The Oberle Institute at Saint Louis University will work with patients and their families to foster resilience and maximal recovery grounded in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition of exceptional education and compassionate care.
Traumatically injured patients face two major issues: the injury itself and the trauma that created the injury. The physical, psychological and social consequences of traumatic injuries all play a major role in how a patient adapts during the recovery process.
As with the physical needs of the patient, if the psychological and social needs are not addressed, it’s more likely that quality of life will deteriorate and optimal post-traumatic growth will not be achieved.
Resilience, under the framework of positive psychology, is a crucial component of post-traumatic growth that helps thrive when facing adversity. It is largely responsible for the way individuals adapt to extremely adverse circumstances and gain an understanding of both the trauma and its negative psychological impact.
To ensure trauma patients achieve optimal post-traumatic growth, it is important to address several integral health-related constructs. Providing interdisciplinary, holistic, patient-centered care that promotes a positive quality of life, nurtures resilience and prepares a patient for a confident transition will empower a patient to thrive during recovery.
An expert team of physicians and other health care providers from Saint Louis University and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital will partner together to provide each patient with a personalized treatment program designed to rebuild body, mind and spirit in order to help them on the path to regaining independent living and discovering renewed life purpose.
During the in-patient phase of care, patients and their families and the Oberle Institute team will collaborate to develop an individualized care plan unique to each patient.
The Oberle Institute team includes leading trauma and wound care experts from the SLUCare Physician Group, a nursing coordinator, providers of several complementary therapies and a catastrophically injured patient advocate.