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November 03, 2023

ClearSky Health to Build New Medical Rehabilitation Hospital in Rockwall County, Texas

ClearSky Health, a premier rehabilitative healthcare provider, today announced plans to build a new 36-bed medical rehabilitation hospital in Rockwall County, Texas.

ClearSky Rehabilitation Hospital of Rockwall County will provide specialized rehabilitative care to patients recovering from disabling injuries or illnesses such as strokes, brain injuries, hip fractures, spinal injuries, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other medically-complex conditions like COVID-19. It will treat more than 650 patients annually and provide about 100 new jobs for the area.

As a medical rehabilitation hospital, ClearSky Rockwall County will differ from other rehabilitative programs because of its highly trained team, specialized equipment, state-of-the-art facility, and integrative approach to patient care. The hospital will:

  • Be licensed and accredited
  • Use an interdisciplinary team approach to care
  • Have a physician with specialized training in rehabilitation
  • Provide rehabilitative nursing 24/7
  • Offer patients physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy for a minimum of 15 hours a week

A national study shows patients treated at medical rehabilitation hospitals return home sooner, remain home longer, have fewer hospital readmissions and ER visits, and live longer versus those treated at nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities.

“Our intent is to enhance the quality of life for residents of the region by fulfilling an unmet healthcare need,” says Darby Brockette, CEO of ClearSky Health. “The new hospital will strengthen current healthcare services by providing a continuum of care in a patient’s healing process. Our goal is to help maximize patients’ recoveries so they can regain as much independence as possible and return to the activities that they enjoy.”

Brockette says once the new hospital opens, patients will be able to remain near their homes while they continue to heal. “By not having to travel out of town for rehabilitation services, patients and their families will experience less logistical concerns, financial burdens, and emotional stress,” he says. “We include family members and caregivers in the recovery process with the patient’s permission. Their input and participation are important—from helping the patient set care plan goals to being educated on how to provide continued support after discharge. Having families nearby and accessible to patients and hospital staff is extremely beneficial.”

Patients who are treated at ClearSky Rockwall County will interact and set individual goals with an interdisciplinary healthcare team that includes a physician; rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; case managers; respiratory therapists; dietitians; and other healthcare professionals. The new, state-of-the-art, 45,000-square-foot building will feature all private rooms, a rehabilitative gym with specialized equipment and one-on-one therapy, a dining room with a dedicated chef and food service staff, an activity of daily living space to allow patients to receive therapy in rooms that emulate home conditions, and an outside therapeutic courtyard that provides various walking terrains.

Brockette says patients will be provided the highest standards of rehabilitative care, citing the hospital’s comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program as an example. The program will include review of 228 evidence-based recommendations from the American Stroke Association. Staff who will be specifically educated in stroke rehabilitation techniques and interventions will ensure that a treatment plan is created to fit the individual needs of each patient.

Another unique aspect of care will include staff involvement in a patient’s treatment after discharge from the hospital. Hospital professionals will continue to work with patients to ensure that they receive needed resources to reach the highest levels of independence and success during their recoveries.

“Our staff will go above and beyond normal service expectations to provide patients with optimal results,” Brockette says. “We’re pleased to have worked with local community and healthcare leadership to bring this level of care to the community. We look forward to serving the region.”

ClearSky Health brings extensive rehabilitative knowledge and experience to the area as a healthcare organization that owns and operates 12 medical rehabilitation hospitals in Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Wisconsin, with five more in planning stages across the nation, to include additional hospitals in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Texas.

Groundbreaking for ClearSky Rockwall County is planned for Spring 2024, with an opening expected in Spring 2025.

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