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Oklahoma City rehabilitation hospital to open in October with patient-focused care

The Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City, a 55,000-square-foot facility in northwest Oklahoma City, will open in October. It has three units to serve patients who have suffered brain injury or stroke or who need orthopedic rehabilitation.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: September 29, 2012 at 1:07 am •  Published: September 29, 2012

Health officials at a new rehabilitation hospital hope to provide seamless all-in-one care to a variety of patients.

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City, 5401 W Memorial Road, is set to open in mid-October. The 50-bed facility has units for stroke or brain injury patients or people who require orthopedic rehabilitation.

“Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital will serve patients who need rehab after an injury (or) after an illness,” said Sharon Smeltzer, the hospital's chief executive officer. “We will be focusing on returning the patient to their home or the highest level that they can return to.”

Throughout the hospital, pseudo-apartments serve as places where patients will readjust to daily living. For example, some of the apartments have a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, a bed, bathroom and kitchen.

Gyms in each unit are specific to the needs of the patients of that unit. In the brain injury unit, windows are placed higher to allow sunlight to enter but also provide privacy as patients recover.

The windows in the hospital can handle hurricane-force winds, meaning if a tornado throws a brick at one of the windows, it wouldn't necessarily break, said Zach Schmidt, the director of business development at the rehab hospital.

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City has had a small rehab unit for several years.

Special focus

Schmidt said one of the benefits of having a hospital-specific rehab building is that the entire facility is focused on rehabilitating patients.

“A lot of times, if the rehab is a unit in the hospital, the food will be brought up from the cafeteria to the unit and served there,” Schmidt said. “In this, the patients come up and make the selection of their own food. It's a little bit more realistic and in a real-world setting.”

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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