St. Luke's Brings the Community to the Patient
Innovative Therapy Program to Help People Achieve Life
May 27, 2010
Spokane, WA

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is expanding its commitment to patient care and services by providing patients with a new way to re-enter life through innovative recovery therapy. In an effort to help patients get back to their community through helping them gain skills needed to overcome illness or injury and achieve life, St. Luke’s is constructing St. Luke’s Community.

St. Luke’s Community includes plans for 2,200 square feet of new state-of-the-art therapy area within the downtown Spokane facility, designed to bring the community to the patient. The facility will include settings for a grocery store, bookstore, restaurant, office as well as other settings that are all conducive to practicing real life.

“This is an exciting opportunity for St. Luke’s to provide even more for our patients,” said Chuck Gersdorf, administrator for St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. “St. Luke’s Community is designed with every day in mind, where patients practice crossing a street, navigating a curb, boarding a plane or a bus, getting in a car and much more – in the safety of the St. Luke’s environment with the help of our dedicated staff.”

Designed by architectural firm Nystrom, Olson, Collins, Inc., construction on existing space begins immediately with anticipated completion scheduled for this fall.

“We strive to provide an environment conducive to making our patients feel comfortable throughout their recovery process,” said Nancy Webster, director of therapy services at St. Luke’s. “By bringing the community to the patient, we are building an atmosphere of trust between the patient and the medical and therapy team, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

As the largest freestanding medical rehabilitation facility and only Level I trauma rehabilitation hospital in Eastern Washington, St. Luke’s seeks to provide value to those served by treating the whole person with regard to physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.

For more information on St. Luke’s Community and ways to support the project, please visit www.st-lukes.org/community or contact the INHS Foundation at 473-6099.

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is a division of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Valley Hospital & Medical Center and the community. Other INHS services include Information Resource Management, Northwest MedStar, Health Training Network, health@work, Northwest TeleHealth and the INHS Center of Philanthropy. For more information, visit www.inhs.org.


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