We began serving the West Mobile community in 1995 when the doors of our rehabilitation and wellness center opened. In 2017, the center was refurbished to include new décor and updated fitness equipment, and renamed to honor longtime Board member and dedicated Providence Hospital supporter Beth M. Rouse. Today, the 20,000-square-feet Beth M. Rouse Rehabilitation and Wellness Center is considered a Level 5 fitness facility by the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, which means it meets strict standards in safety and staffing.
Features of the facility include:
- Two heated indoor pools
- Exercise testing lab
- Cardiovascular and weight training room with all new equipment
- Dedicated space for land and water aerobics classes
Monday – Friday:
5:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
6904 Providence Park Drive
Mobile, AL 36695
Phone (251) 266-2090
Fax (251) 266-2091
Programs and Services
The Beth M. Rouse Rehabilitation and Wellness Center is home to a variety of comprehensive outpatient services that represent Providence Hospital’s commitment to rehabilitation, wellness and lifestyle programs for the community. Services offered include:
- Physical Therapy
- Adult Wellness Program
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- SilverSneakers® Fitness Programs
Our philosophy is to promote healthy living by helping you to reach your optimal level of physical, emotional, vocational and spiritual health. We provide medically based and scientifically sound treatment – both lifestyle and behavioral change programs – that can improve quality of life. All of our rehabilitative and wellness programs focus on wellness concepts that will help you improve and maintain your own health and are specifically designed for each individual’s unique health needs. The center is staffed by knowledgeable and caring rehabilitation professionals who are dedicated to providing quality health care that align with the core values of Providence Hospital: service of the poor, reverence, integrity, wisdom, creativity, and dedication. And, because we have combined a variety of rehabilitation and wellness services under one roof, you will find all the necessary treatments and programs you need in one convenient location.
Illness, injury, surgery and aging can all take a toll on the body, affecting its ability to perform as it should. Pain, swelling and stiffness can interfere with everyday activities. That’s why our physical therapy team is here – to help you recover lost function through a personalized rehabilitation plan.
The hallmark of our physical therapy program is individualized, compassionate care. Our therapists emphasize active participation which means that our patients are involved in the planning, goal setting and implementation of their rehabilitation program from start to finish. Your personal therapy team will use research-based interventions to plan your care, treat your condition and help you return to a level of physical activity that suits your individual circumstances.
Our 6,000-square-feet physical therapy clinic, located within the Beth M. Rouse Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, is equipped with the latest rehabilitation technology available. Our therapists employ a variety of fitness equipment and treatment modalities, including ultrasound, electrical stimulation and Biodex isokinetics, to reduce discomfort and restore mobility and balance.
Some physical needs are best met in an aquatic environment, so we offer a private, heated pool for off-loading joints and working on balance and conditioning. Water therapy is excellent for treating fibromyalgia, chronic pain, arthritis and spinal pain.
Scope of Practice
Physical therapy can address and improve both acute and chronic conditions such as joint pain, arthritis, spine disorders and balance issues that impact your comfort and mobility,
- Spine Disorders: Our therapists are trained in the McKenzie approach and the Maitland manual technique. Both are effective in treating postural pain, instability, muscle strain, facet joint concerns, herniated or bulging discs, stenosis, sacroiliac joint issues, scoliosis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis and post-operative conditions.
- Orthopedics: Many of our physical therapy patients have undergone total hip, total knee and total shoulder replacements. Other orthopedic conditions our team is skilled in treating include rotator cuff tears and repairs, hand injuries that do not require custom splinting, athletic injuries such as ACL tears and repairs, post-operative fractures, foot pain and even basic sprains and strains. We can also evaluate your feet and recommend special shoe orthotics if needed.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation: Our clinic is one of only a few physical therapy centers in the area to offer vestibular rehabilitation, using brain recalibration techniques to evaluate and treat vertigo and dizziness. We also offer balance therapy to treat balance and walking difficulties to help you avoid falls.
Adult Wellness Program
Our adult wellness program provides medically-oriented exercise and education designed to help you improve your functional ability and health through specialized land and aquatic classes. Our center is classified by the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Level 5 facility, which means our adult wellness program serves clients with such clinical needs as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The Level 5 designation also requires that we have emergency equipment on site as well as certified ACSM Exercise Specialists. That means our staff is composed of qualified professionals who are skilled at providing safe and effective exercise recommendations tailored to individual fitness goals and medical needs. All of our wellness program staff members are qualified professionals who have obtained college degrees at the bachelor and master levels, as well as national certifications from ACSM.
To help us tailor your fitness regimen to your particular goals and abilities, we require the following from all participants:
- Completion of the Health History Questionnaire <click here to print>
- Signed review of Rules and Regulations *See Health Questionnaire
- A signed Physicians’ Referral <click here to print>
- Graded Exercise Test (if required by your referring physician)
- No hospitalization from cardiac or pulmonary disease within the past year.
Regardless of your fitness level, you’ll find a land and aquatic class that’s just right for you, from chair-based exercise to higher intensity workouts. All classes are taught by certified instructors who are experienced at adapting the format of the class to the specific needs of the participants. Please note that membership in the Beth M. Rouse Rehabilitation and Wellness Center is required to attend any of the classes.
Wellness Center Membership
Because everybody has their own individual fitness goals, we offer a variety of memberships to the center. All memberships are non-contractual and monthly billing is provided as a courtesy for our 2,000+ members.
- Adult wellness membership for singles, couples or families
- Providence employees and volunteers
- Senior Spirit members (55 years or older)
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is a medically supervised rehabilitative program designed for those with heart and lung disease. The American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have classified us as a Level 5 facility for our Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, which means we have met the rigorous equipment and personnel requirements for the highest classification a fitness center can attain. Registered nurses, certified exercise specialists and a physician oversee the program. Emergency equipment, including a drug cart, oxygen and defibrillator, are always on-site and available.
The components of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program include cardiopulmonary exercise therapy, health education and emotional support for the patients and their families. The major goal of the program is to restore participants to an active and enjoyable lifestyle and to reduce the risk of future cardiac or pulmonary problems and complications.
We also strive to:
- Improve cardiopulmonary functional capacity
- Establish safe and effective exercise practices
- Prevent secondary cardiac events by modifying risk factors
- Decrease symptoms of heart and lung disease
- Return participants to active employment and recreational activities
- Improve understanding of heart and lung disease
- Manage emotional stress
- Improve overall quality of life
Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Individualized treatment plans are developed by the exercise and case management team and are updated on a daily basis to provide important clinical information for your physician and for the overall program design.
For those needing cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation but who have orthopedic or other limitations that prevent participation in traditional land-based exercise therapy, we offer aquatic rehabilitation. This medically-supervised aquatic exercise program is held in a heated swimming pool to promote healthy cardiorespiratory fitness. Classes are designed for patients with coronary atherosclerotic disease or pulmonary disease whose health has stabilized prior to participating in aquatic therapy. The classes are supervised by exercise physiologists, registered nurses and a physician, and are taught by certified aerobic instructors.
The program is comprised of 36 sessions that meet three to five times a week for 12 to 18 weeks. Each session includes exercise therapy and education. At every session, each participant receives a personalized exercise “prescription” that is prepared and individualized by a ACSM certified exercise specialist. An individualized plan of care is also implemented. Blood pressure, heart rate, ECG and pulse oximetry are closely monitored during the exercise therapy sessions to evaluate the patient’s tolerance to exercise. Supplemental oxygen is available for anyone who may need it.
Additional programming is available for those with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, who experience reduced blood flow in the arteries in the legs which causes pain while walking.
All patients entering the cardiac rehab program must receive a physician referral with a diagnosis of any of the following clinical conditions:
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Congestive heart failure
- Valve replacement
- Other cardiovascular illnesses
Patients entering the pulmonary rehab program must have a physician referral and a diagnosis of any of the following clinical conditions:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
- Asthmatic bronchitis
- Other pulmonary disorders
Please note: Insurance coverage for the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is subject to individual carriers and plans. Verification of coverage will be provided on-site, but should be confirmed by the patient prior to participation.
SilverSneakers® Fitness Program
The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is offered at no charge for those who have participating insurance carriers and plans. SilverSneakers® includes special fitness classes to build muscle strength, improve range of motion, and enhance cardiopulmonary health. SilverSneakers® members may use all areas of the center with unlimited visits per month.
Clinical Internship Programs
The clinical internships offered at the Beth M. Rouse Rehabilitation and Wellness Center offer a rewarding clinical experience for exercise science students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students will gain hands-on experience working with patients with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic and neurologic limitations. As clinical interns, they will become proficient at heart rate and blood pressure measurement, gain an understanding of appropriate cardiovascular responses to exercise and learn to develop exercise programs. Hands-on experience includes implementing exercise prescriptions provided from our exercise testing laboratory and monitoring exercise responses and tolerance using continuous electrocardiogram telemetry, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation and heart rate. In addition to the practical experience, students will attend educational lectures to enhance the learning opportunity. They may also assist or observe in a variety of areas and programs including the adult wellness program, inpatient and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, special needs program, exercise testing lab and outpatient or surgical procedures.
The Application Process
Internships will be awarded to knowledgeable, competent students with a sincere interest in working with patients to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular, pulmonary metabolic or orthopedic considerations. The internship program requires the student to have a keen desire for increasing their knowledge base of clinical exercise physiology.
The application process begins with a scheduled interview with the department manager and the internship coordinator to discuss specifics of the internship and ensure that the needs of the program match the aspirations of the student. A maximum number of students may be accepted per semester based on the interview process and schedule availability. Once selected for the program and at least four weeks prior to the start of the internship, the student will need to present an agreement for signatures between his/her academic institution and Providence Hospital and also complete and show evidence of the following requirements:
- Affiliation with school
- Current CPR certification
- Hepatitis B vaccination
- Tuberculosis screen (PPD)
- Student liability insurance
- Appropriate dress code (navy blue scrubs, white lab coat, athletic shoes)
We currently have affiliation agreements with the institutions listed below. Others can be added by completing and submitting an approved affiliation agreement between the school and Providence Hospital.
- Auburn University
- Louisiana State University
- North Georgia College and State University
- Troy University
- United States Sports Academy
- University of South Alabama
- University of Southern Mississippi
- University of Mobile
Upon meeting all admission requirements, students will meet with the internship coordinator to receive a formal work schedule. All student interns will undergo an initial orientation and skills demonstration before working with patients. Following the orientation period, students will be expected to work with the staff of ACSM clinical exercise specialists®, exercise physiologists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians. For more information, contact the center at (251) 266-2090.