Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder Center Facility
The Minneapolis VA Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder (SCI/D) Center is a state of the art facility designed to provide rehabilitation and lifelong comprehensive care and services for Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders. The 68,000 square foot complex contains a full array of resources to facilitate comprehensive SCI/D care, management, treatment, and rehabilitation. Facility highlights include:
The inpatient unit has a total of 30 beds with 18 private rooms and 6 double rooms. Each patient bed has an individual television on an articulating arm that doubles as a computer for bedside internet access Physical and Occupational Therapy Gym outfitted with an ADL kitchen, treatment/modalities room, quiet room, standard bathroom, and a variety of high tech rehabilitation equipment.
Rooms throughout the center have a ceiling lift system to promote safe patient handling and staff safety. A Pharmacy allows outpatients to obtain medications and supplies without having to travel to the main outpatient pharmacy. A large outpatient clinic with 7 exam rooms, support rooms, nurse triage room with a Pyxis station, Home Care staff offices, Telemedicine conference room, and Radiology/Brit Pacs reading room.
A state of the art advanced Therapy pool provides hydrotherapy services for patients across the rehab continuum. Special Procedures lab for special procedures and other diagnostic exams. A large, sunlit Dayroom with a 50-inch television with a Nintendo Wii station and Playstation III. Also located in the day room are wheelchair accessible planters that will provide opportunity for inpatients to garden. A Craft room provides space and materials for various recreational therapy activities.
A Multipurpose/Dining room outfitted with 6 retractable tables. The tables suspend from the ceiling and are lowered to the patient's level. They can be retracted to clear the floor for presentations and various recreational activities. Internet access and patient education services are provided for both inpatients and outpatients. Both the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) National Service Officer and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor have offices in the SCI/D Center to provide support, resources, and services to SCI/D Veterans.
Independent Living Apartment used for therapeutic purposes and to evaluate a patient's ability to be safe in a home-like setting.