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NRMC Welcomes Louisiana Extended Care Hospital of Natchitoches to Its Campus

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) recently announced Louisiana Extended Care Hospital of Natchitoches (LECH) is now providing two key services on the NRMC campus: acute rehabilitation services for inpatient physical, speech and occupational therapy and also extended care for patients with complex acute medical needs after being discharged from a traditional hospital. LECH is a separate entity from hospital.

“We consider LECH as a hospital within a hospital. Many people in our community will benefit from these services, and we are especially pleased to have inpatient rehabilitation here on our campus for stroke patients. Rehabilitation services including speech, physical, and occupational therapy are available for patients with strokes, brain injuries, neurologic conditions, amputations, orthopedics such as a femur fracture or bilateral joint replacement, and spinal cord injuries,” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer of NRMC.

After a person experiences a medical event, there is a window of time in which many patients need extensive rehabilitation to achieve a good outcome and recovery. Unlike a traditional hospital which provides care during the acute event such as a stroke, LECH is designed to provide a seamless continuity of care for patients after they are discharged from NRMC or another hospital. Generally, the amount of therapy needed over the next few weeks is around three or more hours per day. Each patient receives close supervision and is seen daily by a physician. The goal is to get people the immediate acute rehab they need so they can achieve their maximal functional level, Soileau noted.

Apart from rehabilitation services, LECH also provides long-term acute care services for patients with complex medical needs after they are discharged from NRMC or another hospital. The interdisciplinary LECH team is highly trained and experienced in providing extended care for patients with cardiovascular conditions, infectious diseases, respiratory conditions, neuromuscular diseases, neurological disorders, hematological disorders, renal disease, diabetes management for post-surgical recovery, and other conditions. Under the supervision of a physician who sees the patient daily, the team provides highly individualized treatment plans.

“The goal of extended care is to help each patient recover to the fullest extent possible before going home,” Soileau said. “With LECH, patients also have access to highly specialized services such as pulmonary vent weaning, wound care, medication management, intravenous therapy, and rehabilitation therapy all within LECH’s inpatient hospital setting. Patients benefit from excellent care close to home.”

For admission criteria and more information about care at Louisiana Extended Care Hospital of Natchitoches, please contact 318.354.2044.

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