• Ribbon Cutting Celebrates The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida’s Expansion

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    September 06, 2018
    The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida

    Destin, Fla., Sept. 6 – On Sept. 5, the Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida celebrated its expansion with a ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber. Also in attendance were the Greater Fort Walton Beach and Walton Area chambers of commerce, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s Board of Trustees, Okaloosa County officials, area physicians, and others.
    The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida’s expansion includes 10 new private inpatient rooms, four of which are equipped for bariatric patients; an expanded physical therapy gym; new landscaping; and an outdoor therapy garden that will foster the patient’s ability to interact with nature while working on functional activities in a safe environment. The therapy garden and gazebo installation are expected to start this month and will be completed by late November.
    The Rehabilitation Institute is located at 996 Airport Road and is the only inpatient acute rehab facility in the tri-county area. It is also the only CARF-accredited stroke specialty center in the entire panhandle and provides a seven-day-per-week therapy program with registered nurses and therapists to provide a quicker recovery for patients who have suffered from a stroke. The program ranks in the top 25th percentile out of all rehab programs nationwide and was recently honored with an award recognizing the commitment to quality outcomes and patient care. To qualify for the award, rehab facilities, such as the Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, must meet quality measures developed to improve outcomes for patient’s undergoing rehabilitation for various debilitating injuries or illnesses. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and improving everyday living for their patients. The award was presented to the program director Rebecca Jones, the medical director Dr. Anthony DeCotis, and the facility’s team of rehabilitation specialists.

    For more information about the facility, please call (850) 650-8837 or visit

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