Patients discharged from El Camino Hospital with severe impairments and need for rehabilitation will soon find a new contact point. El Camino Health announced the opening of a new 52-bed hospital in Sunnyvale exclusively for inpatient rehab.
The new hospital represents another significant addition to El Camino Health, which has expanded coverage to all of Santa Clara County and currently provides care at its Mountain View and Los Gatos locations and more than a dozen clinics. The 70,000 square meter hospital is expected to open in 2024.
The rehabilitation clinic will be tailored to patients recently discharged with significant impairment, particularly those who have sustained post traumatic events such as orthopedic and head injuries, according to Cheryl Reinking, chief nurse officer of El Camino. It will also be helpful for those who have had a stroke and need help in restoring back function.
“There is a long way to go to full recovery and these facilities specialize in helping patients regain as many physical and neurological functions as possible,” said Reinking.
The facility will have 52 beds with private rooms and bathrooms and dedicated wings for patients with orthopedic problems and for patients with stroke and other neurological disorders. It will include a therapy gym, private therapy rooms and a special room for cooking therapy – a niche occupational therapy method with kitchen-related tasks.
Although a location for the new facility was found, El Camino Health officials refused to disclose the address because it was “too early” to make the location public.
The new hospital will be a joint venture between El Camino Health and Kindred Healthcare, a Louisville, Kentucky-based company that operates specialty hospital facilities across the country. Kindred already operates a 30-bed acute rehabilitation unit on the El Camino hospital campus in Los Gatos. As Silicon Valley’s population grows, El Camino Health officials say there is a greater need for such rehabilitation beds and that a detached hospital can go a long way toward achieving that goal.
“As the region continues to grow, there is an increased need for local access to inpatient rehabilitation services, especially for patients who have suffered a traumatic illness and injury that makes travel difficult,” said Dan Woods, CEO of El Camino Health, in a Explanation last week.
As part of the agreement, Kindred will take over the day-to-day operations of the rehabilitation clinic.
El Camino Health’s board of directors approved the joint venture last month, creating a new company in which El Camino has a 51% ownership interest. It will have its own board of directors with three voting members each from El Camino and Kindred – although El Camino Hospital retains a majority of the voting rights under the agreement.
Kindred Healthcare officials said in a statement last week that the design of the future hospital will mirror the design of other hospitals it operates elsewhere in the U.S. and that it can improve the quality of life for patients and help them either return home or die Quit nursing from an inpatient facility.
“We are excited to expand our relationship with El Camino Health,” said Russ Bailey, president of Kindred Rehabilitation Services. “With this new joint venture partnership, we are confident that Kindred’s experience of operating stand-alone inpatient rehabilitation clinics – in collaboration with the highly regarded patient care services of El Camino Health – will improve community access to quality post-acute care.”