Immanuel's new inpatient rehab center offers a private place to heal, more room

The $11 million center opens Monday.

The entrance to Immanuel Medical Center's 35-bed inpatient Rehabilitation Center looks more like the lobby of a hotel than a hospital floor.

The 32,600-square-foot, $11 million center, which will open Monday, was constructed near the hospital's first-floor outpatient rehab center and exercise pool. It will bring the total space at Immanuel devoted to rehab to 75,000 square feet.

The center offers accommodations for families, a dining room, high-end therapeutic equipment and an outdoor healing garden.

Inpatient rehab patients have been on the hospital's eighth floor, which had 19 mostly semi-private rooms that could accommodate 30 patients. The new area has private rooms, which is what patients say they want, said Jill Powers, operational leader for Alegent Creighton Health's rehabilitation services.

Immanuel is one of the hospitals in the Alegent Creighton Health system.

“People shop for rehab,” Powers said. The fact that Immanuel didn't have private rehab rooms was a negative for some people, she said.

Each of the new patient rooms has about 350 square feet. The size allows plenty of room for the equipment that people need for rehab, such as wheelchairs or walkers, and space for family members, who Powers said are a huge part of the rehab process.

Three of the rooms have lift systems that can help nurses move the patients from their beds to the bathroom using a ceiling-mounted track.

Each patient in the unit also will be assigned an iPad that he or she can use to watch video of rehab sessions, run applications that help with hand-eye coordination and memory, manage schedules and communicate with family and friends. Patients also can do computer work and watch educational videos on the TVs in their rooms.

Common areas will include computers that family members can use and will provide meeting space where patients and their families can talk with others going through similar challenges.

Immanuel's inpatient rehab has handled about 600 patients per year, Powers said. The new center will be able to accommodate 1,000 patients per year, she said.

“It's a low-volume but high-intensity service,” she said.

In comparison, Immanuel's outpatient rehab unit handles 150 to 200 patients per day.

Construction on the inpatient unit began last March. The Alegent Creighton Health Foundation and the Immanuel Medical Center Charitable Council are raising the remaining $1.7 million for the project.

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