Spectrum Health United Hospital upgrades include new gym and kitchen


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:00 am on Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shirley Grube of Six Lakes practices her therapy on the balancing board in the new rehab gym at Spectrum Health United Hospital on Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — To help rehabilitating patients function on their own, Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville has revamped its facilities to cater to their needs.

Shirley Grube of Six Lakes has been using the rehab gym for about two weeks.

She said she had to have surgery on her back, which caused her to lose feeling in her legs. Since starting her therapy at Spectrum Health United Hospital, she is starting to regain the feeling, and even walked from her room down the hall to gym without needing a wheel chair.

“They really do make miracles happen here,” Grube said.

In July, the rehab gym was opened as part of the United Rehab and Nursing Center and is equipped to help patients be on their own after they leave the hospital.

“(The facility) helps them to get back to how they were,” said Sarah Christensen, rehab assistant.

Before the renovations started, the hospital had a gym for the patients. However, it was not quite as nice or as open as the new location.

Christensen said the big upgrade for this rehab location is that it is in the rehab unit so patients do not have to travel as far to get to it.

Currently, Spectrum provides three types of therapies, including speech, occupational and physical for the patients to take advantage of.

The rehab gym comes stocked with a step bike, arm bike, parallel bars and more. Patients are also able to do other exercises such as a balancing board to help build strength throughout their body.

Also in the United Rehab and Nursing Center, Spectrum built an Activities of Daily Living Kitchen for patients.

Christensen said the kitchen is designed to help patients practice routines they will do once they are back home, such as making meals and retrieving dishes.

“This helps patients get ready for the daily living before they go home and do it on their own,” she said.

In the future, Spectrum Health United Hospital officials hope to be able to expand the rehab gym even more to accommodate more patients.

Christensen said the program now has 12 patients, which has grown from about six previously.

“We’re growing,” she said. “It’s nice to see.”

The new Activities of Daily Living Kitchen is designed to help patients practice household chores such as making dinner and item retrieval before leaving the hospital. — Daily News/Cory Smith

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