Oakwood opens dedicated rehab trauma unit at Heritage Hospital

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New rehabilitation unit in Taylor
Rhonda Brooks, manager of the trauma rehabilitation unit at Oakwood Heritage Hospital, explains the new features in the recently-opened facility.

TAYLOR – Officials at Oakwood Healthcare cut the ribbon recently on a new rehabilitation trauma unit at Oakwood Heritage Hospital, the second major improvement unveiled at the facility within the past month.

The 14-bed specialty unit was designed for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological trauma patients, Kelly C. Smith, division president of Oakwood Heritage Hospital, said. The renovated space represents an investment of about $5 million in the hospital.

“We are very pleased to offer this service to the community,” Smith said. “This is a one-of-a-kind facility that truly elevates the level of specialized care we provide to the community.”

All 14 beds are in private rooms, and the unit has its own rehabilitation gym for patients, Rhonda Brooks, manager of the unit, said.

“We’ve got the best of everything here,” she said.

The rehabilitation/trauma unit is the second major project to be completed at Oakwood Heritage Hospital in the last month. In early December, the hospital opened a new surgical pavilion that included all new operating rooms along with 45 pre/post operative private suites. The new pavilion is the second phase of the master facility plan designed to further transform the hospital into a specialty hospital that offers clinical programs and services that are unmatched in the region. A final ribbon cutting for a new entrance to the hospital is scheduled in May.