In 1972, Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital admitted its first patient as a rehabilitation hospital.
Over the past 50 years, Marianjoy has continued to evolve with cutting-edge technology and innovative, evidence-based treatment to maximize recovery and promote patient independence.
At the very heart of this care has remained an unwavering commitment to exceptional patient-centered care.
Before opening its doors, the concept of the hospital was developed by the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary of Wheaton.
The facility, originally built in the late 1960s, began as a care space for Franciscan Sisters. In 1971 local doctors met with the Franciscan Sisters to discuss the transformation of Marianjoy into a physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital. At that time, there were only two rehabilitation hospitals in Illinois.
Today, Marianjoy offers clinical programs dedicated to brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, neuromuscular and neurological conditions, and pediatrics.
Each year, more than 25,000 patients receive Marianjoy inpatient care, outpatient therapy and medical services.
“Over the years, Marianjoy has helped advance the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation within our communities and in the field at large,” said Anne Hubling, DNP, president and chief nursing officer of Northwestern Medicine. Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. “Marianjoy is also deeply rooted in Northwestern Medicine’s primary patient mission. The people who work here are driven by that and our patients feel it.”
In March 2016, 44 years after Marianjoy opened, Marianjoy joined Northwestern Medicine. Since then, the 125-bed hospital has experienced significant expansion in technology and innovation.
The Tellabs Center for Neurorehabilitation and Neuroplasticity opened in September 2016.
The Center offers innovative technologies, such as robotic exoskeletons, virtual reality and other devices, that tap into the guiding principles of neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to change or heal in response to experiences. Along with evidence-based approaches, technology can positively impact the functional recovery of patients who have suffered stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other neurological conditions.
In 2017, the Aphasia Center was established to address the long-term challenges of aphasia – a communication disorder that results from damage to parts of the brain that control language.
Led by a speech-language pathologist, small group sessions provide a comfortable and supportive environment for participants to practice their skills through real-life activities.
“People come to Marianjoy to heal after a traumatic or unexpected event in their life,” said Mahesh Ramachandran, MD, chief medical officer at Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Hospital. “It is rewarding to see patients move from their severe limitations to improved functional ability and a better quality of life.”
To learn more about Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, visit nm.org/marianjoy50.
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