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Washington County Hospital and Clinics removing pool, adding waiting room

Patients who use cardiology, neurology or rehab services at the Washington County Hospital and Clinics will soon have one common waiting room to share. A physical therapy pool is being removed to make way for the new space which is accessed off East Polk Street. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)
Patients who use cardiology, neurology or rehab services at the Washington County Hospital and Clinics will soon have one common waiting room to share. A physical therapy pool is being removed to make way for the new space which is accessed off East Polk Street. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)

WASHINGTON — It looks so simple on home remodeling shows.

Knock down a wall and make a room bigger.

Washington County Hospital and Clinics will be doing something similar to create a new waiting room for the physical therapy, neurology and cardiology departments.

At the board of trustees meeting Thursday, the board approved a $39,870 quote to cover construction, equipment and IT costs.

The new waiting room will be put in place of the existing therapy pool, which was located physical therapy area, next to the cardiology department.

Bridget Hill, chief operating officer, said the physical therapy area formerly housed the hospital’s therapy pool. However, the pool has not been used in four months due to a maintenance issue.

After draining the pool and looking closer at repairs, it was decided the most cost-effective option would be to fill in the pool and use the space differently. Six patients were using the pool for water therapy at the time, she said. Four were able to be transitioned to land therapy and the other two were referred to the United Presbyterian Home, which has a therapy pool of its own, to continue therapy.

The neurology department will be moved into that section of the hospital and a joint waiting room for all three departments will be constructed where the pool was formerly housed. Construction is set to begin this week and will be done in about three weeks.