Hospital on a Hill – WK Rehabilitation Institute

A message from Willis-Knighton Health
System President and CEO James K Elrod. The hospital on the hill is now open. The WK Rehabilitation Institute Willis-Knighton Health System’s newest
hospital, the WK Rehabilitation Institute is now open to the public
representing the fulfillment of a dream to enhance our care to patients and
restore landmark building for our community. Those who travel along I-20
frequently can appreciate that just 18 months ago this hospital in its
prominent position overlooking I-20 and Line Avenue was an abandoned structure
blighting the cityscape. Formerly the home of the well respected Doctors Hospital,
the property’s only future was considered by many to be a date with a
wrecking ball. To Willis-Knighton, this building provided a solid core for
renovation that could make this iconic campus a beacon at the gateway to
downtown Shreveport. The location and attractive acquisition
cost led me to believe that by comprehensively revitalizing the
structure we could once again make this site a place of healing and caring and a
source of pride for the greater community. The WK Rehabilitation
Institute provides comprehensive physical and behavioral rehabilitation
as well as outpatient dialysis in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility. The
physical rehabilitation program is the only one in our region to meet the rigid
standards required for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of
Rehabilitation Facilities commonly known as “KARF”. The opening of the WK Rehabilitation
Institute reinforces Willis Knighton’s role as a vital engine for economic
growth in Shreveport’s inner-city neighborhoods which for many years have
been declining. It has also afforded an opportunity to
preserve the legacy of Doctors Hospital which was established in 1907 and
touched countless lives over many decades. Reinvesting in our neighborhoods
and honoring cherished legacies are hallmarks of the Willis-Knighton Health
System that vividly demonstrate our stewardship in a community we are proud
to call home. My hope is that Willis-Knighton Health
Systems new hospital on the hill will serve as a catalyst not only for
economic growth but also for community pride. The WK Rehabilitation Institute
demonstrates that a dream indeed can become a reality. Sincerely James K.Elrod
president and CEO Willis-Knighton Health System. you

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