LIMA — Lima Memorial Health System on Thursday unveiled its new Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, a $2.5 million project that converted the hospital’s fourth floor into a family-oriented physical therapy center designed to remind patients of home.
The 17-bed rehab center is now home to a family café, garage, salon, gym and apartment-style living area where patients can regain basic skills.
The spaces mimic what a patient would find in their own home so they leave the hospital knowing how to do the everyday tasks they could do before, said Tony Rampulla, physical therapy manager for Lima Memorial.
A car simulator in the garage shows patients how to climb in and out of a vehicle, for example, while the living area is designed like a studio apartment where patients can practice opening the refrigerator, sitting down on the couch or using household appliances.
The gym area includes traditional physical therapy equipment, as well as a dynamic bodyweight support system that lifts patients as they learn to walk, shifting the level of support needed based on tasks the patient is practicing, and an integrated therapy system that assists with cognition, memory, problem solving and coordination.
Lima Memorial opened the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center to patients in November 2020.
The project is part of the health system’s $30 million renovation and expansion project, which saw the creation of a new outpatient and diagnostic imaging center, cardiac area and a remodeled patient and visitor entrance set to reopen later this year. The project also saw the construction of the Lima Memorial Medical Center in Wapakoneta.
On Thursday, Nutrien donated $100,000 toward two of the rehabilitation center’s inpatient rooms.
Todd Sutton, Nutrien Lima’s general manager, said the company “has always been committed to health and safety,” and that the company was “honored to uniquely be a part of this center that will deliver exceptional inpatient rehabilitation to our community.”