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Loma Linda University Medical Center Celebrates Groundbreaking on Inland Empire's Most Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center

New Rehabilitation Pavilion Offers Unique Skills Training Where Patients Replicate Real-World Challenges in Environment of Enhanced Learning and

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LOMA LINDA, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), the Inland Empire's leader in physical rehabilitation for survivors of stroke, fractures, amputations, brain injuries, neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, joint replacements, and other disabling illnesses or injuries, has broken ground on a 30,000-square-foot, 24-bed rehabilitation pavilion that will bring unique services to the region.

The new Tom & Vi Zapara Rehabilitation Pavilion will include the imaginative "Independence Square" where patients will have the opportunity to experience many real-world situations and challenges in a safe and teaching environment. The new facility is the latest addition to the medical center's 23-acre East Campus, whose Rehabilitation, Orthopedic & Neurosciences Institute (RONI) places among the top 3 percent of such facilities in the nation, according to a survey by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The February 25 groundbreaking and tree planting ceremony drew more than 200 attendees, many of whom were survivors of disabling injuries.

"The rehabilitation pavilion -- the only one of its kind in the Inland Empire -- has been uniquely designed to address the physical and psychological needs of survivors of disabling illness and injury," said Michael Jackson, administrator and senior vice president of Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus. "The environment will offer healing spaces that are physically and psychologically supportive of patients and their families, with the goal of reducing stress and promoting a sense of well-being and health.

"Research by the Center for Health Design has shown that a hospital's physical environment and care philosophy is closely linked to positive outcomes," continued Jackson. "Patients simply recover more quickly, have less pain, and have a more successful transition to everyday life when cared for in a supportive atmosphere."

Dan Davies, a former police officer who was disabled in the line of duty in San Bernardino, said, "I'm thrilled to see Loma Linda University Medical Center investing in innovative rehabilitation tools and facilities that can help survivors return more rapidly to a life of independence and normalcy."

Independence Square will provide patients an environment where they can relearn a variety of daily living skills, from climbing stairs or counting change correctly to ordering from a menu or pounding a nail. Also included in Independence Square will be a kitchen and bedroom where patients will become comfortable performing routine household tasks and where family members can participate in the healing process.

"Finding real-life solutions to daily challenges is at the heart of recovery," said Jackson. "Independence Square makes rehabilitation more realistic, more interesting and more effective. It includes ramps, curbs, steps, turnstiles, counters and a variety of floor surfaces, so patients can apply relearned motor and cognitive skills to negotiate a variety of challenges."

Jackson believes that this unique approach to rehabilitation also will offer physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists an "unprecedented opportunity to use the full range of their skills to help patients regain independent lives."

About Loma Linda University Medical Center

Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), a Seventh-Day Adventist institution, is among the largest private medical educational centers in the United States and the only one in inland Southern California. It is also the only Level 1 Regional Trauma Center for four inland Southern California counties. Since 1905, LLUMC has served the worldwide community and is the international leader in infant heart transplantation and proton radiation therapy for cancer. The medical center, including its East Campus and the LLU Behavioral Medical Center, has nearly 900 patient beds and serves over 33,000 inpatients and 650,000 outpatients annually.

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