Glencoe is fortunate to be home to Glencoe Regional Health Services. The hospital, clinic and long term care facilities offer quality, convenience, and personal care to patients of any age.
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GRHS News and Announcements
Laura Kuvaas, Marketing Specialist
1805 Hennepin Ave. N.
Glencoe, MN 55336
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New third floor addition dedicated to rehabilitation care
In early June, GRHS finished a $4.1 project to add a third floor to its hospital building in Glencoe.
“Over the last five years, we saw a 65 percent increase in the number of patient appointments for physical, occupational and speech-language therapy,” explained Clark Christianson, PT, ScD, COMT, a physical therapist and director of rehabilitation services at GRHS. “With the third-floor addition, we have the space to meet the demands of our current rehabilitation patients and allow for future growth as we continue to add more specialized therapy services.”
GRHS’ Rehabilitation Services department provides non-surgical and post-surgical care for orthopedic and sports medicine patients, care for neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, speech-language therapy for adults and children, a supervised exercise program for patients with heart conditions, and an array of therapy services for children with inherited conditions or developmental delays. In addition, the department offers specialized therapy programs for conditions including: balance disorders; bladder and bowel dysfunction; chronic pain; low back pain and sciatica; lymphedema; neck pain; headaches; pelvic pain; speech disorders and swallowing difficulties.
The new third floor covers 12,000 square feet, which is approximately four times larger than the space formerly occupied by Rehabilitation Services on the first floor of the hospital. Attendees to the Aug. 2 open house will be able to see the features of the new rehabilitation space, including:
- A larger, dedicated gym and nine treatment rooms for adult therapy
- A dedicated gym and three treatment rooms for pediatric therapy
- New treatment rooms for adult occupational therapy and speech therapy
- A functional kitchen designed for therapy that develops daily living skills such as cooking and eating
- A new treatment room for cardiac rehabilitation
- A new reception area with a larger waiting room, including a separate family waiting space with activities for young children
Center for Advanced Wound Care targets non-healing wounds
In mid April, GRHS finished a remodeling project on the first floor of the hospital to provide space for its new Center for Advanced Wound Care. The department provides specialized care for patients at risk of serious complications from wounds that are not healing as expected. A number of common conditions can interfere with the healing process, including diabetes, poor circulation, infection, immobility, nerve damage, obesity, stress, medications and previous radiation therapy.
“A simple scratch can result in a major infection, amputation or even death when risk factors slow down or stall the healing process,” explained Chad Robbins, DO, a general surgeon and medical director of the Center for Advanced Wound Care. “By opening this new department in partnership with Healogics, the nation’s largest and most experienced network of wound care centers, we are able to select and deliver treatments based on their effectiveness for specific wound types.”
Techniques used in the Center for Advanced Wound Care include bio-engineered skin grafting, compression therapy, debridement, edema management, negative pressure wound therapy, non-invasive vascular assessment, prescription growth factors and specialty wound dressings.
In addition, the Center has two chambers for providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This treatment approach is an option for selected wound types that are slow to heal due to poor circulation, including radiation injuries, soft-tissue infections, crush injuries and diabetes-related wounds. In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients breathe 100-percent oxygen while lying in a pressurized chamber made of clear acrylic for about two hours per session. Daily sessions occur over a period of several weeks.
Construction ends with thanks and celebration
The Center for Advanced Wound Care began seeing patients in late April after more than six months of construction. The third-floor Rehabilitation Services addition required 11 months of construction. “There was a significant amount of dust, noise and re-routing of street and hallway traffic involved in both projects,” says Jon Braband, FACHE, president and CEO of GRHS. “We would like to thank our patients and community neighbors for tolerating those temporary inconveniences with us, and welcome them to see the results at the open house.”
Glencoe Regional Health Services was founded in 1941. It includes a primary-care clinic, 25-bed critical access hospital, a 110-bed nursing home and a 40-unit independent senior housing complex in Glencoe, and outpatient clinics in Lester Prairie and Stewart.