Orange Park, FL -- Orange Park Medical Center is expanding its Rehabilitation Services to include a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation center. The center will open to patients on Friday, July 1st. It is the first comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation center in Clay County.

"As our population continues to grow, the need for inpatient rehabilitation services in Clay County is growing," said Chad Patrick, CEO of Orange Park Medical Center. "This facility will offer those who have been critically ill or injured and who need more extensive care the ability to recover close to home."

The new inpatient rehabilitation center will help patients overcome functional limitations brought on by injury or illness through three or more hours of therapy a day, six to seven days a week. The 17,497-square-foot center features 20 private patient rooms, a gym and a private dining room for the residents. The care team includes specially-trained physicians, nurses, speech language pathologists, and physical and occupational therapists.

"Last year, Orange Park Medical Center cared for more than 180 patients who needed additional inpatient rehabilitation care following their hospital stay," said Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Director Kristen Gerking. "Going forward, this new center will enable patients to stay close to home near family and friends - something that has proven to aid in speeding a successful recovery."

Patients will most frequently need inpatient rehabilitation if they have suffered one of the following:

  • Stroke
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Events
  • Brain, Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Orthopedic Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Neuromuscular Disorders

Orange Park Medical Center and The Clay County Chamber hosted an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the new facility on Monday, June 27th.

Charles Perry Construction served as the lead contractor for the $10 million project.