BAKERSFIELD, CA – HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital will host an invitation-only open house to celebrate its new expansion. The event will occur Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 3:45 p.m. at the hospital, located at 5001 Commerce Drive in Bakersfield.

Special Features Benefit Patients
The approximately $7.2 million expansion, mainly built by local contractors and suppliers, adds 20 beds in private rooms, bringing the total number of beds to 86. Each of the new rooms includes state-of-the-art equipment, such as in-room oxygen and specialized plumbing for on-site hemodialysis services. In addition, two deluxe rooms have been created with bariatric patients in mind, including wider doors, larger restrooms, and built in Hoyer lifts for employee safety.

Other features of the expansion include a new gym, the largest inpatient gym in the county; a second, separate dining area; a second employee lounge; and three outdoor patio spaces, which feature drought-resistant zero-scape landscaping.

Upgrades Include Personnel
Twenty new positions have been added to the hospital staff, including nurse supervisor, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, case manager, and rehabilitation liaison. Two new physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians have been recruited to treat the additional patients who can now be seen due to the HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital expansion, bringing more experts into the community.

“HealthSouth is the only acute rehabilitation hospital within about 100 miles of Bakersfield, so it is exciting to be able to offer more patients and their families’ access to the therapy they need to regain their independence,” says HealthSouth Bakersfield CEO Martha Samora. “We have consistently been near our daily capacity, and this expansion will allow us to serve up to 45 more patients every month.”

About HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital is an 86-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout Bakersfield, California, and surrounding communities, the hospital is located at 5001 Commerce Drive and on the Web at www.healthsouthbakersfield.com.

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both hospital based inpatient, outpatient and home-based post-acute care in 33 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at www.healthsouth.com.