The hospital’s COO, Ryan Williams, who oversaw the renovation project, added, “The IRU construction and renovation project included a complete renovation of the unit, including 17 state-of-the-art patient rooms, which all feature newly expanded ADA-accessible bathrooms with brand new tile, lighting and fixtures, all new furniture and flat-screen televisions, brand new cabinetry and patients beds that include advanced technology to provide the utmost comfort for our rehab patients. The new IRU feels like an entirely new unit and we’re so proud to be able to open it on Monday for our staff and patients.”

Additional renovations include 92,000 square-feet of brand new flooring and ceilings, high-end finishes and upgrades throughout the entire unit, new countertops, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, and all new paint and decor in the nursing stations. The unit also features two completely renovated gyms for occupational and physical therapy, with all new state-of-the-art equipment.

Neurologist Marcos Cruz, MD, Internist/Hospitalist Sean Donovan, MD, and Pulmonologist/Hospitalist Matt King, MD, serve as medical directors of the unit and oversee the day-to-day medical care of patients admitted to the IRU.

“For years, our rehab unit has been able to take exceptional care of patients from our community and beyond following national guidelines and providing the best care possible,” said Dr. Cruz. “Now, with a new state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation unit, we will be able to enhance our care even further. We can provide an even higher level of care, close to home, in a beautiful new unit. ”

The IRU renovation project was designed by HMK Architects, PLLC, and construction contractors were Batten and Shaw Construction and Southeast Construction and Restoration, Inc. The project was initiated in September 2017.  During the renovation project, rehabilitation patients received care in a medical/surgical unit that was temporarily redesigned for rehabilitative care. Current and new patients will move into the new IRU on Monday, January 29.

Sumner Inpatient Rehab offers patients all private rooms, flexible visiting hours, on-site laboratory services, medical imaging and dialysis, consultations with other medical specialists, when needed, and an experienced and knowledgeable rehabilitation staff.  While in the IRU, patients complete three hours of physical therapy per day, five days per week, see a physician a minimum of three days a week during their rehabilitation, receive physical, occupational and/or speech therapy, and are provided care that is overseen 24-hours a day by registered nurses in the unit. The average length of stay for an IRU patient is between 14 and 21 days.

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