Carolinas HealthCare System will open a new 30-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Concord on Monday for patients recovering from strokes or serious injuries that result in decreased physical function.
Located at 487 Lake Concord Road, near the campus of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, the facility will serve residents from Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly and Iredell counties who previously would have driven to Charlotte or Gaston County facilities. The $26.4 million hospital will expand to 40 beds in October. “The sophistication of therapy tools has changed over the last decade, but the nuts and bolts of doing therapy haven’t changed that much,” said Todd Bennett, a CHS administrator and licensed physical therapist. “It’s still about assessing a person’s physical and emotional needs.”
Rehabilitation hospitals offer specialized care for patients that is difficult to find at traditional hospitals tasked with serving a diverse patient population, he added. The new facility is part of a nationwide trend over the past decade of moving rehabilitation units out of traditional hospitals.
Free-standing rehabilitation hospitals can be found in many large cities, said John Roberts, Carolinas Rehabilitation director of development and coordination. The advantages include more patient rooms designed with rehabilitation in mind and large, open spaces dedicated to physical therapy that traditional hospitals aren’t typically set up to provide.
Totaling 70,000 square feet, the hospital has two gyms filled with therapeutic equipment, including a separate quiet therapy space for noise-sensitive patients.
Patients who are nearly ready to return home can practice household chores, such as cooking and washing clothes, in a transitional living apartment at the hospital. Along with their families, patients may also spend the night in the apartment sleeping in a regular bed to make sure they’re really ready to live at home.
A full-scale outpatient physical therapy clinic is also located at the hospital.
The clinic will only be open part time initially, seeing patients two days a week. Eventually, the clinic will move to a full daily schedule.
NorthEast is the third rehabilitation hospital operated by Carolinas Rehabilitation. A fourth will open on the Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville campus in September.
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