Following complex surgery, patients may have substantial ongoing healthcare, therapy and/ or equipment needs impacting their ability to return home directly after surgery. The Children’s Specialty Hospital team specializes in the care your child will need following surgery. We have the equipment needed to support children following all type of surgeries. We work collaboratively with children and their families to achieve optimal recovery and a comfortable discharge plan.
- Our medical director, Dr. Kate Sigford, is South Dakota’s only physician to be board-certified in both physical medicine & rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation.
- Our high-tech assistive technology solutions aid in communication, feeding & swallowing, and upper & lower extremity movement and mobility, as well as ways to engage in other daily tasks through advanced technology.
- A team of over 30 specially trained inpatient and outpatient pediatric therapists at our Sioux Falls locations
- South Dakota’s first and only certified clinician in swallowing and feeding disorders.
- Close-to Home-Care: Staying close to home during the healing process can provide real comfort and convenience. Children’s Specialty Hospital is the only pediatric rehabilitation hospital in South Dakota or the surrounding area.
- Seating and Mobility Specialists: Our staff includes certified seating specialists, as well as therapists and technicians who are specially trained to offer the most advanced seating and mobility options.
- The Specialty Hospital works collaboratively with several other medical institutions and specialty practices throughout the midwest to meet your child’s needs. Some examples are: gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonary, and ear, nose, and throat (ENT).
- Outpatient clinic locations in Sioux Falls, Sioux City, IA, and Rapid City, SD ensure continued quality care when services transition from inpatient to outpatient care.
- S/P Selective Dorsal Rhizotomies
- S/P Multiple orthopedic surgeries
- Wound care
A team of experts is on-site. Team members will vary depending on your child’s unique needs following surgery.
- Pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician
- Pediatric nurses and certified nursing assistants
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Speech-language pathologist
- Respiratory therapist
- Clinical psychologist
- Medical social worker
- School educator (when applicable)
- Music therapist
- Assistive technology specialists
- Orthotist and/or prothetist
Q: How will I care for my child at home?
A: Your rehabilitation team will help you and your child identify goals that will allow him/her to gain skills and return to home, school, and community as independently as possible. Prior to discharge, your therapy and nursing team will ensure you have the training and equipment needed to care for your child at home.
“It made such a difference for us to be able to do our rehab back in Sioux Falls for Davis and our family. Not only did it make life for us that much easier during his intense therapy schedule, but Davis had such great individualized care and therapy since we were in a smaller facility. The staff had been fully trained by Gillette and had all the proper equipment, so we knew Davis was getting the same great therapy, just closer to home. We are so glad this was an option for us and would highly recommend it to others.”
-Anne Harrington, mother of post-surgical patient
We Know How to Help
- Our team uses age-appropriate treatment techniques and tools, including toys and games, to increase your child’s comfort and participation in therapy sessions.
- Advanced training and collaboration from other medical facilities specializing in orthopedic and neurosurgeries such as Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN. We offer rehabilitation following Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Surgery, so that area children may recover closer to home.
Next Steps: Experts in Transitioning to Home
- Coordination of care: Our care coordinator and the team will assist in finding medical providers in your area and setting up any medical appointments your child may have during hospitalization and after discharge.
- Community transition experiences are encouraged so families can practice therapy activities in real-life settings before going home. The rehab team will help coordinate community outings with specific goals for your child to help build his/her confidence and independence in getting back to community interests and routines.
- Family conferences: The rehab team meets regularity with the patient and family throughout their rehabilitation journey to discuss progress and goals. We work with your child’s school to inform them of any special needs and to help with the transition back to school.
- Therapists will assess, identify and recommend appropriate assistive devices and/or adaptive equipment for your child in preparation for discharge to home. The team will seek funding and ensure proper training prior to discharge.
- The rehabilitation team will educate and train families, caregivers, and school personnel on specific needs, goals, or exercises your child may need in order to be discharged to home.