|EXPANDING A HOSPITAL TO MEET RURAL HEALTHCARE NEEDS|
|, Sep 11, 2012
Providence Medical sought to expand and improve the health care services provided to the residents of Wayne and surrounding towns.
USDA Rural Development provided a $3.5 million loan to the hospital through its Community Facility Direct Loan program for the hospital expansion.
Providence Medical constructed a 7,300 square foot Physical Therapy suite expansion that includes new treatment opportunities, including a pediatric suite with private parent viewing area, a warm therapy pool, an occupational therapy suite for simulation of activities of daily living, along with a specialized occupational therapy upper-extremity treatment area and additional therapy treatment rooms.
Approximately 8,500 square feet was added to the Wellness and Cardiac rehabilitation services. Also, a 3,000 square foot addition to the Outpatient and Oncology departments, for more generalized and specialized clinic rooms, allows expansion of the current volume and variety of programs offered. The Outpatient space offers a year round walking track, childcare services, and an enhanced youth exercise program.
Providence Medical Center (PMC) is a critical access hospital that employs nearly 170 individuals. The 25 bed acute care hospital provides quality health care in response to the needs of its local, rural communities. PMC furnishes acute, skilled/swing-bed, and intermediate care, as well as Medicare certified home health, hospice, and private pay person care. Palliative care is also available. Outreach clinics are held in Wisner, Wakefield, and Laurel. This expanded facility enhances health care in the area.