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The Rehabilitation Team

Usharani V. Tandra, MDThe multidisciplinary Acute Rehabilitation Treatment Team is led by Medical Director Usharani V. Tandra, MD. As Medical Director of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Dr. Tandra assures that patients receive the most medically appropriate care based on their individual needs.

Dr. Tandra is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has 10 years of experience in caring for patients. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She completed residencies in internal medicine at Akron General Medical Center and in physical medicine and rehabilitation at MetroHealth Medical Center.

 Prior to joining Southwest General, Dr. Tandra was an attending physician at MetroHealth Medical Center where she oversaw the clinical care of stroke patients as Director of the Stroke Rehabilitation and Spasticity Program. In 2008, Dr. Tandra was named by Cleveland Magazine as one of the area’s Best Doctors.

Other members of the Acute Rehabilitation Team include:

Rehabilitation Nurses – Rehabilitation nurses are available 24 hours a day to help meet the medical needs of patients and help them become as independent as possible. Additionally, the nurses also help to educate patients and their caregivers.

Physical Therapists – Physical therapists focus on restoring function and mobility to patients by working with them to maximize strength, range of motion, balance and coordination. They also help to determine if a patient needs medical equipment, and, if so, provide training in use of this equipment.

Occupational Therapists – Occupational therapists help to enhance the cognitive (reasoning) and motor skills of patients so that they can safely perform the tasks of daily living. These may include everything from bathing, dressing, cooking and doing laundry to higher-level skills such as balancing a checkbook.

Speech/Language Therapists – Speech/Language Therapists help patients improve their ability to communicate by addressing difficulties in producing speech or comprehending others. This may include patients who have voice issues, difficulty swallowing, impaired oral motor control and other disorders.

Social Workers/Case Managers – Social workers and/or case managers help facilitate the admission, care and discharge process. They work with patients and families to navigate the services, health care providers, insurers and paperwork that accompany a significant illness or injury. Additionally, they help develop a plan for patients to return to home safely, including educating patients about available resources for ongoing care and support.

Psychologists – Psychologists address the emotional and psychological needs of patients on the Acute Rehabilitation Unit and help them to cope with the challenges in their lives resulting from injury or illness.

Dietitians – Dietitians help determine the nutritional needs of patients, develop dietary guidelines to meet those needs, and work with physicians, staff and family members to help meet patients nutritional needs.

In addition to the care provided by the Rehabilitation Team, other medical services are available to patients as needed.

For more information on Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, call 440-816-5050.

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