OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group Auxiliary members and volunteers have donated $55,000 to the Hospital in support of the new John & Melissa Besse Physical Rehabilitation & Wellness Center being constructed on the Hospital campus.
The new 13,300 square foot facility will offer new services, including aquatic therapy, speech therapy and a wellness program, as well as a larger space for existing physical and occupational therapy, work hardening, pediatric therapy and athletic training services, according to Lanna Scannell, manager of community relations and development at OSF St. Francis.
“We are excited about all the ways this new Center will benefit our community,” said Scannell. “The new warm-water therapy pool will be copper ionized and non-chlorinated, so individuals with allergies to chlorine will be able to use it. It will also feature an underwater treadmill and resistance jets. The pool can be used to treat children and adults who have nerve, sports, foot and ankle, spinal cord or closed head injuries; total joint replacements; arthritis; cardiac issues; fibromyalgia; chronic pain, Parkinson’s Disease; balance or fall risk; or other issues.”
The Center will also feature a wellness and “step” program for individuals converting from treatment to supervised preventive care, as well as a large central gym area for therapeutic exercise programs. It will offer 12 private treatment bays designated for general therapy needs, massage therapy, incontinence or lymphatic therapy, wound care and diabetic care; an occupational therapy area with a mock kitchen; and a designated pediatric therapy area for children with physical, emotional and/or developmental challenges.
“OSF is the only designated outpatient pediatric occupational therapy center in the community,” said Scannell. “Research shows early intervention can greatly improve a child’s development. Our pediatric occupational therapy program helps children learn about and better function in surrounding environments and aids in brain development and enhancement of foundational skills.”
The new Center is scheduled to open in the fall. Cost of the facility is $4.45 million. The Hospital received a donation of $2.5 million from the John & Melissa Besse Foundation, as well as $1.1 million from the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, and has approximately $500,000 available in unrestricted funds within the OSF St. Francis Hospital Foundation. The Hospital kicked off a capital campaign earlier this year to raise an additional $350,000 to complete the project. Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact Scannell at 786-5707 ext. 5516.
The OSF St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary & Volunteer program consists of approximately 125 volunteers who give of their time to help others. Members volunteer over 13,000 hours each year at the Hospital information desks, gift shop, surgery waiting lounge and through special projects, and raise more than $60,000 per year through annual events like the Lights of Love program, book sales, bake sales, gift shop sales and more.