JHMI Office of Communications and Public Affairs

February 12, 1998
MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Infeld
PHONE: (410) 955-1534
E-MAIL: kinfeld@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Hopkins Opens $2.5 Million, High-Tech Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Johns Hopkins Medicine will host an open house on Friday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the opening of a 14-bed comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital that resembles a home more than a hospital.

The $2.5 million, bright and airy facility is designed to empower patients in the process of rehabilitation while decreasing the overall amount of time they spend in the hospital. In addition to standard rehabilitation features, the unit offers some special touches such as a mock laundry room and bathroom where patients can practice skills lost due to disease or injury. It also has a dining room and living room where patients can relax with their families during visiting hours. Bathroom faucets are activated by infrared light, and the counters on the nurses' station have been lowered to become wheelchair accessible.

The opening of the unit marks the first time in Hopkins' history that patients recuperating from a serious illness can regain lost abilities without being transferred elsewhere. It also introduces a coordinated approach to patient care, as patients recovering from surgery in other units can start the rehabilitation process before being discharged from the hospital.

To interview Dr. Barbara de Lateur, professor, director and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or to tour the new facility, please call me at 410-955-1534.


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