Construction has begun on a new physical/occupational therapy department at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
"This construction project will provide our patients with easy access to therapy sessions that are crucial to their recovery and rehabilitation," said Interim Administrator, Jerry Laue. "Our patients are currently receiving therapy in two converted patient rooms and this will allow us to customize the settings for individual needs."
The new 3,000-square-foot department will be in the St. Vincent Medical Office complex located on the hospital's campus. It will include private treatment rooms, a pediatric treatment room, whirlpools and gym area. The occupational therapy area will have a complete living area with appliances and bathroom to re-train patients who have physical limitations.
"We are thrilled to have the new area for our departments," said Janna Kissel, physical therapist. "In addition to the new equipment, we will be able to offer new programs, such as women's health, joint conservation education and sports medicine."
Existing programs, such as stroke rehabilitation, orthopedic strengthening and pediatrics will continue in the new space.
Kissel said the new space would improve the community's perception of the department's capabilities and create convenience and accessibility for patients. The additional space will also create increased appointment availability.
"This is another example of how St. Vincent Clay Hospital is growing to meet the needs of the population we serve," Laue noted. "Our local healthcare ministry is continuing to find innovative ways to further our mission by increasing our access and the services we provide."
Construction, at a cost of $154,000, will be completed by mid-summer.