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New Rehabilitation Facility

Lexington Medical Center has opened a new 10,000 square foot rehabilitation center at the hospital’s Extended Care campus in Lexington to ensure the hospital’s rehabilitation programs match the best services available anywhere. Patients requiring in-patient therapy following a hospital stay can receive treatment at this state-of-the-art addition.

The center provides physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy to patients recovering from a variety of conditions, illnesses and injuries including strokes, hip fractures, major joint replacements and general debilitation. Eighteen licensed therapists work full-time, in addition to other rehabilitation staff members providing restorative programs.

The hospital hosted a reception to mark the opening of the facility in December. Hospital and community leaders attended.

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“Treatments are tailored for each individual,” said Wayne Stowe, Lexington Medical Center’s Vice President for Extended Care. “The goal is to restore patients to their highest level of function so they can resume their previous activities.”

New functional areas such as an “Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Apartment” and equipment like the “car transfer simulator” have been incorporated to provide the best treatment possible. The “ADL Apartment” includes a kitchen, dining area, bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room. It allows occupational therapists to teach patients in a realistic home environment. The “car transfer simulator” allows instruction on how to get in and out of a car safely while also training family members on how to safely assist patients. An outside garden has been transformed for rehabilitation, too. It has different walking surfaces such as brick, concrete, sand and grass so that patients can be prepared for the different environments they will encounter when returning home.

“We are always striving to improve services and the new center will allow us to enhance our ability to meet the needs of our community,” Stowe said.

For more information about Lexington Medical Center Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services in the hospital’s network of care, please visit

Spotlight on Pet Therapy

Pet therapy at Lexington Medical Center has become a popular topic at our hospital this Christmas season. That’s because it’s the subject of our 2015 Christmas commercial.

WIS-TV came by for a visit to meet Butch Younginer and his great dane, “Rumor,” who work together as pet therapy volunteers cheering up patients throughout the hospital. You can see Rumor in action visiting patients in the story below.

Studies have shown that pet therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems, including those receiving cancer treatment or patients hospitalized with chronic heart failure. Family members, friends and staff feel better, too.

WLTX recently featured an interview with Dick and Fran Clinton, and their dog “Chester,” a poodle who also works as a pet therapy dog at the hospital. Meet Chester and his family in the video below.

You can watch the Christmas commercial on the hospital’s YouTube channel or during your favorite Christmas TV show this holiday season.

Treating Back Pain at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute

Surgery isn’t always necessary when it comes to back pain. At Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, doctors first work to get you better through treatments at home.

If surgery is needed, today’s back surgery is safer, requires less time in the hospital, and features faster recovery time. In this WLTX interview, Dr. Philip Toussaint, Lexington Medical Center neurosurgeon, explains how his practice fixes all types of back problems – caused by everything from trauma to lifting something that’s too heavy.