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Currently, rehabilitation services are offered at Mercy’s main campus in Springfield. The new facility will double the capacity of the current space, which offers 35 beds.
Dr. Robert Steele, president of Mercy Springfield, says there’s a significant need for this type of facility…
"It's Level I trauma center for Arkansas and Missouri as well as the region's only burn unit. We see a lot of patients who have the need for a specialized rehabilitation. This facility will help us offer things like an apartment where patients can practice every day the things that they need to prepare meals, washing dishes, walking trails with varying surfaces. That will allow patients to work on improving their mobility," he said.
There will also be dedicated rooms for burn patients, a dedicated stroke unit with specialized equipment and pet therapy and recreation programs.
Dr. Hollis Bell, medical director of rehabilitation at Mercy Springfield, says there will also be private rooms with space for families…
"Which has not previously been true but becomes more and more important with more infectious diseases that we need to make sure that people are in isolation for. It also allows the ability for more families to stay overnight for these prolonged hospital stays," she said.
She says there will be mechanical lifts over beds and in therapy gyms over the parallel bars to support patients.
Outdoor space will include a basketball hoop and putting green and uneven surfaces for patients to practice walking on.
And Bell says patients as young as 13 will continue to be served…
"Pers0ns with spinal cord injuries and people under the age of 16 and 18 have been told in the past that they needed to travel to a distant city--three hours away and away from their families and their support systems for their rehabilitation, but that's not true, and this becomes tangible, concrete representation to let the community know that those services are available right here," she said.
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield is a partnership between Mercy and Centerre Healthcare Corporation, which develops and operates rehabilitation hospitals across the country.
Construction on the new facility is expected to take about a year.