Hospital expands rehab center in
"With the community’s growing
population, comes the need for additional and expanded health care services.
Through St. Luke’s Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services, we will be able to meet
the needs of our community with state-of-the-art equipment, knowledgeable and
friendly staff, and community outreach."
— BRUCE JENSEN, CEO of St. Luke’s
Wood River Medical Center
By MATT FURBER
Express Staff Writer
In a joint venture, St. Luke’s Wood River
Medical Center and the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise have put
together a new outpatient therapy center in St. Luke’s Physician Office Annex
adjacent to the hospital. The first patients were seen Monday, Aug. 4.
Akin to a weight room in an athletic club,
the facility expands the hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation services, which
include a variety of therapeutic machines, three treatment rooms and an aquatic
"We see a lot of work related hand
injuries," said Mary Kay Foley, site manager and physical therapist. "We will
work closely with patients so they can resume their daily lives as quickly and
as safely as possible. We will also offer a variety of wellness programs to
improve quality of life, fitness, and sports performance. The pool is also a
great addition to our services."
"It looks like a little submarine," said
The Swim EX pool produces current for
"It’s like a class four wave," said one of
the installers. "You could tie a rope to the wall and surf it."
Physical therapists can watch patients
through the four windows in the pool or get in the water to work with them, said
There is also a 10-piece Nautilus clinic
for strength and conditioning, treadmills, elliptical treadmills, Stairmasters,
exercise bikes, a Pilates reformer machine for core strengthening, and an
upper-extremity ergometer for rehabilitation of things like shoulder injuries.
Although worker’s compensation cases may
be a large part of the business at the center, many visitors are likely to be
sports injury patients.
Drs. Charlotte and Herbert Alexander moved
their orthopedic services into the annex in November 2002. Their office is next
door to the center.
The only other physician with offices in
the annex is gynecologist Dr. Ross Donald, with the Women’s Medical Group. Nurse
practitioner, Carol wade, who has an office in Hailey shares the space. The
entire second floor of the annex is yet empty.
The rehab center is planning to offer
corporate wellness programs and sees a growing potential for seasonal patients,
said Foley. "People come to the mountains for recuperation."
There are already commercial services
provided by a number of physical therapists in the valley.
Given the numbers of physical therapists
in the valley, "you would think anyone considering opening a private practice
would think twice about it," said Hailey physical therapist Mark Morgan, who
owns his own clinic and has been practicing in the valley since 1990.
But, the hospital says there is enough
demand to make the outpatient service worthwhile.
"With the community’s growing population,
comes the need for additional and expanded health care services," said Bruce
Jensen, CEO of St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. "Through St. Luke’s Idaho
Elks Rehabilitation Services, we will be able to meet the needs of our community
with state-of-the-art equipment, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and community
"Since they already have a
(rehabilitation) department up there, I don’t see it as a big change moving into
a larger space," said Morgan. "If people live (in Hailey), they like to have
their services here." A spokesperson for the Spine Care of Idaho said where
people do their rehabilitation is all about convenience for the patient. Where
they go is a matter of preference, the point is that they get rehabilitation
For further information about St. Luke’s
Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services and its services, call 727-8253.