New Developments


On July 18, UMC and Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health Corp. broke ground on our new 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital, located beside the UMC Business and Technology Center on North Slide. The specialized hospital will offer a new service line for people in Lubbock and surrounding communities through its comprehensive rehabilitation services.

Along with the ceremonial groundbreaking, an invocation was delivered by Rev. Larry Cothrin, Director of Pastoral Care at UMC, and remarks were provided by Chris Wortham, CEO of the future inpatient rehabilitation hospital; John Lowe, Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UMC; and Mark Tarr, president and CEO of Encompass Health Corp.

The freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital will include private patient rooms, a spacious therapy gym, an in-house pharmacy, a dialysis suite, courtyard, dining room and dayroom areas. Services through the new hospital are expected to begin spring 2019.

The hospital team will provide inpatient rehabilitation services and higher medical management for patients recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, hip fractures, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and complex orthopedic conditions. Patients will receive a minimum of three hours per day of therapy for five days each week, 24-hour nursing care, access to advanced technologies and frequent visits by an attending physician during their stay.“UMC is pleased to join forces with Encompass Health in the development of the South Plains Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Lowe. 


“We are both committed to a high-level of patient service and quality. We believe this rehabilitation hospital will elevate rehabilitation options, giving patients in Lubbock and the region access to a wider range of care.”

We are so excited for the opportunities South Plains Rehabilitation Hospital will provide in Lubbock!

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