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June 25, 2013

Rehab hospital plans announced

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They expect to have about 500 patients each year, according to Harris. 

The services they provide are intended to be intermediate care and bridge a gap between medical care at an acute care hospital such as Weatherford Regional and less intensive services provided by home health care or a skilled-nursing facility, Harris said.  

Unlike a skilled-nursing facility, the hospital therapists will be full-time employees and provide a minimum of three hours of therapy to each patient every day, Harris said. 

In addition to therapy provided in the morning and afternoon, hospital staff help patients learn the activities of daily living, such as grooming themselves in the morning and getting ready for bed at night, he said. 

They try to extend the quality of life for patients and keep patients living actively and independently longer, Harris said.

According to the national average, about 80 percent of rehab hospital patients are able to return back home, Harris said. 

Patients typically stay 12 to 15 days in a rehab hospital, he said. 

During a stay, a team of medical professionals works with the patient and provides diet, nursing, and therapy care. 

In addition to 24-hour nursing care provided, the hospital will be equipped to care for those dealing with respiratory disease such as COPD, Harris said. 

The rehab hospital is expected to open in February or March and will be Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited, according to Harris. 

They expect to employ between 60 and 80 people, including a local administrator and CEO and therapists who live in the area but are currently commuting to Fort Worth.

Maxim Management Group is currently interviewing for the position of physiatrist, a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation who will oversee the care. 

Local doctors will admit and follow their own patients at the hospital, as well. 

The rehab hospital will also be working closely with WRMC and purchasing services from the acute care hospital, Harris said. 

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