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    Rehab facility 1st for state

    October 31, 2002
    Rehab facility 1st for state

    * Methodist breaks ground on center for severely disabled
    By Pamela Berry
    Vickie D. King / The Clarion-Ledger

    Sharon Woodfield (left) talks with Bruns Myers III, chaplain at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center, on Wednesday during ground-breaking ceremonies for the facility's new long-term specialty care center. Woodfield's son, Michael, suffered a severe head injury in a 1997 motorcycle crash.  

     Sharon Woodfield said that for many, the groundbreaking ceremony held in Flowood on Wednesday just meant another building going up.
    But for Woodfield, celebrating the construction of the Methodist Speciality Care Center on Methodist Rehabilitation Center's east campus was a "personal victory."

    "I hope others never have to experience the tragedy that we've suffered," she said. "But if they ever do, this will be a wonderful place for their loved one."
    Woodfield's son Michael, at 29, suffered a closed head injury in 1997 during a motorcycle accident, leaving him unable to speak or perform basic functions.
    The $9 million center will be the first facility in the state to provide long-term, around-the-clock care for Mississippi's severely disabled.

    Woodfield, the widow of the late state Sen. Clyde Woodfield, cares for her son at home in Gulfport.

    But because he requires constant care and must be fed through a stomach tube, Woodfield said she's often worried what would happen to him if she weren't there to take care of him.

    "This will be a place where a child like mine will go," Woodfield said as tears rolled down her cheeks. "Now I don't have to worry anymore."

    The three-story facility, which will have 60 private rooms, is scheduled to open in 2004. It will create 120 new jobs.

    "This is a significant achievement for Mississippi and especially for our residents who are severely disabled," said Mark Adams, president and CEO of Methodist Rehab. "It will make a huge difference in the lives of those who have had to move to other states to receive the specialized care and treatment they require."

    Because the center is so unique, organizers had to seek special legislation in 1998 to proceed with its construction.

    While classified by the state as a nursing facility, the center will be geared specifically towards people with severe disabilities, including those with spinal cord and closed head injuries.

    Adams praised state leaders for working together on the project.

    "The governor, Legislature, Division of Medicaid and the Mississippi State Department of Health should all be commended for following through and making this dream a reality," Adams said.

    Features of the facility will include specialized environmental control equipment that can be voice activated or operated by breath-controlled devices.
    Each room will include a telephone, cable television and access to the Internet.
    Common areas will be located throughout the facility for gatherings or social events, and a specially designed van will be available to transport patients to hospitals, clinics, college classes or even shopping and sightseeing.

    "Our intent is to provide our patients with the ability to experience life as much as their individual disability allows," said Bobby Stigler, the new center's director.

    Hospital To Add Long-Term Disability Facility

    Hospital To Add Long-Term Disability Facility
    Facility Scheduled To Open In 2004

    POSTED: 12:13 p.m. CST October 31, 2002

    FLOWOOD, Miss. -- A Jackson hospital is building a long-term care facility for Mississippians with severe disabilities.

    The Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson broke ground for the Methodist Specialty Care Center Wednesday on its east campus in Flowood.

    The center is classified by the state as a nursing facility. It will be geared toward people with severe disabilities such as spinal cord and closed head injuries.

    Methodist Rehab president and chief executive officer Mark Adams said the $9 million facility will be the first of its kind in the state.

    The three-story facility will have 60 private rooms and will create 120 new jobs.

    It is scheduled to open in 2004.
    Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. A

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