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New outpatient rehabilitation clinic opens in Lehigh

September 26, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres residents no longer have to travel out of town to receive outpatient rehabilitation care - Lee Health opened a new Physical Rehabilitation Clinic on Lee Boulevard on Monday.

"Yesterday was our first day of business. We are excited to see people showing up," Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation for Lee Health Tad Cranfield said Tuesday afternoon.

The clinic is operated through a physician's referral and appointments.

Cranfield said the closest rehabilitation center to Lehigh Acres was located at the Sanctuary on Colonial Boulevard. After noticing that many patients were traveling to the Sanctuary location, their Cape Coral location and Gulf Coast Hospital, Lee Health wanted to provide high quality care closer to their Lehigh Acres homes.

"It provides them with a convenient place to get high quality and accessible rehabilitation services," Cranfield said.

Affected Sanctuary patients have been transferred to the Lehigh Acres clinic. A therapist, who was at the Sanctuary, is now the manager of the Lehigh Acres clinic. Crainfield said the Sanctuary patients have enjoyed seeing him at the new clinic.

"The patients that have been coming into town are very thankful it is out there. It is nice seeing them in the door," he added.

The clinic encompasses more than 4,000 square feet.

"We put some resources in to open the space up more," Cranfield said. "We did everything from floors to moving some walls around to paint and new tile. All the equipment is brand new, so it is basically a brand new facility."

Two physical therapists are on site currently offering such services as orthopedics, neurology and balance/vestibular rehab.

"We see a variety of things," Cranfield said.

Those include orthopedic issues, joint replacements, athletic injuries, back and/or neck pain, neurological issues such as a stroke or Parkinson's Disease, as well as balance and vestibular issues.

"It's certainly a new location for us. We are ready to scale up and put more therapists out there as needed," he said. "We built it so we can add resources out there and accommodate the needs of the community."

Up to seven physical therapists can be accommodated at the clinic. If the need arises, occupational and speech therapy can also be added to the services.

The clinic, which marks Lee Health's 15th outpatient rehabilitation clinic in Southwest Florida, is at 3400 Lee Boulevard.

 
 

 

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