WellSpan celebrates five years of surgery & rehab facility

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

WellSpan’s Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital is celebrating five years of service in York County with a milestone in patients served.

WellSpan patient Joseph Fort, of York Township, participated in a recent Brain Injury Awareness Pop-up Art Show at WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, Apple Hill campus. The event included community resources, patient and family education and various artwork by patients, caregivers and WellSpan staff.

Since the hospital opened in April 2012, the facility’s clinicians and staff have provided surgical and inpatient rehabilitation programs to more than 17,000 people, according to a news release.

“We are proud to care for every single patient who comes through our doors – with compassion, dedication and exceptional clinical quality.” said Barbara Yarrish, president of the Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, in the release.

The 73-bed, 156,000-square-foot hospital took nearly two years to build at WellSpan’s Apple Hill campus.

In January 2016, the hospital became the first in the southern midstate to be awarded a three-year specialty accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Brain Injury Specialty Program — the highest level awarded by the commission, according to a separate release.

One of the program’s patients, Joseph Fort, said  in April that the staff at the Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital gave him  motivation toward recovering from a brain injury after he was involved in a motorcycle crash in York City last year.

“They got me really motivated to walk (again),” Fort, 21, said. During his care, Fort even celebrated his birthday at the facility.

“I wouldn’t have changed having my birthday party (there),” Fort said.

“Everyone there is just so positive,” he said about the staff.

“WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital is truly a valuable community resource,” Yarrish said in the release. “Not only has it allowed us to impact thousands of lives in our community, but it has also allowed us to expand our care offerings at WellSpan York Hospital – meaning we can now provide more care to more people, every day. That’s certainly worth celebrating.”

Editor's note: A previous version of this story misspelled Joseph Fort's name and updated his age. The CARF certification date also was corrected.