RPMH to break ground on new cardiac rehab, wellness center

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) has been busy the last couple of years with renovations and expansion projects to meet the growing healthcare needs of Nolan County. The hospital will kick-off then next phase of its growth plans on Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new cardiac rehabilitation and wellness facility. "We're in a busy and exciting era here at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital," said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. "Our construction projects have been the result of the growing and evolving healthcare needs of Nolan County. Residents should be pleased to know that superior medical care can be found locally. That's not a convenience many rural communities have."RPMH launched its cardiac rehabilitation program in 1995. Since then, they have expended hours for the program and worked to find enough space to meet their patient volume. The new facility will combine their cardiac rehabilitation program with space for their wellness program. The new 7,300-square-foot facility will significantly increase workout area for patients and provide room for fitness and aerobic exercise.Boatright said that the new facility will include space for the hospital to provide more public education seminars and programs. The hospital's diabetes support program will also benefit with more space, the prescription assistance program can finally be brought on-campus and other health- and fitness-related education programs can be added once the center opens."The amazing thing about our growth projects is that all projects have been funded from reserves and other revenue sources, as well as from performance contracts," Boatright explained. "Our use of local contractors and staffing additions add extra value to our community's economy."Increasing preventative services such as post-acute care, accessible wellness initiatives, and promotion of healthy living is imperative to creating a strong community. As the hospital continues to expand and add much-needed services, residents benefit by having much-needed healthcare resources locally without the need of having to travel to nearby larger communities.The construction of the new cardiac rehabilitation/wellness center is expected to last eight months, with a target opening of late spring or early summer 2014.The groundbreaking ceremony for the new project will take place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the hospital's campus. For more information, call 325-235-1701 ext. 221.