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New CMC rehabilitation hospital coming to South Mecklenburg

By Elisabeth Arriero
erriero@charlotteobserver.com
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    ELISABETH ARRIERO - earriero@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolinas HealthCare System Rehabilitation and Carolinas Specialty Hospital will open its 86,500-square-foot facility at 10628 Park Road in Charlotte, behind CMC Pineville.
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    ELISABETH ARRIERO - earriero@charlotteobserver.com
    Additional features in the new hospital include a rehabilitation gym, shown, a transitional apartment and rooftop therapy garden.
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    ELISABETH ARRIERO - earriero@charlotteobserver.com
    Calvin Hung, administrator of CMC Pineville Inpatient Rehab, discusses the various features of the therapy garden at Carolinas HealthCare Rehabilitation and Carolinas Specialty Hospital.

Two hospital systems will open a new facility this month that will bring long-term acute care and inpatient rehabilitation closer to south Charlotte patients.

Carolinas HealthCare System Rehabilitation and Carolinas Specialty Hospital will open the 86,500-square-foot hospital at 10628 Park Road, behind CMC Pineville.

The four-story hospital, named Carolinas HealthCare Rehabilitation and Carolinas Specialty Hospital, will admit patients to the new long-term care floors Sept. 11. Patients in the rehabilitation program will be admitted Oct. 1, said Marcey Stone, a spokeswoman for Carolinas HealthCare System.

“Having bigger rooms, access to a number of doctors and a number of services is exciting for us in terms of patient care,” said Daniel Dunmyer, chief executive officer for Carolinas Specialty Hospital. “It’s a plus on every level.”

Carolinas Specialty Hospital had leased space at CMC Mercy. The long-term acute care hospital, which cares for patients who need intensive care after being discharged from a hospital intensive care unit, had 120 staff who cared for more than 400 patients in 2012.

Dunmyer noted that the average stay for an acute-care patient is four to five days, versus 25 to 30 days for long-term care.

But the hospital’s clientele outgrew the facility, prompting a discussion about the new partnership, said Stone.

The $40 million facility will house Carolinas Specialty Hospital on the third and fourth floors. That portion of the hospital will feature 40 beds as well as a nurse monitoring station for every two rooms and increased dialysis services.

Carolinas Rehabilitation Pineville will include 29 private inpatient rooms and will be on the second floor.

Both will share the first floor for admissions, radiology, education, dining and family services.

Carolinas Speciality Hospital expects to grow to 150 staff and serve more than 400 patients in the next 12 months.

Although the hospital has always been licensed for 40 beds, limited space meant they could only operate 35 beds.

In the past, patients such as stroke victims would be discharged from the intensive care unit at CMC Pineville and then have to travel to uptown Charlotte for inpatient rehabilitation, Stone said.

Now, such patients can stay on the same medical campus.

“It’s really time for them to gain independence and have their families here to support them while not having to go to center city Charlotte,” said Calvin Hung, administrator of CMC Pineville Inpatient Rehab. “This also kind of allows families to come be a part of therapy and rehabilitation process.”

Additional features in the new hospital include a rehabilitation gym, a transitional apartment and rooftop therapy garden.

Hung said that the therapy garden includes different surfaces like boardwalks, concrete steps and putting greens, which will acclimate patients to real-world surfaces again.

The building also features large windows throughout, helping to prevent long-term stay disorientation, said Stone.

“When you’re in an ICU setting, you start to lose your sense of night and day,” said Stone. “These spacious rooms with all of the natural light will help patient recovery.”

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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