Orange Park Rehabilitation Center on their new rehab facility


>>>WELCOME BACK. WE HAVE THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR AND THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR. WE HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT TODAY. WELCOME TO YOU BOTH. WE’RE INTERESTED ABOUT THIS. TELL US WHAT MAKES THIS UNIQUE?>>IT’S THE ONLY CENTER IN CLAY COUNTY SO I THINK THAT IS A HUGE ASSET TO THE MEMBERS OF CLAY COUNTY, THE COMMUNITY OF CLAY COUNTY. IT’S A NEW FACILITY WITH 20 PATIENT ROOMS. IT’S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.>>THAT’S EXCELLENT. YOU TALK ABOUT PRIVATE ROOMS. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO SHARE ROOMS. EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN ROOM. WHAT SETS YOUR FACILITY APART, DOCTOR?>>WELL, A FEW THINGS. ONE AS SHE MENTIONED IT’S BRAND-NEW, IT’S GORGEOUS. THEY’RE SPACIOUS ROOMS AND IT’S A NICE ATMOSPHERE TO DO YOUR REHABILITATION. THE OTHER THING IS SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY, WHERE YOU’RE DOING THERAPY AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. SOMETIMES THERAPISTS TAKE A BREAK ON THE WEEKENDS. WE ARE A STAFF AND WE DON’T TAKE A BREAK. WE DO THERAPY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK AT OUR PROGRAM.>>THERE’S A BIG MISCONCEPTION I KNOW OUT THERE PRETTY MUCH UNIVERSALLY ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REHAB FACILITY AND A NURSING HOME. MUCH OF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE QUALITY OF CARE. COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE TO THE VIEWERS AT HOME?>>ABSOLUTELY. IN ACUTE PATIENT REHAB FACILITY, THE PATIENT IS GOING TO GET 24-HOUR REHAB NURSING CARE PLUS THERE WILL BE A PHYSICIAN THERE EVERY DAY ON CALL 24 HOURS, SO IN A SKILLED NURSING FACILITY THEY ROUND ONLY ONCE A MONTH, SO THAT’S WHAT SEPARATES US FROM THE SKILLED NURSING FACILITY.>>WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT, LIKE YOU WERE SAYING, IT’S PRETTY MUCH AROUND THE CLOCK IF SOMEBODY NEEDS HELP, THEY DON’T HAVE TO WAIT.>>IT’S RIGHT ON THE HOSPITAL CAMPUS. ALL OF THE ACUTE CARE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE HOSPITAL ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PATIENTS IN THE REHAB FACILITY.>>THIS IS A TEMPORARY FACILITY FOR PEOPLE TO GET BETTER AFTER THEY I GUESS ARE CLEARED, AFTER THEY GET TO A CERTAIN POINT AFTER THEY FUNCTION ON THEIR OWN OR WHAT HAPPENS, THEY GO HOME, INTO A NURSING FACILITY THEN ON YOU YOU — OR HOW DOES IT WORK?>>OUR GOAL IS TO GET EVERYONE TO GO HOME. IN SOME CASES THEY CAN’T AND THEN THEY MAY GO TO ANOTHER NURSING FACILITY, BUT IN THE MEANWHILE, WHILE THEY’RE AT OUR FACILITY, WE’RE TRAINING THE FAMILIES ALSO, SO THEY MAKE THE TRANSITION TO HOME A LOT EASIER.>>WE HAVE AN ACTIVITY OF DAILY LIVING SUITE, IT’S SET UP LIKE A HOME APARTMENT, A REGULAR BED, A REGULAR KITCHEN IN THERE WHERE THE PATIENTS CAN PRACTICE THE THINGS THEY WOULD NEED TO DO WHEN THEY GO HOME IN A REAL CONTROLLED SETTING, A THERAPIST AND/OR A PHYSICIAN.>>IS THAT ONE OF THE ROOMS WE’RE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW?>>PATIENT ROOMS, PRIVATE ROOMS, THEY ALL HAVE BEAUTIFUL BIG WINDOWS AND STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES.>>AND THAT’S THE NURSING STATION RIGHT ON THE FLOOR. HOW MANY ROOMS DO YOU HAVE IN THERE? ANYBODY CAN GET A NURSE IF THEY NEED ONE.>>ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE 20 ROOMS.>>20 ROOMS. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WOULD BE THE NORMAL STAY FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS? I KNOW IT WOULD DEPEND THE SOMEBODY IS COMING IN FOR REHAB FOR A STROKE OR AMPUTATION, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. JUST IN GENERAL WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF STAY?>>THE AVERAGE STAY IS 14 DAYS OR TWO WEEKS, BUT IT’S DEPENDENT ON THE DIAGNOSIS AND ALL OF THE VARIABLES ABOUT THE PATIENT, THEIR AGE, ARE THERE OTHER HEALTH CONDITIONS THEY HAVE GOING ON, ARE ALL FACTORS IN HOW LONG THE RECOVERY LASTS.>>WHAT I THINK IS GREAT TOO IS BECAUSE AS FAR AS REHABILITATION CENTER, IT’S CONNECTED TO THE ORANGE PARK MEDICAL CENTER, SO I’M GUESSING YOU SEE A LOT OF THESE PATIENTS IF NOT ALL OF THEM COME FROM THE MEDICAL CENTER OR OTHER FACILITIES?>>IT JUST DEPENDS. THEY CAN COME FROM BOTH. A LOT OF THEM DO COME FROM OUR MEDICAL CENTER. WE HAVE BEEN OPEN LONG ENOUGH, LIKE YOU SAID, IT’S BRAND-NEW, BUT THERE IS THE AVAILABILITY THAT THEY CAN COME FROM THE COMMUNITY. THE FACT THAT WE’RE RIGHT NEAR THE ACUTE HOSPITAL IS ANOTHER GREAT ASPECT OF OUR FACILITY. THE PHYSICIANS ACTUALLY ARE EXCITED ABOUT IT BECAUSE THERE’S A CONTINUUM OF CARE, THEY CAN COME RIGHT OVER AND SEE THE PATIENT WHEN THEY TRANSFER TO THE FACILITY RATHER THEN THEY LOSE THEM IN THE SHUFFLE AND THEY GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.>>AND WHO QUALIFIES AS A PATIENT TO BECOME A PERSON THAT WILL GO INTO THE REHAB FACILITY?>>I GUESS IF SOMEBODY THINKS THAT THEY MIGHT QUALIFY TO BE A PATIENT OF THE FACILITY THEY SHOULD DEFINITELY DISCUSS WITH THEIR PHYSICIAN AND THEN IF THEY COME TO A CONCLUSION THEY MIGHT BE A GOOD CANDIDATE THEY CAN CALL THE REFERRAL LINE AND THEN AT THAT POINT THEY TALK TO AN ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR TO DETERMINE IF THEY WOULD BE A GOOD PATIENT FOR THE FACILITY.>>I THINK THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. SOUNDS LIKE THERE WAS A DEFINITE A NEED FOR IT, RIGHT?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>YES, BECAUSE BEFORE THAT THEY HAD TO GO OUT DIFFERENT PLACES. THE NICE THING IS, THE DOCTORS ARE CLOSE, THEY CAN POP IN AND CHECK ON THEIR PATIENTS.>>YES.>>WHAT DO YOU FORESEE FOR THE NEXT YEAR TO COME?>>WELL, I THINK A LOT OF REHABILITATION WILL TAKE PLACE, A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY WITH AMAZING FACILITIES AND AMAZING PROVIDERS.>>VERY GOOD. ANY FINALLY, THOUGHTS?>>NO. WE’RE JUST EXCITED TO HAVE IT. PATIENTS AND FAMILIES WILL BE VERY HAPPY.>>I THINK IT’S ALWAYS GOOD AS A FAMILY MEMBER OF SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD TO HAVE A LOVED ONES IN SOME KIND OF A FACILITY, YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT FACILITY IS STAFFED GOOD AND HAVE STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT, WHICH GIVES FAMILY MEMBERS SOME PEACE OF MIND. THANK YOU FOR COMING AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU BACK NEXT MONTH IN SOME CAPACITY.>>>UP NEXT, WE’LL EXPLAIN TO YOU THINGS GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY. PLUS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, THE BLACK BALL IS COMING TO THE TIMES UNION CENTER. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET TICKETS TO THE HOSPITALEST

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