Celebrating our Brooks Team During Respiratory Care Week

Celebrating our Brooks Team During Respiratory Care Week

This week is national Respiratory Care Week. This annual event recognizes the respiratory care profession and raises awareness for improving lung health around the world. Brooks Rehabilitation has a unique team in place to serve a diverse patient mix all under one roof.

The department is led by Dr. Geneva Jacobs, who is board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Her work with critical care medicine physicians has built a multifaceted program with outstanding results. As Department Manager and a therapist for more than 25 years, Kendra Milliron states that “the experience and expertise gained by the Respiratory Team here at Brooks is truly unique and will serve them well throughout their careers.”  

Brooks Rehabilitation partners with the University of Florida for the nationally recognized diaphragm pacing system (DPS) program. The DPS program is an extension of our Spinal Cord Injury Program. A diaphragmatic pacemaker is a surgically implanted device used to help patients breathe following complications from spinal cord injuries. The device works through pacing of the diaphragm, augmenting a patient’s ability to breathe on their own. This program, which boosts an 85% success rate, is one of the only in the country that takes a progressive approach to DPS management and weaning.

Another innovative program we offer is the Brooks Rehabilitation Ventilator Program. Through this program, therapists assist in weaning patients off of mechanical ventilator dependence. This program cares for patients with an interdisciplinary team approach. Patients in the ventilator program receive nursing and respiratory care around the clock.

The Respiratory Department also manages:

-pediatric tracheostomy management

-caregiver education programs

-disease management

-adult tracheostomy management and weaning

-pulmonary testing

-collaborative rehabilitation program

-ventilator management and weaning 

Thanks to our Respiratory Department for all you do!

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