Crews just broke ground for Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield in early April, and have now placed the final steel beam in the structure during a “topping out” ceremony. Rehabilitation co-workers and physicians joined hospital leadership to sign the final beam and watch workers lift it into place. The beam carried an American flag and an evergreen tree, which symbolize growth and recognize the diligence of the workers and their care and concern during construction.
The new rehabilitation hospital will have 60 beds and provide inpatient rehabilitation for patients who are recovering from strokes, brain or spinal cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic injuries and other conditions. Currently, rehabilitation services are offered at Mercy Hospital Springfield. As a Level I trauma center for Arkansas and Missouri, as well as the region’s only burn unit, the need for rehabilitation has outgrown the 35 beds available in the current space.
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield is a partnership between Mercy and Centerre Healthcare Corporation, a national leader in the development and operation of rehabilitation hospitals. The $28 million, 63,000 square foot facility is set to open in April of 2014.