Southwestern Medical Center Rehabilitative Services

A traumatic illness, injury or surgery is a disruption that many people will face at some point in their life.  Rehabilitation can be the most important element of the healing process, determining the difference between disability and returning to a normal lifestyle. Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies play an integral role toward regaining independence, self-reliance and confidence. We are excited to provide outstanding Acute, Inpatient Rehabilitation Services and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Southwestern Medical Center.

Acute Rehabilitation Services

Southwestern Medical Center Acute Rehabilitation services offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Nursing, Nutrition and Psycho-Social services under the Direction of a Medical Director to patients who have changes in function and health status from injury, illness or disease.

A patient is appropriate for Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation if they:

  • Require daily access to a Rehabilitation Physician who will oversee the patient’s medical needs and plan of care
  • Require 24-hour Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Are able to tolerate Therapy (PT, OT, SLP) three hours per day, five out of seven days per week
  • Require at least two types of Therapy
  • Have the ability to achieve Rehabilitation goals in a reasonable period of of time (average length of stay 7-10 days)

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center offers Comprehensive Medical Rehabilitation services to patients aged 18 years and over diagnosed with but not limited to:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord dysfunction
  • Brain injury – Traumatic and non-Traumatic
  • Amputation,
  • Multiple trauma
  • Hip fracture or Joint replacement
  • Arthritis
  • Congenital or progressive neurologic syndromes such as Guillain-Barre, Parkinson’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.

For more information on the admission criteria or any of the services offered by the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Please call 580-531-4903.

Rehabilitation Physician

The Inpatient Rehabilitation team is led by our Medical Director Dr. Geetha Kandimala, MD, a Board Certified Neurologist. A personalized treatment plan is developed for each patient. Staff members monitor each patient’s progress weekly and under the direction of the Rehabilitation Physician set goals with input from the patient and family.

Rehabilitation Nursing

Encouraging, Educating and Enabling independence is the goal of our rehabilitation nurses at SWMC. In addition to primary patient care, nurses work one-on-one with patients, helping to retrain activities of daily living, educating in proper medication schedules and addressing patients’ cognitive, physical and social skills. Members of the staff are licensed in the State of Oklahoma and are graduates of accredited nursing schools. Nurses hold Associate or Bachelor Degrees in Nursing and may become Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRN) after completing specified qualification.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are available to help patients adjust to, or overcome, the effects of illness or injury, and address activities of daily living:

  • Dressing, cooking, hygiene
  • Upper extremity – strengthening, flexibility, coordination
  • Mobility in the home
  • Cognitive skills
  • Perceptual skills
  • Adaptive equipment

Occupational therapists and Assistants at SWMC are certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association and are licensed by the State of Oklahoma. Occupational therapists and Assistants are graduates of accredited university programs in Occupational Therapy.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is provided and is an integral part of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation program. Physical therapists address mobility, lower extremity strengthening, coordination and sensation. Therapy may address:

  • Joint range of motion
  • Muscle strengthening & endurance
  • Mobility – by ambulation or wheelchair
  • Need & use of braces or artificial limbs
  • Car transfers

SWMC’s physical therapy staff consists of experienced licensed physical therapists and Assistants. All physical therapists and Assistants are licensed by the State of Oklahoma, and are graduates of accredited university programs in physical therapy.

Speech Therapy

Our Speech Language Pathologists have a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and are licensed by the State of Oklahoma Board of Examiners. We are in the position to treat our patients from the beginning of their illness in the acute hospital, through their rehab stay, and then in their outpatient program. Our therapists offer speech therapy for:

  • Communication
  • Language
  • Cognition
  • Memory
  • Swallowing
  • Speech
  • Hearing Screenings
  • Voice

We offer these services for a multitude of disorders/diseases, such as the following:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Other neurological disorders

Individual therapy sessions are designed to build on the patient’s strengths to improve their communication and processing skills enabling them to become better communicators and more functional in their environment.

Psycho-Social Services / Case Management

Disabilities affect more than a person’s physical abilities. They also impact the psychosocial and emotional well-being of the patient and their family. Rehabilitation Social workers offer a variety of services to help patients and their families adjust to changes caused by illness or injury. SWMC’s social workers serve as liaisons for the treatment team with patients and families. They focus on family counseling and education on illness and disability. They stay in close contact with physicians, nurses and other professional personnel to help coordinate patient care. Social workers also assist with end-of-life issues such as Living Wills and Advance Directives while coordinating resources offering a smooth transition from hospitalization to post-rehabilitation care by identifying resources and services needed when patients leave SWMC. The rehabilitation social service staff members are either licensed by the State of Oklahoma and have earned graduate degrees in social work, or are under the supervision of a licensed social worker.

Financial Information

Southwestern Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit accepts most major insurance carriers, including Medicare and Medicaid. Benefits and pre-authorization will be obtained prior to admission. For more information on payor sources, please call 580-531-4903.

Click here to view the 2015 Inpatient Rehabilitation Annual Report

The Center for Sports and Rehabilitation at Southwestern Medical Center

Southwestern Medical Center has a caring team of experienced and dedicated Outpatient Therapists serving the needs of our community. The Center for Sports and Rehabilitation offers Outpatient Physical, Occupational and  Speech-Language Pathology.  The Center for Sports and Rehabilitation offers hand therapy provided by a Certified Hand Therapist. Located in over 4,000 square foot of space, the Center for Sports and Rehabilitation can treat a variety of diagnoses including Orthopedic, Neurological Conditions, Sports Medicine, Balance/Vestibular Disorders, Hand Therapy and Aquatic Therapy. Therapy services are available to clients of all ages.

The Center for Sports and Rehabilitation is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for our patient’s convenience.

For more information, please contact us at:

Center for Sports and Rehabilitation at Southwestern Medical Center

5606 SW Lee Blvd, MOB II
Lawton, OK 73505
Phone: 580-531-4704
Fax: 580-531-4805