Medical City Fort Worth January 25, 2016

$6 Million Improvement Project Completed, Adding 130 New Employees

Medical City Fort Worth is celebrating the opening of its new acute inpatient rehabilitation unit this week, the final phase of a $6 million improvement project. The opening will be commemorated with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and open house from 4:30pm - 6:30pm on Jan. 26. The unit is located on the third floor of Medical City Fort Worth, 900 8th Avenue in Fort Worth.

The new, 18-bed comprehensive acute inpatient rehabilitation unit enhances and expands Medical City Fort Worth’s existing inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation services, which include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and wound care services. Stroke and neurological rehabilitation will be particular focuses for the inpatient rehab unit. Medical City Fort Worth is the only designated comprehensive stroke center in Fort Worth and the only Fort Worth hospital affiliated with the Texas Stroke Institute.

Dr. Omar Selod, Fort Worth physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, is medical director for the facility. Diana Smith, a certified rehabilitation nurse with 25 years of experience, is program director.

Medical City Fort Worth is also adding 130 new full-time employees to enhance patient care in several areas of the hospital, including rehabilitation.

In fall 2015, as part of the $6 million upgrade project, Medical City Fort Worth also refurbished and upgraded its inpatient transplant unit, featuring new equipment and expanded monitoring capabilities for transplant patients. A new “step-down” progressive care unit (PCU) also reallocated 18 beds for critical care to expand Medical City Fort Worth’s capacity to care for patients who need more specialized or focused care, but do not need the intensive care provided in a traditional intensive care unit.

“All of these improvements continue Medical City Fort Worth's commitment to providing the very best in quality health care to the communities we serve,” Medical City Fort Worth CEO Clay Franklin said. “Our most recent project, the acute inpatient rehabilitation unit, offers an integrated, interdisciplinary team approach to patient care. Advantages include rehabilitation-trained registered nurses, 24-hour physician coverage, immediate access to full emergency care management if needed, and 24-hour on-site access to support services including radiology, pharmacy, lab and dialysis.”