St. David’s Georgetown Hospital is expanding its inpatient rehabilitation ward by adding three beds along with new equipment and technology to encourage patient mobility, said Skyler Reed, the hospital’s chief operating officer.
The $2.5 million project will bring the hospital’s total number of inpatient beds to 22 and will allow for a 15 percent increase in patients the ward can serve every year, which equates to about 72 additional patients annually, according to St. David’s HealthCare.
The expansion includes adding new equipment in the hospital’s rehab gym. The project will also add space in the gym for a mobility-therapy walkway, known as a colonnade, which will be equipped with a ceiling-mounted track and harness system.
“This is going to allow us to put patients into a lift and do physical therapy on them that we haven’t been able to do in the past,” Reed said. “We’re very excited about that.”
Construction, which began in April, will happen in three phases. Expanded gym facilities will be ready for patients by September. The three new beds in the ward will be ready by December, according to St. David’s.
Reed said the hospital has seen an uptick in patients who have suffered strokes and traumatic brain injuries as well as lower-extremity fractures, including fractures to the hips and femurs. Increased complexity in patient needs presents new challenges for the hospital’s rehab facility, Reed said.
“St. David’s Georgetown Hospital as a whole and our rehab facility have seen a lot of new, complex cases here in Georgetown,” Reed said. “Our inpatient rehab mix has changed in the types of patients that we see.”
People who receive inpatient rehab care at the hospital stay in the facility for 12-13 days on average, Reed said. The facility can treat any referred patient who is 18 years old or older, although the average patient is 71 years old. Patients come from both Georgetown and around Central Texas.