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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Workers with Island Flooring of Oahu use a buffer to scrape remnants of carpet glue from the floor during the renovation of the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy Center, Nov. 24, 2014. The center will re-open Dec. 3 with new vinyl composite tile and rubber matting to reduce physical stress on patients. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Christine Cabalo)

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SMART Center begins renovations

1 Dec 2014 | Christine Cabalo Marine Corps Base Hawaii

Renovations are helping patients get top care starting from the bottom up at the Kaneohe Bay branch of the Sports Medicine And Rehabilitation Therapy Center.

The center is undergoing renovations to install new flooring for patients who are going through physical rehabilitation. The center is temporarily closed and scheduled to reopen Dec. 3. Crews are currently tearing out the old carpeting and installing the new surface before moving the center’s weight machines and other sports therapy equipment back in.

“The matting (will be) similar to what you see in gyms,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Themygerard Mendoza, leading petty officer for the SMART Center. “The mats will be sweat resistant and easier to clean when patients work out. If weights do drop, there will be less impact on the floor.”

The renovations are a joint project using Navy and Marine Corps funding. Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Facilities Department is assisting with removing the old carpet while Navy funds were spent to include the athletic rubber flooring that will line the top of the new surface. The base of the new floor will be a vinyl composite tile.

“This kind of flooring has a reduction of the possibility of infection,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Dionno Walker, work center supervisor and customer service representative. “This is less porous material, and we can better protect against MRSA, staph infections and other contagious diseases. We will be able more frequently clean the new flooring each week.”

The facility serves approximately more than 100 patients every day it’s open, Mendoza said. The new floor is expected to also reduce physical stress on patients as they complete their rehabilitation workouts. He said workout times for each patient vary depending on what they need for therapy and how long it takes them to complete their prescribed exercises. Physical therapy sessions can average from 20 minutes to one hour of workout time, and staff said a new floor would help a patient’s progress.

“The impact of equipment on the floor will be much less with the new flooring,” said Kevin Maurer, facilities operations specialist for Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. “The renovations will help reduce the impact on our floors and a patient’s body to better help their rehabilitation.”

The renovations are one of several changes SMART Center users can expect. New sports therapy equipment including a rowing machine, free-motion machine, exercise bikes and a TRX trainer will be available at the facility in January 2015, Maurer said.

Before the SMART Center temporarily shut down, staff sent out flyers, emails and contacted patients about the renovation. Patients are still able to make appointments at the Makalapa branch of the SMART Center while the new flooring is installed at K-Bay.

When the center re-opens, the facility will still maintain regular hours on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until the last scheduled patient finishes. Active-duty service members, retirees and other beneficiaries can get consultations from their primary care giver and then work to set up appointments at the SMART Center.

“We see a variety of patients at the clinic,” Mendoza said. “There are people who come in from (post-operation) and those who have chronic pain. If they have physical muscular-skeletal and joint issues, we can help with it.”

To schedule an appointment at Makalapa branch during the renovation at K-Bay, call 473-2444, ext. 94543.


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