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Cracchiolo Inpatient Rehabilitation Center

The new Cracchiolo Inpatient Center was named for community member Connie Cracchiolo, who preferred SJH&MC when she needed health care not only because it was close to home but because of its reputation for top quality care.

As a resident of Grosse Pointe Shores and Vice Chair of the St. John Hospital Foundation Board, Peter T. Cracchiolo (Connie and Peter J. Cracchiolo's son) has a vested interest in the hospital. When he heard a presentation by Dr. Raymond Bauer that the excellence in Rehabilitation Services established at St. John North Shores Hospital was moving to SJH&MC, he was impressed with the plans. While it was too late for his mother's care (she passed away in 2006), Peter T. believed this was an important undertaking for the community.

After learning more details, Peter J., also of Grosse Pointe Shores, decided to support the new rehab center with a substantial gift in memory of his late wife, whom the family knew would have wholeheartedly supported the project.

Connie was a member of the Auxiliary at SJH&MC and involved in numerous other charitable volunteer organizations; however, family was her life; her children and grandchildren were her main focus. Naming the new center in honor of Connie is a fitting way for her to live on in the memories of family, friends and the community. The Cracchiolos have been longtime supporters of the hospital. Previous major gifts from the Peter J. and Constance M. Cracchiolo Foundation supported the expansion and renovation of SJH&MC and the creation of the Van Elslander Cancer Center.

Photos above are of Medical Director Raymond Bauer, MD (top) and Alissa Desjardins, Occupational Therapist (bottom) with patients of the Center.

About the Center

The new 23,000-square-foot Cracchiolo Inpatient Rehabilitation (IPR) Center, in memory of Connie Cracchiolo, serves patients who have had their lives altered due to an injury, a disease or neurological disorder. Occupying the former East and ELL wings on the third floor of SJH&MC, the state-of-the-art center  consists of 36 patient beds (12 private and 24 semi-private rooms).

The IPR center helps individuals with a wide range of diagnoses including stroke, brain and spinal cord injury and tumors, multiple sclerosis, hip fracture, amputations, burns, cancer, cardiac and pulmonary disorders, and general medical and surgical debility. The center allows for a seamless continuum of care in one location where the focus will shift to the patient’s physical recovery and rehabilitation needs. Patients receive comprehensive inpatient care in physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, psychology, rehabilitation nursing and social work. Specialists focus on mobility and gait training and assist patients with activities of daily living, cognitive and language skills and other functional needs.

The new center includes:

  • State-of-the-art gait training and neurorehabilitation technology: This includes functional electrical stimulation devices, virtual reality training systems, treadmills and body-weight support technology to help therapists analyze gait patterns, restore functional movement and train patients with neurological disorders to walk safely again. This cutting-edge technology allows the rehabilitation staff to conduct research and keep SJH&MC on the forefront of new trends in neurorehabilitation.
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  • Transition apartment: Unique to St. John Providence Health System hospitals, an apartment replicates a home environment including a bathroom, kitchenette, bed and living space to prepare patients/families to function independently before home discharge.
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  • Activity area: A 1,500-square-foot open activity area has the latest equipment and technology to help patients regain function and independence.
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  • Two patient dining areas: Each area seats 18 patients and can be used for activities like bingo and support group sessions.
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  • Quiet room/private therapy room: For patients requiring a low-stimulus environment free from distractions, these rooms allow intensive one-on-one treatment and provide privacy for patients who require wound care or prosthetic consultations.
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  • Bariatric room: This room is specially equipped to meet the needs of larger patients, enhancing safety and comfort.
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