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Carolinas Medical Unveils New Rehab Facility

Jul 12, 2013 03:31PM ● By Jason Huddle

Concord - Beginning Monday, July 15, Carolinas Medical's newest jewel, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital will open in Concord. Located at 487 Lake Concord Road, near the campus of Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, it will eventually be licensed for 40 beds, although Administrator, Todd Bennett, says that it will likely be October before that will occur. Until then, the facility will be licensed for 30 beds. Totaling 70,000 square feet, it provides a complete range of rehabilitation services and offers an array of high-quality features, including Private inpatient rooms for adult patients requiring general medical rehabilitation, the latest equipment and on-site gym for comprehensive rehabilitative treatment, therapy and meditation gardens, an full-scale, furnished transitional apartment unit where patients can practice functioning in a home-like environment and an on-site chapel. The total cost of the project is $26.4 million dollars.

Although patients who have already been placed in other rehabilitation facilities will not be placed at the new facility, this will give new CMC-NE patients a more local optionrehab 2 for their rehabilitation process. During the media tour, it was obvious that Bennett was quite proud of the newly constructed facility, boasting all the natural light, two gardens, day room, gyms and private treatment rooms that accompany the patient rooms. "Our mission is to balance safety with dignity," said Bennett of combining safest and best care with facilities and staff procedures that won't take away the dignity that is often lost during extended hospital stays. As to the capabilities of the facility, Bennett feels confident there will be few cases that they will not be able to accommodate. "We anticipate being able to serve a vast amount of the needs at this facility," he said. "It would be rare that a patient would need to go to (another facility)."

Joseph piemont, President and COO, CHS, addresses the crowd at the Grand Opening Ceremony

During the grand opening ceremonies on July 11, Joey Coulter, stock car driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports, representing The Darrell Gwynn Foundation and on behalf of its donors and supporters in conjunction with Carolinas HealthCare System, donated a $28,000 custom power wheelchair to Crystal Sharar of Charlotte who was paralyzed during back surgery seven years ago and is a single mother with an 11 year-old son. The gift of mobility provided by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will allow her to become more independent, become more active and more involved in her son’s life.

According to a release, the new hospital is part of Carolinas Rehabilitation and will boast 23 board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, The largest inpatient stroke rehabilitation center in the Southeast, The largest network of accredited specialists, nurses and therapists in the region Programs for brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke and cancer rehabilitation, and pediatric services, Access to research studies and clinical trials.

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