At the J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit on the campus of North Alabama Shoals Hospital, our goal is to help you return to independent living.
Founded in 2003, the J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit at North Alabama Shoals Hospital is the region’s only acute rehabilitation hospital, with 24-hour nursing care and daily physician rounding in a hospital environment.
This is acute rehabilitation, which includes specialized programs for those suffering from:
Unlike Skilled Nursing Facilities, where doctor visits are only required once every 18 days and LPNs provide most of the care, the J.W. Sommer Unit has daily doctor visits and is staffed with Registered Nurses 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Our staffing ratio is one RN to every six to eight patients. Each patient at J.W. Sommer receives between 960 and 1,560 minutes of therapy a week, more than three times that required of Skilled Nursing Facilities. And, because of its location at North Alabama Shoals Hospital, all labs, X-rays, dialysis, respiratory treatments and pharmacy needs are on-site.
Services available on-site at J.W. Sommer:
Here’s what a higher level of care means for you:
Our goal is to work with patients and their families to provide superior care with quality outcomes, to return patients to maximum independence at home and in the community. That means:
Our multi-disciplinary team includes Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists. Because of its location at North Alabama Shoals Hospital, all labs, X-rays, dialysis, respiratory treatments and pharmacy are available on site. This is quality care—at a higher level.