More than 200 health care professionals, local elected officials and community leaders recently gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Aspire Physical Recovery Center of West Alabama.

Located in Northport, Aspire of West Alabama focuses on offering short-term rehabilitation services to the community. From the moment a person is admitted for rehab, a team begins planning for that person to recover quickly and leave the center.

“We review each patient’s goals and where they plan to return to after rehab,” Aspire of West Alabama Executive Director Vicki Phillips said. “For example, some patients need to be fully independent because they’ll be living on their own. Other patients have different goals because they’re returning to an assisted living facility and will have some assistance. We look at the individual’s needs, and what they’ll need to do when they leave our center.”

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The anti-gravity track lift system is positioned over the parallel bars at Aspire Physical Recovery Center of West Alabama.

Offering physical, occupational and speech therapy, Aspire of West Alabama has a large staff of therapists and nurses and a multitude of tools to help each patient accomplish his or her goals. The center’s gym includes a driving simulator, anti-gravity track lift system and a home-like kitchen and laundry.

“The equipment is second to none in West Alabama and across the state,” Phillips explained. “The anti-gravity track lift system is critically important when a physician orders that a patient is only allowed to bear a portion of their weight. We can precisely adjust how much weight the person bears and build their confidence by increasing that amount over the course of their therapy.”

Aspire of West Alabama is licensed as a skilled nursing care center and is equipped to care for up to 75 people. The approximately 50,000 square foot building includes 55 private suites. Each suite includes a private bathroom with a shower, refrigerator, high-definition television and wireless Internet access. The center also offers luxury amenities such as high-end dining experiences, a putting green, spa, courtyard and bistro.

“We hope our patients, or guests as we like to call them, feel like they’re on vacation when they’re with us,” Phillips said. “We want them to look at this as somewhat of a hotel or resort and feel like they are guests here. We use a very specific customer service program that is modeled after a successful hotel chain and our employees have really embraced it.”