Orlando Health has announced plans to build a rehabilitation facility in West Orange County, Orlando, Florida, US.

The building will open as a 54-bed inpatient facility to offer post-acute care for patients needing medical and rehabilitative services.

The present Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities- (CARF) accredited inpatient rehabilitation programme at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center will relocate to this new facility.

It will be the first freestanding medical rehabilitation facility in Orange County.

The facility is expected to begin accepting patients early next year.

Orlando Health corporate medical director of rehabilitation medicine Jason Atienza said: “This expansion will allow us to provide patients and families with a seamless transition out of our acute hospitals and into an inpatient facility dedicated to medical and functional rehabilitation.

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“The plan is to combine the expertise of our accomplished rehabilitation team, award-winning patient experience, numerous research efforts and a newly-designed space to provide the best rehabilitation care possible.”

Patients who suffer a stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple orthopaedic injuries, traumatic brain injury, amputation, or complex neurological conditions usually need rehabilitative care in an inpatient setting.

The facility will have all private rooms, therapy space and expansive outdoor space for further therapeutic activity.

The institute will use ‘state-of-the-art’ rehabilitative equipment including robotics for training in arm/hand coordination and walking, weight-assisted treadmill, and communication assistance technology.

Orlando Health senior vice president of ambulatory and post-acute services Greg Ohe said: “This facility is being designed in a way that will allow us the capability to adapt the scale and scope of our services as the needs of our patient population evolve.

“While the plan is to open the doors as a facility with 54 inpatient beds, the building will have the capacity to expand rapidly to 100 beds. The need for acute rehabilitation services is expected to rise as the area’s population grows. It is our responsibility to spot these trends and plan accordingly.”

The project is expected to advance quickly given that ground-up construction of a new structure is not needed.

The Orlando Health Center for Rehabilitation, a nursing facility presently situated located on the campus of Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital in West Orange County, will undergo renovations to transition into Orlando Health’s first freestanding rehabilitation hospital.

The Orlando Health Center for Rehabilitation opened in 2019.

Orlando Health is a not-for-profit healthcare organisation with $7.6bn of assets under management.

 Its 3,200-bed system includes 16 completely-owned hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, wound care centres, etc.