Mercy is now accepting patients in a new rehabilitation unit inside Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. The unit helps adults who have experienced a loss of function or disability due to injury or illness.
Mercy has partnered with Kentucky-based Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services to operate the new unit. Kindred is an acute rehabilitation service provider working with 95 partner hospitals in the U.S. in addition to running 22 freestanding facilities. Kindred provides physical, occupational and speech-language therapies to more than 1,500 hospitals and long-term care facilities in 46 states.
The new 22-bed inpatient unit at Mercy features all private rooms for patients recovering from a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, orthopedic surgery and other conditions. Mercy said it will help meet a growing demand for inpatient rehabilitation services in the community.
“We’re very pleased to be opening this unit, which will offer families in Northwest Arkansas a place where loved ones recovering after hospital stays can begin to rebuild their skills and function in a supportive health care environment,” Mercy Hospital President Eric Pianalto said in a statement. “These special services, like all health care at Mercy, will be delivered with compassion in the spirt of the Sisters of Mercy.”
An interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and other health professionals will design a treatment plan to help a patient restore lost ability and function. Intensive monitoring and therapy help patients regain skills more quickly in a safe, controlled environment. The goal is to support patients while they recover, so they can return home and resume normal activities, according to Mercy.
“This new unit at Mercy will be home to a team of health care professionals dedicated to providing high-quality inpatient rehabilitation services and passionate advocacy for patients that enhance the lives of individuals throughout Northwest Arkansas,” Laird Smithson, chief operating officer for Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services, said in the release. “We are excited to expand our relationship with Mercy to offer the community increased access to quality care focused on providing hope, healing and recovery.”