Encompass Health announced Friday the 50-bed inpatient hospital has opened in Lakeland.
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital at 1201 Oakbridge Parkway serves patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries, including strokes and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and complex orthopedic conditions, a press release said.
“We are excited to open this new hospital in Lakeland to help individuals recovering from major illnesses and injuries regain the strength and function needed to reach their highest levels. of freedom, ”said Sharon Hayes, CEO of the hospital.
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In addition to 24-hour nursing care, the hospital “offers physical, occupational and speech therapies to restore ability and quality of life,” the release says.
Encompass Health of Lakeland received its first patients on Wednesday. The hospital has hired 135 employees. Enhabit Home Health-Lakeland also provides home health services in the area.
The hospital’s investment is more than $ 40 million. The Lakeland site achieves many purposes, including proximity to the patient population, access to major roads and a convenient location for doctors to tour the hospital.
The hospital has all private patient rooms, two large therapy gyms, a suite for activities of daily living, a therapy field, a cafeteria and a dayroom.
Patients will receive at least three hours per day of therapy for five days per week, access to advanced technologies and regular visits to a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician during their stay. The average length of stay for patients is 12-14 days.
“This state-of-the-art hospital, combined with our team of experts and advanced technologies, will provide specialized care, close to home,” Hayes said.
“We are very grateful for the support we have received from the community and for the opportunity to serve as a reliable choice in the region for rehabilitation,” he said.
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Lakeland is the company’s 148th inpatient rehabilitation hospital and its 16th in Florida, with three more hospitals expected to open in Florida this year.
“Through market research, we identify Lakeland as a service-deficient area for inpatient rehabilitation and an area with high growth for the patient population we typically serve,” said Danielle Hall. senior public relations manager for Encompass.
“At Encompass Health, our average patient population is over the age of 65, and Lakeland represents a growing retirement community,” he said. “Because it is important for patients to receive care in the communities in which they live, we recognize the opportunity to add significant value to this community by creating a new hospital that will focus on high quality clinical outcomes and cost-effective., individualized care.
“The hospital will add to existing acute care services offered in the community and provide easier access to continuing care for many patients who are ready to leave the acute care setting but are not yet ready. on the way home, ”Hall said.
All family and visitors must complete a temperature check in the hospital lobby, he said. Employees are required to wear a mask in patient care areas, and immunizations are required for all Encompass Health staff unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption.
Encompass Health in Lakeland has two isolation rooms and six negative pressure rooms.
Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health is a publicly sold, integrated health care service provider, offering facility-based and home-based patient care through a network of hospitals. in inpatient rehabilitation, home health agencies and hospice agencies.
In addition to its 148 hospitals, it operates 252 home health locations and 99 hospice locations in 42 states and Puerto Rico.