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Vehicle Will Help Mercy Orthopedic Patients in Rehab

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The hospital, going up at Highway 65 and Evans Rd., has a new addition.  After students at Ozarks Technical Community College removed the engine, an SUV was lifted onto the third floor.  The installation was done before walls go up and the building is closed in.

Dave Globig, Mercy’s vice-president of operations, says the vehicle will be part of patients’ rehabilitation at the new facility.  He says returning to routine activities, like getting into a car, can create anxiety for patients after major knee and hip replacement surgeries…

"As they're here in the hospital and going through the rehab and getting ready to go home, just to be able to get in and out of a vehicle, which is something that can be very difficult for them, helps give them the confidence--it gives our staff and team the opportunity on how to appropriately get in and out of the car without hurting themselves."

The SUV was donated to OTC by the father of a student after it stopped running.  Students fixed it, and campus security drove it around campus.  When it had outlived its usefulness there, it was given to Mercy for patient rehab.

Ground was broken in spring 2011 for the new 200,000 square foot Mercy Orthopedic Hospital, which will be made up of four floors and contain ten operating rooms and 48 patient beds .  Completion is scheduled for fall 2013.