The Physical Therapy Department provides services to in/out patients who have suffered impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities resulting from injuries, disease or other causes which have decreased their level of function. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to improve or restore patient physical performance to their optimal level of function. The Physical Therapy staff is duly licensed to practice in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A Physical Therapist’s role is to evaluate and prepare a plan of care appropriate for the treatment of each patient. Another role is to educate patients and family members in restoring patient health care.
TYPES OF PATHOLOGY SEEN ARE:
- Musculoskeletal Injures: Sprain, strains, low back and neck injuries, fractures, and patient post-surgery.
- Neuromuscular Dysfunctions: Patients with loss of balance, hemiplegia, hemiparesis, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
- Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Dysfunctions: Congestive heart failure, diabetes, obesity, asthma, arthritis and other disorders of the heart.
- Integumentary: Amputations, crushing injuries to extremities, burns, and scar formation.
- Physical Agents: Hot/cold pack, ultrasound, electrotherapy, cervical and pelvic/lumbar mechanical traction (as appropriate to diagnosis).
- Procedures: Therapeutic exercises, functional activities in self-care, gait training, (crutches, cane, walker), and manual therapy techniques as appropriate to diagnosis.
The Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology) Department has a compliment of resources which provide our patients with the best outcomes available. The staff is dedicated, the processes are clearly defined and the technology is impressive, thus, affording digitizing and remote access capabilities. As a result, the department offers general radiology studies to our inpatients and outpatients for the following modalities:
- BE(Barium Enema) Large Intestine/ Colon study
- Computed Tomography (CT)
- Esophagogram(esophagus study)
- Infertility Study
- Nuclear Medicine
- Open magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- MRI (MR Imaging)
- MRA (MR Angiography)
- Radiography (X-Ray)
- Abdominal (Liver,GB, Pancreas, Kidneys, Spleen, Aorta, etc.)
- Gynecology and Obstetric (OB/GYN) Sonography
- Neonatal Head Sonograpy
- Sonomammogram (Breast sonogram)
- Thyroids, Testicular
- UGIS( Upper Gastrointestinal Series) Stomach
- Vascular Doppler
- Women’s Imaging Suite
- Bone Density
Internists are imperative to the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of a range of illnesses and diseases in adults, and provide a more extensive primary care. They are trained to diagnose and treat more complex illnesses, including a wide range of multi-system diseases. Our internists work with you to coordinate all your health needs so that you can have access to the care and information you need to get better. They care for hospitalized and ambulatory patients who are typically severely ill. Our skilled physicians combine their extensive training and experience to choose a treatment plan that best suits your individual needs.
Internists are not limited to one specialized area of medicine, and instead address the overall health of adults. They tend to care for a patient throughout the various stages of their lives, and may acts as a primary care physician. They treat internal disorders, such as diabetes, heart disease, or problems in the gastrointestinal tract. They also treat common health problems, such as infections, illnesses, or chronic diseases. They monitor the patient’s condition and refer patients to specialists if necessary.
The pharmacy at JFLH is an important part of the health care team that manages the dispensing of prescription medications to those suffering from temporary or ongoing conditions. We are dedicated to our patients and provide the most effective and necessary medications to help them recover quickly.
We not only dispense medications, but we also provide knowledge and information for our patients. We explain to them the purpose of their medication and help ensure that the patient remains safe and healthy while taking it. We maintain orderly medical records, medical history information, and medical orders. All of this is done with the hope that our patients will have the most ease and comfort during this difficult time.
JFLH is committed to providing our patients with quality medical services. For your convenience, all patients admitted to JFL will receive an information package containing a statement regarding Patient’s Rights and Responsibilities, and an Insurance Notice. There is also information pertaining to any complaints or concerns you may have. Copies of these documents are also posted in various areas throughout the hospital.
At JFLH, we encourage diversity and acceptance. To make our patients feel more comfortable, we have employed a staff with many different backgrounds. They speak diverse languages, including American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hindu, Patois, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and more.
To assure that our patients’ wishes are followed in regards to their care, we recommend that patients execute advance directives with the assistance of an attorney. In the event that the patient becomes incapacitated, their decisions will still be respected and they will receive the ethical and legal rights they are due.
As a patient, you are entitled to rights regarding the confidentiality of your health information. HIPAA, also known as the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a law that explains how your health information is accessed, used, and disclosed. HIPAA dictates matters regarding certain topics such as Hospital Privacy Notice and Patients privacy rights. If you would like more information, please contact the Office of Corporate Compliance at (340) 778 – 6311, ext 2728.
Patients that visit JFLH are asked to complete a Consent form authorizing treatment. The form is explained to the patient, and it is the patient’s decision whether they choose to sign the request for treatment. If additional consent forms are necessary, such as in the event of surgery or special procedures, the admitting physician or surgeon/diagnostician will explain. If the patient refuses to sign the Consent form, the admitting physician may authorize the admission if they feel that it is vital to the patient.
Once you have been admitted, a room will be assigned to you based on your medical diagnosis and any specific resources needed for your treatment. Most standard rooms will have a telephone, Cable TV, and nurse call system.
Each patient’s room has a telephone so that you can easily communicate family and friends during your stay at the hospital. The telephone is located on the night stand and the extension number is on the phone. The main hospital number to call is (340) 778-6311. Our operators can connect family and friends to a patient’s room or you can dial the extension to be automatically connected.
Each room is furnished with a television with cable access. Channel #3 lists featured hospital information for your convenience.
Each patient’s bedside and restroom are equipped with a nursing calling systems, so that our nursing staff can assist you.
JFLH does not assume responsibility for the personal property of patients admitted to the hospital. Patients are discouraged from bringing valuables or excess cash during their stay.
The Emergency Department (ED) services all of St. Croix, and attends to pediatric and adult patients seeking emergency services. The ED team responds to incidences including trauma, emergency cardiac care, emergency respiratory care, anaphylactic responses, acute abdomen, acute renal crisis and general signs and symptoms of sepsis and infectious diseases. ED also delivers care in regards to obstetrical and gynecological conditions. Our staff is certified in trauma and advance life support in order to better serve the community.
The ED Fast Track subdivision provides care to less severe emergency room patient as well. They also provide psychiatric and behavioral health services for the general community.
Our hospital provides the highest quality of cardiovascular prevention and treatment. We strive to give our patients the best care so that they can recover and live fulfilling lives. Our services include:
- Diagnostic Testing (EKG, Echo, Nuclear Medicine, Stress Testing, Cardioversion, Tilt Table Testing, Transesophageal Echo, Dobutamine Echo, Pacemaker & Defibrillator interrogations, Coronary and Peripheral Angiograms)
- Invasive Services (Internal Cardiac Debrillator Implantation, Permanent Pacemaker Implantation, Fistulagrams, Venograms, AV Graft Thombectomies, Coronary & Perpheral Thrombectomies, Intra-Vascular Ultrasound, Intra-Aortic Balloon Insertion, Fractional Flow Reserve Measurements)
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Services (Exercise Testing, Preventative & Post Myocardial Event Care, Smoking Cessation Assistance, Risk Factor Analysis/Stratification and Reduction, Nutritional Counseling, Exercise Management, Telemetry Monitoring, Weight Loss Assistance Program)
- Emergency Services & Acute Inpatient Care
- Cardiac Education
- Vascular Access Program
Our Laboratory and Pathology department plays a crucial role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of our patients. We manage an accredited laboratory that provide a vast range of services. Laboratory services include:
- Blood Gases – To determine the pH, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels of blood
- Chemistry/Special Chemistry – Analytical chemistry deals with detection (qualitative analysis) and determination (quantitative analysis) of substances in body fluids such as, serum, plasma, urine and blood. This portion of the laboratory includes chemical, spectrophotometric, immunochemical and immunoassay methods.
- Coagulation – To determine the clotting ability of a person’s blood.
- Hematology – To determine and monitor various conditions, such as anemia, leukemia, infection, cancer, etc.
- Microbiology – To identify organisms causing disease, and determine appropriate antibiotics for treatment.
- Therapeutic Drug Monitoring – To determine blood levels of various drugs used to treat diseases (e.g. dilantin, phenobarbitol digoxin, etc.)
- Transfusion Services – To determine a person’s blood type, identify antibodies, and crossmatch blood for transfusions.
- Urinalysis/Clinical Microscopy – To analyze urine and other body fluids for chemical and cellular components that aid in the diagnosis of disease.
Our Anatomic Pathology service, for determining disease and cause of death, are:
- Surgical tissues, biopsies, frozen sections
- Cytology, bone marrow studies, body fluids