Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock expands to meet growing community needs

Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock recently expanded from 60 to 93 beds to meet the growing post-acute healthcare needs of Lubbock, Texas, and surrounding areas.

The hospital, which is part of Ernest Health, provides specialized rehabilitation services to more than 1,100 children and adults annually who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. It offers the only pediatric inpatient rehabilitation program in the area, serving children and their families from outlying areas such as eastern New Mexico, the Texas panhandle, and the Permian Basin. With the additional beds, the hospital now is expected to treat about 2,000 patients every year.

In discussing the expansion, Craig Bragg, CEO of Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, says an increased community demand for more rehabilitative services is due to a number of factors, including a fast-growing population in Lubbock County and an aging population.

“A detailed market analysis showed individuals leaving the Lubbock area and going to other states and areas within Texas to receive specialized post-acute services,” he says. “This can cause significant hardships on patients and their families emotionally and financially. We knew it was our responsibility to explore how we could best meet this community need.”

After careful research and consideration, the hospital’s and Ernest Health’s leadership teams decided upon a $4.5 million expansion of its existing facility to create an additional 33 beds. The therapy gym also was enlarged to 7,700 square feet of therapeutic space.

“We’re confident that we have the capacity to handle existing post-acute rehabilitative needs in the area, while still allowing for anticipated growth during the next decade,” Bragg says. “We were fastidious in our due diligence to determine the right number of beds needed now and long-term to best serve the community. This was necessary to allow us to continue to provide high-quality general and specialized rehabilitative care in pediatrics, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and strokes. We’ll continue to devote resources to treatments, technology, and staff training to provide the highest care available in the nation to our patients.”

Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital, which has served the Lubbock area since 2008, has twice been recognized in the Top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States. The expansion has provided 119 additional jobs for the area, with 70 more planned within the next three years.