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Parkview Huntington Hospital to expand facility, build wound clinic

December 21st, 2017

By Bridgett Hernandez | Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

Patients seeking treatment for non-healing wounds will soon have another option in northeast Indiana.

Earlier this month, Parkview Health announced plans to renovate and expand the rehab and wellness center at Parkview Huntington Hospital to build a wound clinic, add new services and expand on existing services.

The hospital held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $8.5-million project Nov. 17. The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2019. It will be the second major construction project since the facility opened in 2000.

The 20,271-square-foot addition will extend the current rehab and wellness department space to the east, joining it with the back of the John B. Kay Medical Office Building.

For the first year of the completed expansion, the hospital expects to add 13 additional positions, said Juli Johnson, president of Parkview Huntington Hospital.

A healing space

The wound clinic will occupy 3,657 square feet of space and have its own exterior entrance at the northeast corner of the property.

For people suffering from painful, stubborn wounds, the new wound clinic will offer treatment closer to home for residents of Huntington County and surrounding communities. Non-healing wounds, or chronic wounds, are wounds that don’t heal in an orderly set of stages and in a predictable amount of time. They can be caused by diabetes, burns and other injuries as well as vasculitis and other conditions.

The designated space will include two hyperbaric chambers to promote healing of difficult wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.

Bursting at the seams

In addition to the new wound clinic, the expansion will also allow the hospital to offer more treatment options and wellness services for patients, Johnson said. She described the project as the realization of a long-held dream – it’s been on the docket for the last five or six years.

She said that patient volumes had reached a level where they hospital was running out of space and getting “very creative” with scheduling to meet the needs of the community.

The expansion will allow the pediatric therapy services to move from the hospital’s lower level to a larger, specially designed space incorporating sensory, motor skills and physical therapy gyms as well as space for pediatric occupation therapy and speech therapy.

The expansion will also offer a larger space for the “activities of daily living” lab. The space helps rehab patients who may have had a stroke or use a walker or a wheel chair regain everyday activities from getting in and out of bed, bathing and performing household tasks like cooking a meal.

“It will give them everything that you would find in your home,” Johnson said.

The expansion will also create additional private consultation rooms and exam rooms dedicated to particular types of therapy for adult patients, such as lymphedema therapy, dry needling and manual therapy. The space will also house the newly renovated adult fitness center.

The facility will also be able to accommodate new types of therapy and wellness-oriented programming such as yoga, Pilates, massage therapy and smoking cessation classes.

Honoring the facility’s visionary

The expanded center will be named the Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in honor of the center’s long-time director, Holly Sale, who died unexpectedly in June after having just completed the process of working with the architect to design the expansion.

“Holly brought all of her 39 years of experience in physical therapy and her management skills and personal instincts to this project,” Johnson said. “This was her dream.”

Moake Park Group is the architecture firm of record for the project. Weigand Construction is the general contractor. Parkview Huntington will partner on wound care with Healogics, a provider of chronic wound care technologies.