OWASSO, Okla. — The grand opening of a new rehabilitation hospital in Owasso was held Wednesday, according to Ascension St. John.

Ascension St. John Rehabilitation Hospital of Owasso, a joint project between Ascension St. John and Encompass Health, opened on Wednesday.

Located near E. 86th St. N. and N. 129th E. Ave, the hospital will serve patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries, like strokes and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and orthopedic conditions.

The hospital will offer physical, occupational and speech therapies, as well as 24-nursing care that aims to restore functional ability and quality of life.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, and it featured remarks from various parties involved in the project.

One of those speakers was Harlo McCall, the CEO of the hospital, who FOX23 had a chance to speak to.

McCall said even though staffing can be a challenge in many industries, this was not the case here.

"In the last three months we've hired 180 staff members in order to fully staff this hospital. That's physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, ancillary staff, and these folks are excited, they're ready to get to work," he said.

McCall also said it helped that the hospital is located near where many of the workers live.

One major benefit of the hospital McCall talked about was the convivence of the hospital's location.

McCall said patients from northeast Oklahoma no longer have to go the Tulsa to get this kind of care, keeping them closer to home and making family visits easier.

He also said patients leaving Ascension St. John's intensive care unit in Owasso can continue to receive local care.

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