LIMA — A Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Center that opened Tuesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center will provide comprehensive care to patients with neurological impairments, hospital officials said.
Located at 770 W. High St. in Lima, the NRC features a team of physicians, nurse practitioners and medical assistants who will administer a variety of services. The newly renovated facility will provide neurology, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation services, all under one roof.
Adjacent to the NRC is St. Rita’s Ambulatory Surgery Center, where procedures to reduce pain are performed. Outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy services are also in close proximity.
“I think the collaboration of providers all working together to deliver services is an enormous benefit to patients,” said Dr. Matthew Owens, medical director of St. Rita’s Neuroscience Institute.
Dr. Michael Rivera, pain management specialist at St. Rita’s, added that the NRC provides a “unique opportunity” for patients to use multiple specialties in one location.
“It’s all in one place, so the patients don’t have to go out of town or even around the corner,” Rivera said. “That way, the patient can get the best care possible.”
The NRC houses 18 exam rooms and one massage therapy room, and is staffed with three physicians and four nurse practitioners. Owens said two medical assistants will also be added within the next several weeks.
For Owens, the NRC is part of a larger movement to ensure providers from multiple specialties are working closely together to administer the best outcome for patients.
“What we want to accomplish is the idea of a patient being able to come to one location to start their journey of taking care of whatever condition they may be suffering from,” he said. “We want them to feel like we can help navigate and guide them through all these levels of care. That way, they can sit back and only have to worry about getting better.”
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