Rehabilitation Hospital Unveils New Rooms

Stacy Smith, CEO of Valir Rehabilitation Hospital

Stacy Smith, CEO of Valir Rehabilitation Hospital

Valir Rehabilitation Hospital was originally constructed as a hotel, built for The World Fair that never made its way to Oklahoma. Through the decades the facility has operated as a medical facility, becoming Valir Rehabilitation Hospital in 2004. Although the expertise and quality of care continued to evolve and improve with the passing of time, much of the building’s aesthetics have remained the same. “What we do here is amazing,” said Hospital CEO Stacy Smith, speaking on the transformation of patients during their stay at Valir. “We’ve always been able to produce higher outcomes than regionally or nationally, in a ‘less than’ environment. We’ve done incredible things with few resources. I’ve wanted our rooms, beds, and technology to be worthy of the work we produce.”

Not a detail was missed with the unveiling of the new rooms, patients can enjoy upgrades such as Corian stone counter tops, modern tile, new furnishings and contemporary art for the walls. “Storage is a huge component of each room,” added Smith. “We’ve watched for years as patients and families have struggled, until now there was no ability to organize a room or allow for guests to keep any storage of their own.” In a rehabilitation hospital often times a patient will require a number of essentials to rehab, such as walkers, wheelchairs, C-collars, oxygen, braces, etc., leaving little space for personal belongings. To remedy this problem, Valir had custom head walls constructed which include lower cabinets with drawers and upper shelving units, the beds have additional drawers for storage, and each room includes built-in closets.

Unique features have been included in the room design, to maximize comfort for not only the patient, but for the families that stay throughout the recovery process. For example, Smith designed a window seat couch that with the turn of a cushion, transforms into a twin bed allowing the occupant to have a comfortable nights sleep. Knowing that families often stay for days or weeks in an ICU waiting room prior to their stay at Valir, Smith wanted to ensure a sense of comfort once they arrive to begin the next phase of recovery. “This has been 10 years in the making. We’ve had the opportunity to make every choice in the design serve a specific purpose.”

Technology was an important aspect of the redesign concept, including upgrades for both clinical staff and patients alike. “The beds are what I’m most proud of,” Smith described. “I don’t remember a day in my professional life that I was more excited, than the day the truck pulled up to unload our new beds.” Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art, adjustable beds that have built-in technology such as patient scales, pressure alarms, programmable fall risk, among other features, and are linked to the nurse’s station to provide maximum safety. “The new systems allow us to track things we’re not even aware of yet. We can pull reports on patients at any time during their stay,” explained Smith.

In addition to the beds, upgrades include air units that provide six fresh air exchanges per hour, flat screen TVs, LED lighting and fixtures to improve light and visibility, additional outlets and multiple USB charging stations. By early next year Smith hopes to have the spinal cord injury wing equipped with blue tooth and voice activated technology, giving independence to patients that have lost mobility. The patient rooms were first priority on a grand-scale renovation project that includes major changes and additions to both the interior and exterior of the hospital. The campus will remain a construction zone throughout next year, but Smith is proud of the progress so far. “The teamwork it took to keep everything together during this process is amazing. And knowing what we were able to accomplish with what we had before, I can’t imagine what we’ll be able to do now.”

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