Encompass Health to open ten new beds


Patients at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital at Memorial can rest a little easier knowing they’re in good hands and now even better beds.

The facility added ten new beds this week, now making them a 43-bed hospital.

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As the only in-patient rehab facility in the Gulfport area, this year they’ve been especially busy with many patients held on a waiting list.

Now with the additional beds, they’re better equipped to help care for anyone recovering from an illness or injury including coronavirus. Encompass Health Business Development Director Kristy Sargent said, “Patients did not stop having strokes, they didn’t stop having hip fractures, and the other things we were already taking care of. But then you added in the COVID recovery patients because they were often times being in an ICU for sometimes 2-3 weeks and really needed the in-patient rehab afterwards to get them back on their feet so that they could go back home. We’ve had some really great recoveries of a few patients that had COVID that were able to go home completely independent.”

Patients at their facility are typically ready to go home within ten to 14 days. The new beds will officially open for use on Friday.