Health

Roosevelt Warm Springs blends history with modern, patient-centric amenities

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals’ significant renovation project seamlessly blends 90 years of storied history with a modern, state-of-the-art community hospital to provide quality care to its patients.

“We are advancing positive health outcomes and transforming the patient experience by focusing on intensive, highly-personalized care in modernized facilities. The model for improving health and delivering the absolute best in patient rehabilitative care is right here at Roosevelt Warm Springs Hospitals,” said David Mork, CEO of Roosevelt Warm Springs Hospitals.

Construction began at historic Roosevelt Warm Springs in November 2015 to renovate 90,000 square feet of the facility where clinical long-term acute care and rehab care is provided. The renovated LTACH was unveiled in January, and since then, work has continued in the East Wing which houses the rehab hospital.

The facility’s primary entrance has been relocated to the East Wing featuring a new roundabout drive and canopy so the entrance is more visible and accessible to patients and their families. All patient rooms on the third floor of the East Wing have received new flooring, fresh paint and updated ceilings. The nurses’ stations have new counters and countertops. The outdoor porches on the East Wing have been restored and reopened to the outside – as they were in the days of Roosevelt – so that patients and their families can enjoy an open-air atmosphere once again.

“Roosevelt Warm Springs has been steeped in history since its founding in 1927. We have been good stewards of that history by restoring much of the facility’s original glory while also dramatically improving infrastructure to ensure we give our patients advanced, quality care,” said Mork.

Mork was joined by Augusta University President Dr. Brooks Keel, AU Medical Center CEO Lee Ann Liska, and other distinguished guests in celebrating the completion of the renovation project on Tuesday.

“The designers and architects have done an incredible job revitalizing this national treasure that is Roosevelt Warm Springs,” said Liska. “As the state’s public academic medical center, Augusta University Health was given the privilege to renovate and operate one of Georgia’s oldest and most revered assets. We are extremely proud of the modern, patient-centric amenities we’ve incorporated into the campus to improve the experiences of our patients and families. In addition, we know the best asset in Warm Springs is our high-quality health care team; our caregivers truly embody the legacy and spirit that create the unique healing environment of Warm Springs.”

Augusta University Health assumed management of the rehabilitation and acute-care services at Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals in 2013 in conjunction with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. In 2014, a new private hospital was created as part of the Augusta University Health System.

For nine decades, Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals has provided a comprehensive, individualized style to medical rehabilitation for patients, enabling them to return to the most independent lifestyle possible in their homes and communities.

About 600 patients are admitted to Roosevelt Warm Springs Long-Term Acute Care Hospital yearly. These patients usually have a need for ventilator weaning or have complex conditions or illnesses involving their respiratory system, cardiovascular/peripheral vascular system, infectious diseases, or complex wounds and require a level of care comparative to an ICU.

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Haley Hughes

Haley Hughes is the Facilities Communications Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-729-2098 or hhughes@augusta.edu.