Patients recovering from joint replacement or cardiac surgeries have a new facility in Columbia County to assist them with their return to normal life.
The Willows, a new 15-bed short-term rehabilitation unit at Westwood Nursing Facility in University’s medical campus off of North Belair Road, will begin accepting patients in May, according to Westwood Administrator Kevin Ginn.
Ginn said 9,600-square-foot wing was added to Westwood specifically for the needs of patients who will beneifit from a short term in-patient rehabilitaion program before returning home. The $1.8 million project was completed April 15.
Nautilus strength equipment has been added to the facility’s physical therapy gym to aid recovery, and staff will be able to track – in real time – patients’ recovery progress to ensure they are meeting their goals during a typical two- to six-week stay, officials said.
“Our goal is to send them home,” Ginn said, adding that he hopes for an average 20-day stay for most patients.
He said the facilty will have a higher nurse-to-patient ratio than the nursing facilty and a specialized staff for the rehabiltation mission.
University Health CEO Jim Davis said the facility is a perfect compliment to the hospital’s highly ranked orthopedic surgery program, but it will be open to patients who are discharged from any hospital with rehabiltation needs.
“This is an extension of the great care (provided) by University,” Davis said. “We think we have a world-class facility here and we have world-class people to staff it.”