Everest Rehab

The new Everest Rehabilitation Center on Southeast HK Dodgen Loop in Temple is nearing completion.

Soon, residents of Temple and Killeen in need of physical rehabilitation no longer will have to take long trips down to Austin or up to Waco to receive treatment.

The Everest Rehabilitation Hospital in Temple, 23621 SE HK Dodgen Loop, will serve as a well-equipped rehabilitation facility for Central Texas.

Temple’s hospital will be the second of Everest’s two new hospitals, with the other being built in Longview.

The new hospitals are identical, with each 41,000-square-foot facility having 36 private rooms and two gyms.

“We are going to treat anything from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputees,” Jay Quintana, Everest chief executive officer, said. “There are about 13 diagnoses that we are going to treat in this (area).”

Among the many different types of equipment that will be used in the hospital, there is a water treadmill, which serves as a more sanitary version of a similar product in a pool, and an anti-gravity machine that will allow patients to slowly walk again without the pressure of their weight.

“One of the things that is going to differentiate us from anyone else is that we are going to have state-of-the-art equipment,” Quintana said. “(We have) an underwater treadmill so patients can actually do aqua therapy in the water but not have a pool. It is just a lot easier for hospitals to maintain because of infection control. It is probably one of the only ones in this area.”

Other interesting points of the Everest hospital include multiple community meeting rooms for support groups, and an assisted daily living room that allows doctors to evaluate a patient’s readiness to return home.

The hospital’s goal is to be able to have a patient recover to the point of being able to go home in around 12 to 14 days. To do this, Everest will be combining a five-hour daily recovery regimen with a relaxing atmosphere that aims to not overly remind patients they are in a hospital.

Another element Quintana said he is proud of is the effort the company has put into hiring employees locally, allowing for an increased sense of familiarity and closeness between patient and caretaker.

Michael Hutka, the Temple Everest CEO, graduated from Rogers High School in the late 1980s and has lived in Central Texas for decades, he said.

The planned completion date for the hospital will be Aug. 8 as long as there are no more delays to the construction due to rain, Quintana and Hutka said.