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Northwest Arkansas Hospitals Expand Physical Rehab To Meet Need

Posted: April 20, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO ANTHONY REYES Stacey Clark, a certified occupation therapy assistant, works April 11 with a patient in the inpatient gym in Fayetteville. The hospital, part of Washington Regional Medical Centeer, is expanding its facilities by adding a building. Also slated for construction is the old pool that will be filled in and renovated allowing the gym to be moved and expanded.

A growing population and the increasing number of strokes in Arkansas are among several forces bumping up the need for physical rehabilitation services, and area hospitals are taking steps to meet the demand, officials say.

By The Numbers

HealthSouth

w Size: 60 beds, 2 patients per room

w Occupancy: About 50, some must be isolated

w Expansion: Adds 20 beds

w Cost: Up to $7.4 million, split 50/50 between Washington Regional Medical Center and HealthSouth

Source: Staff Report

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