Members of the surrounding community recently joined AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares, Florida, United States, to celebrate the opening of a new 12-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. The center was the final phase of an 111,000-square-foot (10,300-square-meter), US$85 million expansion.
“We are excited to open this inpatient rehab facility. This is a whole new kind of service and is the only one in Lake County,” said J. Coomes, AdventHealth Waterman executive director of rehab services.
Previously, patients and families had to travel to other counties to obtain these services. Now, patients from Lake County can stay close to home and recover within the community.
“The patients who come to inpatient rehab have had a major event,” Coomes said. “They’ve had a stroke or some other event that’s really changed their life and changed their family’s life. Keeping them close to home, where the family can continue to be there for them, is essential to helping them recover.”
The Inpatient Rehab Center at AdventHealth Waterman specializes in stroke and brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as patients with cardiac conditions, amputations, neurological disorders, and respiratory difficulties. These patients need at least three hours of therapy per day and require multidisciplinary expertise to recover.
All of the rooms in the Inpatient Rehab Center at AdventHealth Waterman are private. In addition, the new unit includes a bariatric room with a larger entryway and bathroom to more comfortably care for patients over 750 pounds (340 kilograms).