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Medical Services

     

The Donley Center provides on-site medical clearance to determine each patient's physical readiness for a physical therapy treatment program, ensuring safety for the patient, before starting any exercise. Vincent Pera, MD is the Director of Medical Services at the Donley Center. He conducts all of the medical clearance procedures for the Donley Center patients. Dr. Pera is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Brown University School of Medicine and a Diplomate, American Board of Disability Analysts.

Medical clearance procedures at the Donley Center are based upon assessment and monitoring of each patient's health status for risk factor screening, including cardiac risk assessment, electrocardiogram (EKG) and exercise tolerance testing. Monitoring the patient's ongoing medical conditions include screening for cardiac illness (angina, previous myocardial infraction, valvular disease, etc.), hypertension, diabetes, asthma and other illnesses. Determination of disability related to medical conditions is also measured. Assessment is done to address questions of medication abuse and/or dependence, alcohol abuse/dependence, and/or substance abuse/dependence.

The Medical Director also acts as the liaison between the Donley Center and the patient's referring and other physicians. In addition, Dr. Pera assists Donley Center rehabilitation treatment staff in developing rehabilitation plans for patients requiring medical restrictions and special medical monitoring. Health education and information are also available.


The Director of Medical Services is also responsible for ensuring the Donley Center's compliance with the Department of Health licensure regulations, including:

>   Monitoring all standards and procedures concerning the regulatory requirements of the Department of Health
>   Developing and maintaining an ongoing program of Quality Assurance
>   Developing and monitoring an ongoing program for Infection Control
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Participation in developing and coordinating continuous educational programs for the Donley Center staff and the community



 
RI Department of Labor and Training
Dr. John E. Donley Rehabilitation Center
249 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906


Phone: (401) 243-1200
Fax (401) 222-3887
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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