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

Smeltzer said each unit has a small day space that can serve as a meeting place for families to talk about the upcoming changes in their loved one's life.

“Those of us who have been in rehab for many, many years know that there's a lot of family talk that has to take place when you're in rehab,” Smeltzer said. “Usually, it's that final decision-making — are we going to be able to go home? What's it going to look like if we go home? Are we going to unfortunately have to go to a nursing home?”

Smeltzer expects to see a wide age-range of patients and a variety of injuries treated at the hospital. The hospital staff includes rehabilitation nurses, a psychologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and social workers.

There are also bariatric rooms designed for patients who are overweight or obese and might need a larger bed and other related accommodations.

Patients played a role in the building's design, officials said. In the brain injury unit of the hospital, only one wall in each room is painted and the overall wing is purposefully designed in a way that's less stimulating.

In the outdoor patio area, there's a stand-alone door that patients can use to practice going through. There are also different types of surfaces, such as pavement and hilly grass areas, that patients can practice walking across.

“Every aspect of this facility is focused on rehabilitation,” Smeltzer said.

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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