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Published on April 12, 2012

 Hospital's New Acute Rehab Facility Features an Apartment, Grocery Store and Much More as the Metro's Largest Facility

North Kansas City Hospital opened the city’s largest, most comprehensive Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation facility last month. The existing department was not only remodeled but physically enlarged from 24 to 30 patient rooms, expanded services and moved to a new location on the 4th Floor of the Hospital.

Staff began accepting patients on March 19 in the new space that features all private rooms. Research shows that private rooms expedite a patient’s recovery.

The new rehabilitation gym boasts 1,800 square feet, enlarged from the previous 300 square feet. The gym allows patients to practice real-world scenarios in the comfort of a hospital setting, like a complete front porch and entry. The gym also features a Nintendo Wii™ to increase balance, coordination and visual perception and is equipped to meet the needs of bariatric patients.

Other real-world settings in the department include a fully functional kitchen to practice cooking, a spacious dining room, a washer and dryer and grocery store to learn how to physically handle grocery shopping and practice exchanging money.

A transitional living apartment is a new feature that allows individuals to encounter situations to gain confidence and skills to function safely at home.

“This beautiful facility is met with open arms by the medical community. North Kansas City Hospital is honored to be able to accept and help rehabilitate patients from other prestigious hospitals in the area," says Christine Snedden, director of Acute Rehab.

 

About North Kansas City Hospital: For over 50 years, North Kansas City Hospital has been at the forefront of providing medical care in the Northland. The Hospital is an acute-care facility with 451-licensed beds and five centers of excellence including Northland Cardiac Center, Northland Cancer Center, Northland Women’s Center, Northland Orthopedic Center and Northland Emergency Center. The medical staff includes over 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. For more information, contact North Kansas City Hospital at 2800 Clay Edwards Dr., North Kansas City, MO 64116, on the web at nkch.org, at 816-691-2000 or follow the Hospital on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.