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The Shannon Rehabilitation Hospital hosted ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday

The long-awaited rehabilitation hospital is opening in a few days in San Angelo.
Credit: Adriana Alexander

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Shannon Rehabilitation Hospital staff, an affiliate of Encompass Health, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the hospital's full opening next week. 

With 40 beds and more space, this hospital will replace Shannon Medical Center’s 14-bed rehabilitation unit, which has been providing rehabilitative care to patients since 1988.

The hospital is a joint venture of Shannon Health and Encompass Health and will serve patients recovering from debilitation conditions such as strokes and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic conditions and cardiac and pulmonary conditions.  

Encompass Health owns 136 hospitals, 241 home health locations, and 82 hospice locations in 39 states and Puerto Rico. The company says it is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective, integrated care across the healthcare continuum. Additionally, they are ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. 

“We knew that the prior facility was expanding and getting to be a little smaller than the people needed so we were more that happy to collaborate with Shannon Medical Hospital to meet the needs of the people in West Texas. After nearly two years of building and waiting, the day is finally here,” Encompass CEO Mark Tarr said. 

The new facility includes a large therapy gym with advanced rehabilitation technologies, activities-of-daily-living suite, dining room, in-house pharmacy and a therapy courtyard.

San Angelo native and CEO of Shannon Rehabilitation Hospital, Tracie Watkins, is stoked about the nearly three year-long opening and is excited for the people of her hometown to get the rehabilitation they need.

“We are ready to provide world class rehabilitative care to our friends and family in the Concho Valley because that is exactly what they deserve,” Watkins said.

This hospital is also a new service for Shannon Health and the only inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the Concho Valley area. Watkins also mentioned the hospital will be opening to new patients Monday morning.