Dr. Bruce Ruben working on a patient.Too often accessibility in medical facilities is either an afterthought, poorly executed from the beginning, or not even considered. This not only results in inadequate or unequal care for wheelchair users, but also discourages those in need of treatment from making an appointment in the first place. What is needed is a truly functional model of accessibility that begins with a caring, patient-centered viewpoint resulting in a blueprint for comprehensive access designed from the inside out.

Fortunately, that model — perhaps the only one of its kind — exists. Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine, an outpatient wou