New Lubbock Hospital Focuses on Geriatric Issues - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/23/08

New Lubbock Hospital Focuses on Geriatric Issues

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There is a new hospital in Lubbock that will open its doors to the public on Thursday, but NewsChannel 11 was invited for an exclusive preview of TrustPoint Hospital. 

Although we found lots of art still on the floor waiting to go up and furniture still on the truck waiting to be unloaded, we learned that this facility will provide a first of its kind service to this area.

The entire second floor is dedicated to seniors with depression or behavior issues.  Registered Nurse, Wendy Woolard, who serves as Trust Point Hospital's Director of Nursing, says, "The geriatric psych patient that we will be admitting here will have suffered some kind of significant loss, quality of life change, due to the loss of a spouse, dementia, behavioral issues that are keeping them from functioning well wherever they are in the community."

The first floor of TrustPoint is dedicated to rehab services. Trust Point Hospital's Director of Rehabilitation Services, Craig Bragg, adds that, "About half our patients will be patients with neurological impairments or with major multiple trauma type impairments.  So, we will get a lot of patients from UMC and also from Covenant. We're picking patients up after they've gone through a catastrophic injury or illness, usually a life changing event, helping them adapt to their new physical limitations in a way they they're not disabled, they're able to do things in spite of their handicaps."

The average stay at TrustPoint, either rehab or behavior therapy, is about 2 weeks.

If you would like to check out this new 71-bed facility, there will be an Open House from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24. It is located just north of Loop 289 on Quaker Avenue.

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