UCHealth opens new rehabilitation unit at Poudre Valley Hospital

Relocation will enable Medical Center of the Rockies to care for more patients.
June 26, 2018

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (June 26, 2018) – UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital opened a new unit today to help people who have experienced major injury or illness to regain the skills necessary for everyday life.

A nurse demonstrates how to use a mechanical lift by lifting a nurse in a hospital room.
UCHealth injury prevention coordinator Adam Bivens, with help from nurse Nicole Huelat, gives a refresher course on the use of patient handling and mobility equipment prior to the opening of the new rehabilitation unit at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. The unit opened on June 26, 2018. Photo by Kati Blocker, UCHealth.

In the new 14-bed rehabilitation unit on the third floor, staff and providers will care for patients with disabilities resulting from stroke, neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation, multiple injuries due to trauma and complex orthopedic conditions.

“Our job is to get patients back to living after suffering life-changing medical events,” said Dr. Dan Wilson, medical director of the new rehabilitation unit.

The state-of-the-art acute rehab setting provides patients with convenient access to other important clinical services on-site without the hassle of transportation during treatment. With ease, patients can access respiratory therapy and a rapid response team of physicians, nurses and other clinicians who are highly trained to diagnose and treat emerging and acute clinical issues.

A hospital bed
PVH’s new rehabilitation unit features 14 private, spacious patient rooms. Photo by Kati Blocker, UCHealth.

The rehabilitation unit in the newly renovated space features:

  • Private patient rooms.
  • Ceiling-mounted patient lifts.
  • Rehabilitation gym.
  • Full training residential-style kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
  • Specialized therapy rooms and equipment.
  • Safe and secure patient environment.

For the past several years, the rehabilitation has been housed on the fifth floor of UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. MCR frequently is operating near capacity. Moving the unit to its new home at PVH will enable the MCR team to care for more acute medical and surgical patients. The former rehabilitation space at MCR will be renovated and is expected to be ready for patients later this summer.


About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.