Mercy Opens State-of-the Art Rehab Center

Patients receive expert care, enhanced services
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The Mercy Health and Recreation Center, a 50,000 square foot
facility, located on the Amherst Metro Parks Hollstein Reservation, is now
the new home of Mercy’s outpatient rehabilitation services, including
occupational, speech and physical therapies, with a full spectrum of
specialty services.

Mercy President and CEO Edwin Oley said the facility offers unique community resources in more than one way. “This facility truly has state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment,” he said at last week’s grand opening as underwater treadmills and an anti-gravity treadmill for advanced rehab treatment were unveiled.

“And, as far as I know, this is the only facility I have ever seen that combines both a community recreation center as well as a rehabilitation center.”

For over 30 years Mercy has been providing rehabilitation services in
Lorain County. Now, this custom-built facility has allowed Mercy to enhance
existing therapy programs and offer new services while providing a
comfortable, therapeutic and convenient setting for patients. The Mercy
Health and Recreation Center has been designed to maximize patient comfort
and privacy with an emphasis on overall wellness.

Highlights of the facility include:

·   9,500 square feet of space dedicated to outpatient physical,
occupational and speech therapies
·   Separate waiting areas and therapy space for adult and pediatric
·   A spacious and open gym for physical and occupational therapies,
along with private treatment areas for speech therapy and
specialized programs
·   Dedicated pediatric suite with a unique sensory room
·   Fully operational kitchen for home management training
·   Private physician/therapy consultation rooms
·   A dedicated therapy pool, including an underwater treadmill and

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Mercy Rehabilitation Services offers an entire spectrum of therapies and
services at the new facility, and provides treatment to patients living
with the effects of neurological disorders (such as stroke, multiple
sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease), orthopedic problems, sports-related
injuries, women’s health issues, vestibular and balance challenges,
developmental delay, and more.

Enhanced treatments offered by Mercy Rehabilitation Services at the new
facility in Amherst include:

·  Physical therapy services: use of an anti-gravity treadmill, designed
to support patients’ bodyweight while they walk or run for quicker
rehabilitation, aquatic therapy with water treadmill and cycle, and a
balance machine to provide a new method of balance training and

·  Occupational therapy: women’s health program to treat pelvic pain and
incontinence and myofacial release, a hands-on, non-invasive
treatment for pain relief.

·  Pediatric services: a multidisciplinary pediatric rehabilitation
center  with integrated physical, occupational and speech therapy in
one suite, access to an adaptive playground for children of all
abilities, dedicated waiting and treatment areas and engaging sensory
room for treatment of sensory integration difficulties.

·  Sports medicine: video gait analysis for runners, concussion
rehabilitation, overhead athlete and ACL injury prevention,
“return-to-play” sports specific drills, including jumping mechanics,
balance, plyometrics, speed and agility training; and specialized
aquatic rehab to help athletes return to advanced sport activities

Along with the new services, the Mercy Rehabilitation Services will
continue providing comprehensive, personalized therapies our patients have
come to expect, including:

·  Physical therapy services: balance testing, kinesotaping, walking and
running analysis, neurological and orthopedic therapies, cancer
rehabilitation and much more.

·  Speech therapy: evaluation and treatment of swallowing,
speech-language and cognitive disorders. Specialized treatment
includes electrical stimulation therapy for swallowing difficulties,
oral motor therapy and vocal rehabilitation featuring the Lee
Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD). Also, augmentative and
alternative communication evaluation and treatment for the non-verbal

·  Occupational therapy services: patient and family education,
therapeutic exercises and activities, activities of daily living
training, neuromuscular rehabilitation, biofeedback, manual therapy
techniques and the use of various modalities (ultrasound, electrical

·  Pediatric rehabilitation: specialized physical, occupational and
speech therapy services for young patients, including play-based,
structured therapy sessions, augmentative and alternative
communication (AAC) services for non-verbal communicators and sensory
integration therapy.

Inpatient, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services will remain at
Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.

To provide our community with easy access to the care they need most, Mercy
offers two convenient locations for outpatient rehabilitation: at the Mercy
Rehabilitation Services of Elyria and now at the Mercy Health and
Recreation Center in Amherst. For more information or to make an
appointment, call 440.960.3400.


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