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Feb. 1, 2018
The newly finished top floor of Avera McKennan’s Prairie Center is opening for rehabilitation patients.
The fifth floor build-out is part of $174 million in projects being done between the new Avera on Louise campus at 69th Street and Louise Avenue and the main hospital campus.
The new unit has 24 private rooms around the perimeter, with private bathrooms, heated floors and an enlarged space for additional technology. Patients move to the rehab unit following an acute hospital stay.
The unit will care for patients ranging in age from adolescents to seniors with a range of conditions and diagnoses, including stroke, head and spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputation and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
“Patients in rehab often have to relearn everything, from getting dressed to getting in and out of a car. They have had their whole lives turned around. This will be a healing, caring environment where this relearning can take place with the help of experienced rehabilitation physicians, and speech, occupational and physical therapists,” said Dave Flicek, president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
Patients stay in this unit longer than anywhere else in the organization – on average 12 to 14 days.
Special features of the unit include:
“Our patients need an environment that helps them recover well and where they can also feel at home,” said Dr. Thomas Ripperda, Avera Medical Group physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. “The Prairie Center is known for its patient-centered environment for world-class cancer care and outpatient surgery. Now, rehab is extremely proud to be here as well. Avera now has rehab facilities that are on a par with nationally known centers.”
The newly finished top floor of Avera McKennan’s Prairie Center is opening for rehabilitation patients. Take a look inside.