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New Aldie rehab hospital gets patients back on their feet

photoPhysical therapist Purvi Desai coaches a patient during a therapy session July 9 at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital’s new branch in Aldie. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Anna Leon

Frances Marmo, 77, wants to take a train ride across Canada, down to California, and over to Las Vegas.

It’s a journey of a few thousand miles that must begin with 175 feet.

That’s the length of the hallway from her room to the gym at the HealthSouth in Aldie, a recently opened acute rehabilitation hospital.

Marmo, of Woodbridge, suffers from pulmonary hypertension, and after a bacterial infection left her hospitalized three different times for a total of about six weeks, she needed rehab to strengthen her endurance so she could walk without collapsing.

After being admitted on July 8, the first time she walked from her room to the gym she had to stop four times to catch her breath.

“Yesterday I walked the hall four times,” Marmo said July 13.

She hopes to go home by the end of this week.

Independence is the goal at HealthSouth, the first acute rehab hospital in Loudoun, where patients dealing with illness, injury and mental conditions can go through therapy so they can then live more comfortably at home.

The hospital has 40 beds and 50 staff members, including 12 nurses. The goal is to eventually have 60 beds and 150 staff members, including 32 nurses.

Outpatient services will start this fall. It’s the 95th HealthSouth facility nationwide, but the first to entirely use electronic medical records.

HealthSouth can handle conditions including strokes, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The average stay for a patient is 12 to 14 days.

A typical day for a patient begins at 5 or 6 a.m., when a nurse takes the patient’s vital signs and does lab draws. Morning medications follow, and then the patient washes himself and prepares for breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

The first rehab session begins at 9 a.m. Patients must do three hours of rehab a day, often split neatly into one hour each of physical, occupational and speech therapy.

“They’re pretty busy, and by 3 p.m. they’re exhausted,” chief nursing officer Rosey Espiritu said.

Physical therapy includes mini tabletop machines similar to bicycles that patients pedal with their hands, and the AutoAmbulator, which is like a treadmill with a harness that completely supports the patient’s weight, allowing her to focus on relearning how to walk.

One of the main features of occupational therapy is the ADL unit, which stands for activity of daily living. This room is a simulated household with a bed, kitchenette, laundry facilities and an adjoining bathroom. Patients can practice getting in and out of bed, washing dishes or clothes, and taking a bath. Occupational therapy also includes eating two out of every three meals in the dining room with the other patients.

Speech therapy is a “misnomer,” therapy director Jason Waibel said, as it also focuses on cognition, memory and reasoning. When speech therapy is not necessary, physical and occupational therapy each take up an extra half hour.

“If you came in for a knee replacement, you’re not going to need speech therapy, but if you fell and broke your hip because you’re easily distracted and have problems remembering, you might need speech therapy,” Waibel said.

“We support them returning to independence,” said spokeswoman Janet Smith.


Nurses do a great job for the patient as they are more care able then doctors. because they are highly trained with certified degree courses.
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Dear Sir/Madam:
Thank you for your interest in the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Virginia. We do enjoy an Aldie zip code. We will be supporting the local growth of Aldie with tax revenue, employment opportunities, and much needed acute inpatient rehabilition services.  Our location is conveniently accessible by exiting Route 50 at the Stone Ridge Development on Stone Springs Boulevard (road only extends to the south).  Turn right at the first STOP sign onto Millstream Drive and the hospital is at the top of the hill.  You can see the hospital at the intersection of Millstream and Stone Springs Boulevard.  We would be happy to provide you with a tour and further information at a time of your choosing.  Please feel free to call us at 703-957-2000. You may ask for Janet Smith, Director of Marketing.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Can Loudoun Times pretend it is a Loudoun newspaper, please, by displaying some accuracy in reporting. Where exactly is this place, can we have an intersection or something! Last time I was there, about two days ago, I saw no rehab hospital in Aldie. Aldie is a village about one mile long and two houses deep. The recent trend of labeling as “Aldie” everything between South Riding and Middleburg is driving me crazy. Are you doing this because it has an Aldie zip code? Is it going to pay into the sewer costs imposed on the structures in the village? I know in inner suburbs places just kind of meld into each other, but in rural Loudoun people are used to having their actual community location respected. The Aldie Mill is in Aldie. The Mercer House is in Aldie. The Little River Inn is in Aldie. The Little Apple Pie Shop is in Aldie. Where exactly is this rehab center? Editor, this means you.

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