Minden Medical Center Outpatient Rehab often helps discharged patients improve their movement, and now aims to help patients by moving to a new location out of the main hospital building.
"At Minden Medical Center we're all about the patient," MMC Director of Rehab Terri Miller said. "This process started more than a year ago and what we identified is that patients have to find a parking space in front (of the main hospital building), go to an elevator to the third floor and go down a ramp.
"A lot of people with functional impairments would have a lot of trouble navigating all of that," she continued. "So we felt like the best location for outpatient therapy was offsite."
According to Miller, the new location at 1120 Homer Road in the shopping center with Tractor Supply and Stage will allow outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy patients to find ample parking and only have a few feet to traverse.
"Also, we have all new equipment," she said. "We have some pieces that we haven't had before."
Miller said the new space will give the therapists more room and better visibility of patients during their sessions. The therapists were able to have input on the setup of their new workspace, which according to Miller, helps them help patients.
Inpatient therapies and outpatient speech therapy will be able to take advantage of additional space in the main hospital building, as well.
"Janet (Crawford) has been working on expanded services and programs," Miller said. "We'll be able to really implement that now."
Crawford, MMC Clinical therapy manager, said she has been working to enhance existing and bring in new therapeutic modalities and looks forward to having the space to grow.
"The expanded services will include orthotics – custom shoe inserts," she said.
"We have a vestibular balance program we will try to expand for inner ear issues, people that have vertigo and also just plain balance problems," Crawford continued. "People, as they get older than 60, begin to have balance problems, and we can help people overcome that and stay safer longer and independent longer."
Crawford listed a number of other programs including: lymphedema therapy – to reduce swelling of the lymph nodes associated with surgical procedures; diabetic footwear and education; wound care; and numerous women's issues including pelvic girdle dysfunction and associated back issues."
Miller and Crawford said their open house is on Tuesday, August 28 and they expect to average 200 patients per week.
"We expect that will improve now that we have easy access," Miller said. "We know people don't come to the hospital (for outpatient therapy) because they just can't handle the parking, and getting on the elevator and coming up. It's just much more convenient."
Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce will also host the After Hours event there Tuesday evening.