HPU, HPRH Establish Community Rehabilitation Clinic
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 24, 2016 – High Point University and High Point Regional Hospital announced today the partnered creation of the Community Rehabilitation Clinic – a clinic that will treat both the insured and the uninsured populations with a variety of physical therapy and rehabilitation needs.
“We are High Point’s University,” said Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “Through new, innovative science programs, our faculty and students will partner with High Point Regional Health physicians to provide specialized treatment for people in our city who need it most. This one-of-a-kind clinic will improve the lives of patients and their families in our community. We must help revitalize this city to ensure good things for our future. We cannot do it alone, but we can do it in concert with other anchor institutions, like we’re doing here today.”
“We are pleased to be able to collaborate with High Point University and their Department of Physical Therapy,” said Ernie Bovio, CEO and president of High Point Regional. “Together we will fill the need for expanded physical therapy services for the citizens of High Point. It’s our intent to grow and occupy this entire building, if necessary, to support the community’s medical needs and the students’ learning experience.”
Who will it help?
The clinic will help patients who are insured, as well as those who are uninsured or whose insurance doesn’t fully cover treatment. With a focus on physical therapy and rehabilitation, the clinic will help individuals improve movement, alleviate pain, and enhance their overall health and quality of life.
As HPU’s physical therapy doctoral program gets underway in 2017, students will begin offering pro bono services to patients who are uninsured or cannot afford treatment. Many conditions, such as but not limited to stroke, spinal cord injury and progressive degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, have a long recovery time or are minimally covered by insurance. Also, those with the side effects of obesity, such as type II diabetes, heart attack and high cholesterol, are minimally covered. These are the people that HPU students and faculty seek to serve through pro bono services.
About the partnership
High Point Regional Health and High Point University’s clinical partnership will be two-fold. It will focus on meeting the needs of those in the community while
also providing opportunities for student education. As part of this collaboration, High Point Regional will open a new physical therapy clinic in May 2016 and begin providing clinical education opportunities for students of High Point University’s physical therapy department in 2017-2018.
High Point Regional Health physicians will serve patients and staff the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Second-year doctoral students will practice and learn in the clinic, offer pro bono services and provide educational sessions to community groups.
Current health disparities exacerbate the needs for both well-trained professionals and a high performing, research and technology-driven rehabilitation clinic. Due to an aging baby boomer population that desires to stay active, and other factors such as more individuals having access to basic care, the demand for physical therapists is increasing by 34 percent through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Additionally, elementary, middle and high school students are invited to tour the clinic at multiple times throughout the year to expose and get them interested in science and health care. The public school teachers are also included in the tours to inspire them to teach STEM topics to their students.
When will it open?
The clinic will begin initial operations in May 2016. HPU will offer the property in a partnership with High Point Regional, and HPU will continue to maintain the property.
Currently, HPU’s Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab and Department of Physician Assistant Studies are temporarily housed in the space. They will move to the main HPU campus when the new complex that will house the Congdon School of Health Sciences and the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy opens in 2017.
What will it look like?
The clinic will include:
- 21,000-square-foot rehabilitation, research, and training clinic for Physical Therapy
- Modern human physiology research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment
- Standardized client training and assessment space for authentic, live case presentations
Much of the equipment HPU has purchased for the Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab will remain in the facility after these programs move to the main campus.