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Regina Adds to Rehab Services With Five New Private Rooms

November 15, 2013

The area’s longest running skilled nursing center has added five private rehabilitation rooms, as part of an ongoing expansion project.

We stand alone and have a great reputation in the area, said Joe Weinhardt, Regina Nursing Center’s Social Services Coordinator.

As a very family-oriented, nonprofit organization, we’ve never been under the auspices of a larger company. Our goal now is to continue the quality of care and outreach to the community that we’ve always done and to provide a really good new service to people in a setting that is very nurturing and committed to patient well being.

The faith-based facility, founded in 1963 by Joe and Fran Stimmler to provide nursing care to the mentally and physically handicapped, chronically ill and the aged, is now offering short-term, in-patient physical, occupational and speech therapy that, is not limited to elderly patients, though the facility has a contract with Medicare and does not accept other insurances.

Rehab patients can expect the same high quality of care that Regina built its standing on, Weinhardt added.

Nurses at the local hospitals always say they can tell the patients who come from Regina versus some of the other nursing homes because their weight is good, their skin looks good and their overall well being is good.

That’s due in part to a constancy exhibited by the staff, Weinhardt noted.

The longevity here is just amazing. We have nurses who have worked here for 25 years. Our director just retired and she was here for 27 years. When I came here 10 years ago, I couldn’t believe the longevity, which is very unusual. We have very little staff turnover, which is great, and the patients see that.

Since rehabilitation does not involve an extended stay, patients do not need to be placed on a long waiting list, Weinhardt allowed.

Nearly everyone who needs the program can be accommodated, he said.

Medical admissions director Michelle Michaels explained that therapies provided by the full-time, in-house Blue Bell Physical Therapy staff include orthopedic post-hospital care, stroke and neurological rehabilitation, post-medical and surgical reconditioning, re-discharge home evaluations, patient and family instruction and personalized, progressive and interdisciplinary care plans.

Rehabilitation means physical therapy that will reduce pain and increase strength, in addition to the occupational therapy and speech therapy we now provide, she said. The goal of occupational therapy is to increase independence in any activity of everyday life, including bathing, dressing, engaging in hobbies or working at a job. Speech therapy addresses communication, and cognitive abilities.

No matter the course of therapy, the goal is get patients back home as quickly as possible, under the supervision of a team that includes physicians, as well as dietary and activities departments staff, she pointed out.

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