REHABILITATION INSTITUTE OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA

When someone suffers a medical situation that needs intensive, around-the-clock attention, the Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida has the care necessary for recovery.

“The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida is an inpatient facility with an average length of stay of 13 days,” said Rebecca Jones, a registered nurse as well as a certified rehabilitation registered nurse and rehab program director.

The Rehabilitation Institute completed an expansion in August, serving patients who suffered strokes, hip fractures, amputations, major multiple trauma, neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries or joint replacements.

The expansion includes additional patient rooms, a 1,660-square-foot physical therapy gym, and an outdoor therapy garden that will foster the patient’s ability to interact with nature while healing.

“Patients and families are also an integral part of ongoing interactions to address individualized plans of care and discharge needs,” Jones said.

The medical team consists of registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social services specialists, neuropsychologist and a dietician.

“Our goal is to return the patients to their normal daily activities as soon as possible,” Jones said.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida is a department of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

LOCATION: 996 Airport Road, Destin

HOURS: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

TELEPHONE: (850) 863-7651

WEBSITE: www.fwbmc.com/location/the-rehab-institute-of-northwest-florida

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THE PUMPKIN PATCH/CROSSPOINT CHURCH

It comes around once a year and offers a fun, family-oriented activity.

The Crosspoint Niceville church opened its annual Pumpkin Patch earlier this month, and it will continue to operate until Nov. 1 or 2 based upon the number of pumpkins still available.

“The Pumpkin Patch is run by the student ministry,” said Melissa Love, administrative assistant for the Crosspoint student ministry. “The community comes out and purchases pumpkins. I don’t want to say sold. People just make donations.”

Some donations for a single pumpkin have been up to $200, but generally people donate fair market price.

“The donations go straight to mission trips that students go on as well as retreats that they go on,” she said.

The Pumpkin Patch features Illinois-grown pumpkins, which include both pie and carving varieties.

“The white pumpkins are popular,” Love said, noting that it also offers hay bales and decorative autumn corn.

The Pumpkin Patch invites preschools groups during morning hours, and the patch offers extra fun for families on Saturdays.

LOCATION: 214 Partin Drive S., Niceville

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week

CROSSPOINT WEBSITE: www.yourcrosspointnv.org

YOUTH MINISTRY EMAIL: studentsnv@yourcrosspoint.org