Achievements

The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place has gained a reputation for quality service and is fast becoming a premiere facility for those requiring specialized care during recovery, rehab, or illness.

  1. Favorable state surveys
  2. New state of the art therapy space
  3. Recent addition of atrium/outdoor garden area
  4. Stable management team with many years of experience

American Health Care Association — National Quality Bronze Award Winner  


Recent Articles

In a recent publication by QSource, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Tennesee -
"West Meade Place Succeeds in Eliminating Restraints"

Eliminating Restraints [.pdf]

In the Nashville Medical News September 2009 issue -
"Working Through the Pain Options for Osteoarthritis" by Cindy Sanders

—For Ken Spychalski, PT, rehab director at The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place, working with the OA patients is a daily event. The center has 120 beds of which half are dedicated to skilled nursing patients with the balance being more traditional long-term care beds. In the last three months, the center has had 135 admissions with 69 percent of those arriving with a diagnosis of some form of arthritis in their medical chart.

The facility unveiled a new therapy gym in October 2008. In addition to a busy main area, the new space features two private treatment rooms. Osteoarthritis patients, have a range of options including TENS units (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), which Spychalski said temporarily blocks pain communication as it kicks in an endorphin response. He also leads patients through closed chain and open chain exercises, depending on the person's acuity level. Open chain exercises do not put weight on joints and are typically conducted from a seated position. Once patients are physically able, they move to weight-bearing, closed chain exercises. Ice, ultrasound, free weights, pulleys and cardio equipment are also included in the arsenal.

Spychalski said, "There are four components to good therapy—hand's on (manual therapy), some type of modality (like a paraffin bath), patient education (home exercise programs) and therapeutic exercise."

One relatively new therapy option makes the hard work of getting stronger seem a bit more fun. The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place included Wii Sport and Wii Fitness in their new space. "Everyone will gather around, and they'll say, 'Oh, my grandson does that!'" Spychalski noted with a chuckle.

Ultimately, he concluded, patients have to find their threshold of pain and work to keep OA from crossing that point. "Everyone is going to have a flare up here and there," he said. "You have to change it (therapy) up... it can't be cookie cutter."—