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  • Avera St. Luke’s Therapy Center Addition Now Open

Published on April 03, 2012

See Avera St. Luke’s Therapy Center at May 5 Open House

ABERDEEN (April 25, 2012) – The public is invited to see what the newly expanded Avera St. Luke’s Therapy Center has to offer to the Aberdeen region at an open house from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at 805 First Ave. S.E. Come join us for a tour, enjoy a continental breakfast and sign up for door prizes. A ribbon-cutting and blessing will be held at 9 a.m.

With the completion of the 14,000-square-foot, $3 million addition, outpatient rehabilitation services for all ages are now centralized in one location just north of the hospital. Physical, occupational, speech, massage and warm water therapy are offered, and the center features the region’s only full-size warm water therapy pool.

“Our Therapy Center is dedicated to being the premier rehabilitation facility in the upper Midwest,” said Leonard Suel, director of Avera St. Luke’s Physical Therapy. “This is truly a world-class facility.”

The addition, added to the original therapy center built in 2005, includes a large therapy gym on the south side with expansive windows, plus patient, staff and support spaces. As part of the hospital’s growth and expansion plans, massage therapy joined physical and aquatic therapy at the center in 2009. The rest of Avera St. Luke’s outpatient therapy services have now moved from the hospital’s Midland campus to the Therapy Center.

“Specialized equipment and services not found elsewhere in the region include computerized balance testing and treatment, driving simulation, Interactive Metronome, RT300 Electrical Stimulation Cycle, Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment for work simulation, and a mechanical unweighter, which allows a patient to walk without putting the full amount of weight on their legs,” Suel said.

With the goal of decreasing pain and improving function always foremost, conditions of the musculoskeletal and nervous system are treated at the center. Comprehensive rehabilitation and therapies are offered for back, neck, shoulder, knee and other pain; postsurgical conditions including trouble with the hand, balance problems, neurological rehabilitation for strokes and head injuries, developmental delays, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and more. Highly specialized and experienced health care professionals with advanced credentials offer hundreds of years of experience.

“Our goal and our vision were always to consolidate all of our outpatient rehabilitation services onto one site,” said K.C. DeBoer, vice president of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital Division. “This provides a healing atmosphere that our patients will find beneficial to their recovery and is a convenient, central location for all of their rehabilitation needs.”

The 20,000-square-foot therapy center is connected to Avera Dakota Medical Square to the east and the Aberdeen Family Y to the west. There is direct access to the Y, which allows easy transitioning to a personalized exercise program following formal therapy. For some clients, the Family Y facility can be used for certain aspects of rehabilitation.