Phoenixville Hospital acute rehab center slated to open

The staff of Phoenixville Hospital's Regional Rehabilitation Center for inpatient care. Courtesy of Phoenixville Hospital.
The staff of Phoenixville Hospital's Regional Rehabilitation Center for inpatient care. Courtesy of Phoenixville Hospital.

PHOENIXVILLE — A new acute rehabilitation care center opening in Phoenixville Hospital will provide in-patient care for those who normally would have had to transfer to other hospitals for rehabilitation.

“It provides a continuity of care for our patients,” said Holly Sanborn, the program director of Phoenixville Hospital’s Regional Rehab Center. “It provides the acute rehab needs our patients are missing in this community.”

According to Sanborn, in the past, patients would need to travel 45 minutes or more to get the kind of care and treatment they will receive beginning late this month.

An open house, ribbon-cutting and ecumenical blessing featuring local religious figures is slated for 5 p.m. on June 20.


“They’re not going to have to travel. Their family can visit.” Sanborn said. “It’s not stressful for anyone.”

Those who would benefit from the new center include patients working back from neurological conditions or injuries as well as those rehabilitating following knee and hip replacements, according to hospital spokeswoman Lori Cunningham.

Patients will receive three hours of therapy five days a week in the 14 bed center, where all the rooms are private.

“That is kind of the standard now,” Sanborn said. “In the past for rehab, the thought was you didn’t want to isolate people. But now people want their privacy.”

In the room where much of the rehabilitation activity will take place, there are the typical workout types of machines across from a full kitchen, complete with table, and a small bedroom equipped with a real bed covered by a comforter facing a wooden dresser.

Along with the treadmill and other equipment one might usually associate with rehabilitation like regular exercise, Sanborn said the center will also make sure people can perform the regular tasks necessary for living independently.

“We want them to practice all the skills they’d normally do at home before they get there,” she said.

Among such activities are getting in and out of a bed, setting a table and cooking.

Sanborn said they won’t just simulate those acts but actually do it, saying that some patients may actually bake brownies or something along those lines as part of their treatment.

With the center set to open officially June 24, Sanborn said the “entire team has been hired and (is) in training now.”

“We’re extremely excited to have this unit open,” she said. “Such a continuity of care wasn’t available in this area.”

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