Page Memorial Hospital debuts rehab services facility

Page News and Courier

LURAY, May 23 ― An old ER has a new purpose in Page County.

Local patients receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy services will now be treated at a “rehabilitated” rehab facility on the Page Memorial Hospital campus.

Valley Health officials debuted the 7,000-square-foot Outpatient Rehabilitation Services facility during an open house on Tuesday. The facility officially opened last Tuesday.

“The more people who take advantage of physical therapy and health, we think the better a community will be,” said Valley Health's CEO and President Mark Merrill. “We hope that the community responds favorably and sees this as part of our continued expansion to keep Page County and Luray healthy.”

The Valley Health System's latest $1.5 million project includes seven private treatment rooms, one speech therapy room and a 1,200-square-foot central gym area. The facility is located in the parking lot adjacent to PMH, in the only remaining portion of the old hospital, which was constructed in 1999. Renovations to the former emergency department began in November.

Since 2015 when Valley Health launched a new, $37 million PMH, rehabilitation services had been offered at the main building. The move across the parking lot allows current hospital departments to expand, while establishing new services at the rehab facility.

The extra space at the hospital will enable PMH's cardiac rehabilitation space to utilize a 700-square-foot area previously shared with physical therapy services. New services including wound care and women's health are in the works for the outpatient rehabilitation facility, and an outdoor field behind the building is underway for a young athlete program for middle and high school and college students. Hospital officials plan to partner with an orthopedic surgeon who is slated to join the Valley Health team in August.

“To get all of [the rehabilitation services] in a common space allows everyone to work as a team and enhances the patient's experience,” said Director of Rehabilitation Services Dannette Fortney, noting the benefit of having multiple health services in a community. “We want to make sure that we provide the patients with expert care that they don't have to travel out of the county for.”

Modern health facilities not only make way for new and better services, said PMH President Travis Clark, but recruiting physicians.

“It's a recruitment tool to attract new doctors who are drawn to the beauty of the area and who want to make a difference in their family's, friend's and neighbor's lives,” said Clark.

PMH's newest physical therapist, Sarah Pierce, for instance, returned to her hometown in part because of Valley Health's latest project.

“It's the best facility I've ever worked for,” Pierce said.

Three-year PMH physical therapist Katherine Hawk echoed that sentiment.

“It's phenomenal to have this much space and so much more we can offer now to the residents here in Page County,” said Hawk. “Everyone who walks in comments on the 'wow factor.'”

The refurbished building serves as the final project planned for the PMH campus on Memorial Drive, said Clark.

“This really is an exclamation point on our campus,” Clark said. “The whole campus has been transformed in eight-and-a-half years. It's pretty remarkable.”

Since joining Valley Health in December 2008, the PMH campus has grown to include a 67,000-square-foot hospital in addition to a multi-speciality clinic and a $4.1 million family internal medicine facility. Including the rehab services facility, said Clark, those projects represent a more-than $40-million investment in Page County, and continue the health system's expansion trend in Page and beyond.

In May 2012 PMH opened a $1 million Shenandoah Health Care Center, before debuting Washington's Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital Family Medicine in 2015.

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