Conversion of old rehab center soon to become 26 new medical/surgical beds

EDINBURG – Construction is now complete on a $5.2 million renovation project at the Edinburg Regional Medical Center/Edinburg Children’s Hospital campus. The existing Edinburg Regional Rehab Center, which used to be on the second floor of Edinburg Regional Medical Center, has now been moved to the fourth floor of Edinburg Children’s Hospital.

The Edinburg Regional Rehab Center supports patients’ recovery after major surgical procedures, falls, traumatic brain injury, stroke and other events that may put someone’s body into a weakened state. Speech, occupational and physical therapy are offered on an inpatient basis.

South Texas Health System built out 16,300 square feet of fourth floor shell space to house the newly upgraded rehab center, which now features expansive views of Edinburg through oversized windows, as well as soothing colors, natural light and the Arjo Huntleigh ceiling-mounted track – a specialty mobility device that helps patients learn to walk again. This track is the only device of its kind south of San Antonio. The project also includes a therapy gym, daily living training facilities, and a dedicated dining area to encourage patient interaction and facilitate visitation. A high acoustical ceiling mitigates noise, and floor patterns feature straight lines that patients can follow down the hall and contrasting colored bars as distance markers to assist therapists and patients with progress and establishing milestones. Green building materials such as zero VOC paints, CRI Green Label Plus Carpets and FloorScore Certified Resilient Flooring round out the features of the 22-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit.

The former rehab space on the second floor is nearly finished. It is being converted to 26 additional medical/surgical beds, which will increase the bed capacity of the campus to 235 beds.

“This is perfect timing for us. There is a lot of seasonality in the winter, and to have the extra space, we can take care of more patients now and down the line,” said Jennifer C. Garza, Chief Executive Officer for Edinburg Regional Medical Center and Edinburg Children’s Hospital. “Edinburg Regional Medical Center has a strong reputation for an ongoing commitment to high quality care. Patient demand for services has surpassed the hospital’s current bed capacity, but we are rising to the occasion.”  

Garza also said with the completion of the project South Texas Health System's Edinburg campus over the past five years has invested a total of $14.9 million in capital improvement projects and created 130 new jobs.

Over the last five years, Edinburg Regional Medical Center/Edinburg Children’s Hospital campus has added the daVinci Xi for robotic surgery, a 3T MRI, new digital mammography equipment, and has opened The Women’s Corner, the South Texas Diabetic and Metabolic Institute, the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute, and The Wound Healing Center.