By CHRISTIN COYNE
A Frisco-based hospital company has announced plans to build a physical rehabilitation hospital and begin providing inpatient physical therapy services in Weatherford next spring.
Located on the 3-acre, former American Legion site next door to Weatherford Regional Medical Center, the 27,000-square-foot Weatherford Rehabilitation Hospital will have 26 beds, all private rooms, with a cafeteria and dining facilities as well as a physical and occupational therapy gym area.
The hospital will be owned and operated by Maxim Management Group and is expected to be the first of at least three similar facilities built by the company in North Texas, company CEO Mark Harris said.
“We are looking forward to being a collaborative part of the medical community and enhancing the continuum of care for patients in the greater Weatherford area,” Harris said. “We are especially pleased by the reception from the Weatherford medical community and their enthusiasm to have local access to a high-quality inpatient physical rehabilitation facility.”
Currently, the closest facility offering similar care is 30 miles away in Fort Worth, according to Harris, who said Weatherford is underserved.
A feasibility study showed the Weatherford area has a growing Medicare, or 65 and older, population, Harris said. Weatherford Regional’s admissions have also grown significantly, he said, adding that it’s a growing community.
The referral-only rehab hospital is expected to receive patients coming from Weatherford Regional as well as draw from hospitals in Azle, Mineral Wells and surrounding areas.
They also expect some patients will be referred by skilled nursing facilities, while others, such as post-stroke patients who may be declining, will come from home.
Many area patients have been referred to other facilities but don’t want to make the 30-mile drive, Harris said. They hope to be able to serve that group, as well.