Paula Stewart, MD, physiatrist with Siskin PM&R and director of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Parkridge Health System has named Siskin Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physiatrist Paula Stewart, MD, as director of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation. Dr. Stewart is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and has earned subspecialty board certification in spinal cord injury medicine. In addition, Dr. Stewart has extensive expertise in general physical rehabilitation, neurologic rehabilitation (such as spinal cord and brain injuries and stroke management) and comprehensive rehabilitation care of patients with cancer and lymphedema.

Dr. Stewart’s leadership broadens the spectrum of PM&R care provided at Parkridge and creates new pathways for recovery previously unavailable at such a level of expertise. “We are excited to lead the expansion of interdisciplinary rehabilitation care at Parkridge,” Dr. Stewart said. “Patients now have access to the highest level of care, while still remaining under the supervision of their primary care and consulting physicians and the added convenience of being closer to home and local support system. We want the best outcomes for patients and this partnership will certainly support that endeavor.”

As a physiatrist, or a specialist in PM&R, Dr. Stewart treats a broad scope of conditions requiring comprehensive rehabilitation care. In her role at Parkridge Medical Center, Dr. Stewart will collaborate closely with referring specialists to provide the full spectrum of care and help patients who have suffered from a number of conditions, including cancer, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, polyneuropathies and encephalopathies.

“The components for this program have come together in such a way that is a win-win for everyone,” said David Bowers, MD, managing partner of Siskin Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. “We are excited to collaborate with Parkridge to enhance the services provided in the tri-state area.”

This partnership brings together experienced medical providers to better align rehabilitation care at every level. This coordinated care continues from the acute care hospital to inpatient rehabilitation, through ongoing rehabilitative treatment services provided in the physiatrist’s office. It is comprehensive rehabilitation care at its best.

“Dr. Stewart brings a skillset that aligns perfectly with our vision for Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation,” said Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health System. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Siskin Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and look forward to elevating the level of care provided in our region.”

Learn more about the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at Parkridge Medical Center by visiting Parkridge Health or by calling MedLine at 423-622-6848.