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DERIDDER, La. (AP) — TriParish Rehabilitation Hospital has opened a $500,000 facility housed within the site of Beauregard Memorial Hospital.

The American Press reported (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) the new facility is called Rehabilitation Hospital of Beauregard.

It provides physical rehabilitation care, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, respite, speech, social services, dietary therapy and around-the-clock nursing.

The campus is on the third floor of Beauregard Memorial Hospital and includes therapy gyms, private and semi-private rooms, a dining area and a nurse station.

Mark Harris, CEO of Maxim Management Group, which manages Tri Parish Rehabilitation Hospital, said the DeRidder area's growing population of senior citizens warranted expansion beyond the company's current facility in Rosepine.

"Today we're at 13 out of 16 beds in the Beauregard (Memorial Hospital) facility, and we're at 15 out of 20 at Rosepine, so that tells you right there that there's a need," he said.

Harris said the company spent nearly $500,000 on renovations at Beauregard Memorial to provide inpatient rehabilitation services similar to those offered in Rosepine.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Beauregard will employ about 80 people. The staff will be led by TriParish director Dr. Jenness Courtney III.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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