SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight - Mercy Hospital
By: Jacquelyn Cameli (DPT Class of 2022)
I am so thankful to have had my clinical experience at Mercy Hospital for Acute Care Physical Therapy, in Springfield, Missouri. I especially enjoyed the fast-paced schedule, as well as the diverse workday, variability, and unpredictability that occurred from day to day regarding my patient caseload in being that no two days were the same. I evaluated, educated, and treated patients on the Cardiac Floor, Emergency Department (ED), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Oncology Floor, Neurological Floor, COVID Step- Down Unit, Burn Unit, Orthopedic Floor, Gynecology Floor, as well as within Psychiatric Center. I enjoyed working with patients thoroughly, and problem-solving scenarios to ensure that patients were discharging safely and appropriately, as well as discussing different rehabilitation options (Inpatient Rehabilitation (IPR), Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Home Health Physical Therapy, Outpatient Physical Therapy) when appropriate. I am very thankful for each patient interaction and to have been involved within their care. I am thankful for all of the health care professionals at Mercy Hospital that I crossed paths with including other Physical Therapists (PTs), Nurses, Personal Care Assistants (PCAs), Physical Therapy Assistances (PTAs), Occupational Therapists (OTs), Speech Therapists (STs), Respiratory Therapists (RTs), Hospitalists, Surgeons, and Medical Doctors (MDs).