Updated 01/30/2013 05:52 PM
New outpatient department brings more space, new equipment
The Twin Tier health industry is booming. An Elmira hospital is celebrating a newly renovated wing. YNN's Katie Husband takes a look at St. Joseph's new outpatient rehabilitation unit and how it will benefit patients.
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- The ribbon is cut and a new facility to help Chemung County patients was unveiled.
"It's state-of-the-art. We have all brand-new equipment. We have 12 therapists on staff with over 300 years of experience," said Lisa King, St. Joseph's Hospital, senior physical therapist.
And they specialize in 13 areas from neurological disorders to sports injuries and pediatrics.
"Physical therapy is really patients interacting with our staff and sometimes the high-tech is relatively simple," said Fred Farley, St. Joseph's Hospital, president.
The nearly $4 million renovation project also offers more room for patients.
"Now we have a lot more private treatment areas, private booths for evaluations and we have different specialties and we have a full EDL suite where patients can actually come down, doing cooking, in and out of the bathroom," said King.
The old rehabilitation unit was tough to reach as patients had to use elevators or stairs to get there.
"They had to find their way to the fourth floor and we also had to have the staff who are also used to working more in a gym environment, that you see around us today, they actually found themselves having to work in a private and semi-private rooms on the fourth floor," said Farley.
With the transition officially over, that problem is solved. Staff members are able to help get their patients out and about again.
"Whether it's getting them back to learning how to cook a simple meal or getting them back to their sport activity, we see patients with ACL injuries and we have to get them back to running and jumping, let alone the patient that just needs to get back to work," said King.
Hospital officials say the number of outpatients they're expecting to serve will double in this new facility.
Two-and-a-half million dollars of the project came from a grant through the state Health Department.