April 25, 2016

Stamford Hospital Opens New Sports Rehab Unit at Chelsea Piers Designed by SLAM

Stamford Hospital recently opened the doors to a new 9,300-square-foot sports rehabilitation facility located within the Chelsea Piers Connecticut Sports Complex in Stamford. This collaboration between Stamford Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) brings the expertise and the latest protocols and practices in rehabilitative medicine and physical therapy treatments to the greater Stamford area. The new facility, designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), provides an innovative space for the rehabilitative therapy of sports-related injuries and conditions serving individuals of all ages, including competitive and recreational athletes. The program is managed by HSS, the internationally recognized expert in orthopedic care, and employs renowned orthopedists from both HSS and Stamford Hospital ensuring a patient experience with superior outcomes.

The new rehabilitation unit includes a 3,200-square-foot physical therapy gym, five open treatment bays, three private treatment rooms, hand therapy treatment space, a hydrotherapy pool, reception area, locker rooms and support space. The physical therapy gym takes full advantage of the existing two-story height space allowing ample ceiling height for fitness activities and equipment, including a state-of-the-art AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. The hydrotherapy pool is a unique physical therapy feature that assists in optimizing patient recovery and provides a safe environment for patients with post-operative precautions or to help with sports specific training.

For Stamford Hospital, patient experience is the top priority – and therefore the spaces are designed to foster a team-based approach to care enabling collaboration between Sports Rehab clinicians and a range of multi-disciplinary specialists resulting in the highest quality of patient-centered care. The design is focused on patient comfort providing an upscale aesthetic environment themed around vibrant active lifestyles. With tall ceilings and transparency from inside to out, natural light floods the physical therapy space promoting health, wellness, and healing. Patients are welcomed by a warm wood ceiling, modern terrazzo flooring, and an abstract custom-made mural located in the reception area “designed to represent energy and motion,” says Tracy Caisse, AIA, SLAM Project Designer. “This new space is meant to break the mold of institutional physical therapy…We really wanted the space to be less institutionalized, reflecting a sporty, modern, and recreational environment.”

“This project was truly a collaborative effort,” says Tracy. “We are excited for the benefits the new space will provide to the greater Stamford community.”

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