational therapists, and vocational rehabilitation and employment specialists, according to Program Director Kalli Reinheimer.
The center’s staff will provide clinical services, therapies and recreational services to enhance functional abilities and help each patient sustain improvements as they transition back into their home environment.
MCFI, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization that supports individuals and families with special needs in fostering independence, also offers outpatient services for patients living with brain injuries. Outpatient services are available at MCFI Nexday, located at 3333 S. Howell Ave. in Milwaukee.