The organizational mission of Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital is to consider the children first in all we do. In service to its mission, Ranken Jordan provides for the medical and rehabilitative needs of medically complex children, from birth to age 21, after their critical care needs have been met at acute care hospitals, and before they are able to safely transition from hospital to home. Ranken Jordan thus serves as the bridge between the acute care setting and home, providing Care Beyond the Bedside, a highly effective model of care that considers the whole child.
Care Beyond the Bedside includes comprehensive rehabilitative therapies, nurturing and encouragement, learning, play, socialization, family involvement, adaptive sports and community integration. These elements, working in concert, provide a medically complex child’s best opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential and greatest future independence.
About The Tilles Foundation Relationship
In 2016, The Tilles Foundation made a gift of $150,000 to help the hospital add a wing, increasing the number of beds available from 34 to 60. Ranken Jordan is well-aligned with the Tilles Foundation’s mission of helping diverse children in need in the St. Louis region. Like Founder Andrew “Cap” Tilles, Ranken Jordan understands and embraces the need for restorative, park-like surroundings for the benefit of health and well-being, and sporting and recreational opportunities to enhance the lives of children and families. For many years, the Tilles Foundation has helped Ranken Jordan provide these opportunities for the children it serves.
Tilles Foundation support has impacted thousands of medically complex children at Ranken Jordan, from birth to age 21, improving their health and wellness, abilities and function, as well as their present and future independence. Tens of thousands more will be impacted in the coming years because of the Tilles Foundation gift toward construction of a new wing of the hospital, intended to provide a more welcoming and age-appropriate space for the hospital’s adolescent patients.
Who Ranken Jordan Serves
Patients at Ranken Jordan represent the most medically complex 1% of all pediatric patients, whose needs consume 40% of all pediatric health care dollars. Common admitting diagnoses are spinal cord injuries resulting in full or partial paralysis, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), premature birth and/or complications of birth, cardiac arrest or stroke, cancer, trauma, burns, and diseases and disorders of the heart, respiratory, musculoskeletal or metabolic systems. Many Ranken Jordan patients have multiple medical conditions upon admittance, and may also have developmental and psychological needs. Often such extreme needs result in financial devastation for families. For this reason among others, 85% of Ranken Jordan Patients are Medicaid-eligible, and many live at or below the poverty line.
Ranken Jordan provides rehabilitative care that helps each child build or restore as much function as possible under their respective circumstances. Stays at Ranken Jordan average 42 days, although some children remain for months or years. During their unique Ranken Jordan experience, kids are up and out of their rooms for up to 70% of every day, engaged in adaptive sports, games, indoor and outdoor play activities, expressive therapies, such as art, music and horticulture, cognitive challenges and more. Kids are also engaged in supportive counseling, speech and communication therapies, physical therapy, recreational therapy (including Challenger Baseball and golf), warm water aquatics and occupational therapy. The hospital also provides an educational liaison—to help kids maintain grade level while hospitalized.
Ranken Jordan also operates its own medically safe day camps for kids with disabilities, and a provides community integration excursions to places such as the St. Louis Zoo, the Science Center, the Magic House, Cardinals baseball games, the theater and other kid-friendly venues.
For more information about Ranken Jordan, please visit http://www.rankenjordan.org