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CMC-Pineville to Open New Rehabilitation and Long Term Acute Care Facility
August 15, 2012

Carolinas HealthCare System and Carolinas Specialty Hospital are bringing a new rehabilitation hospital and a long term acute care facility to the campus of Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.

The four-story building at 10628 Park Road in Pineville will bring quality inpatient rehabilitation services to patients from south Mecklenburg and Union County for rehabilitative services related to stroke, serious brain or spinal injury, or other debilitating conditions. Ground-breaking ceremonies are being held today.

"CHS' Carolinas Rehabilitation has received national recognition for the quality and scope of its patient care, and for its extraordinary physicians and expert staff," said Joseph Piemont, President and Chief Operating Officer of Carolinas HealthCare System. "Now family members in this region can be closer to their loved ones who are undergoing rehabilitation. The Pineville location will make it much easier for them to be involved in the care and progress of their relatives, and that involvement is critical to the recovery success of patients who need rehabilitation."

The second floor of the 86,500-square-foot building will have 29 beds for adult inpatient rehabilitation, treating patients suffering from stroke, neurological diseases, traumatic injury, orthopedic conditions and general medical rehabilitation. Ten beds are being relocated from Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, and 19 beds from Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy.

The facility also will feature 40 long-term acute care beds for patients who need special care for extensive recovery from pulmonary disease, wound care management, infections requiring IV antibiotics and other medical complexities. The long-term acute care beds are owned by Carolinas Specialty Hospital, a not-for-profit entity managed by Acuity Healthcare. Those beds are currently housed in space leased at CMC-Mercy. The new facility is a collaborative effort between CHS and Carolinas Specialty Hospital.

Patients at the new rehabilitation hospital will have the advantage of a rehab gym with the latest equipment, an outdoor rooftop therapy garden, a covered ambulance entrance and a full-scale transitional apartment with residential furniture where patients can practice maneuvering in a normal environment.

"The relocation of these inpatient rehab beds is part of Carolinas HealthCare System's five-year plan to distribute inpatient rehabilitation beds to where they are most needed," said Robert Larrison, President of Carolinas Rehabilitation. "In addition to our main campus in Charlotte and our 40-bed rehabilitation hospital in Mount Holly, under construction is a 40-bed rehabilitation facility in Concord and now this 29-bed hospital in Pineville. The many patients we serve throughout the region will benefit from the skill and experience of our dedicated physicians and staff."

Today's ground-breaking ceremonies mark the start of a project that is expected to be finished in late August 2013. The long-term acute care hospital is scheduled to open that month, with the rehabilitation hospital opening for patients in October, 2013. Total cost of the project is about $40 million.