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Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit open at NEA Baptist

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

NEA Baptist in Jonesboro held ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday to mark the official opening of their new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

CEO of NEA Baptist Hospital Brad Parsons said they created this new service to meet a need they saw in the community.

“This is a great piece of continuum of care for us at the hospital. This allows folks that need intense patient rehab over a few days. This includes some surgeries, post surgery but also stroke patients that can come up here and receive treatment in this facility," Parsons said.

Murl Smith is one of the first patients to get to use the new facility.

He went into the hospital on Monday for a complete hip replacement and said he was happy with what has gone on so far.

 “Everything went wonderful. I couldn’t ask to be treated any better, have any better care. All the folks are wonderful. They know what they’re doing. If you could make this a pleasant experience, it’s been a pleasant experience," Smith said.

Smith said he and his specialists are working hard to get him back on his feet.

“We’re working on strengthening, rebuilding the muscle they had to cut through to put the hip in. And stamina, upper body strength, lower body strength and leg strength. Even some psychological things that we do. We run obstacle courses. It’s just been a good experience,” Smith said.

The new Rehab Unit contains a gym filled with state-of-the-art equipment, 24 private patient rooms and a training room designed specifically to help patients complete day-to-day tasks they’ll face when they leave the hospital and head home.

Parsons said everyone is excited to see the unit open and patients inside it.

“We’ve got new staff. We’ve got folks who are very excited to be up here and we’re very excited to be able to offer this to our patients,” Parsons said.

It took six months to complete once construction began.

The new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is located on the fifth floor of the hospital.

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