New Pineville LTACH Rehabilitation Hospital Reaches a Construction Milestone
The new Pineville LTACH Rehabilitation Hospital marks a milestone in construction with the final steel beam erected on top of the building at a ceremony that took place on the Carolinas Medical Center – Pineville campus. This is the first building of its kind combining Carolinas Specialty Hospital (CSH), a Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH), and Carolinas Rehabilitation, an inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital. Together, they will provide comprehensive services for patients requiring respiratory, wound and palliative care, infection control and post-surgical care in addition to physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Robins & Morton, the building’s general contractor, acknowledged the more than 100 construction workers present for working as a team to make this happen “on the fast track” since breaking ground on August 15th. In Medieval Europe, placing an evergreen tree on top of the structure signified appeasing the forest gods for using wood from the forest in constructing the building. Today’s ceremony, which included the steel beam installation, simply represents goodwill and good fortune between the building’s contractor and those who will use the building.
“The impact the hospital will have on the community and restoring quality of life for those treated is tremendous” stated John Roberts, Administrator with Carolinas Rehabilitation, a part of Carolinas Healthcare System. He praised the workers for building something unique and different. Daniel Dunmyer, Chief Executive Officer for Carolinas Specialty Hospital, said “Thank you for creating a place where patients and their families can laugh, love and sometimes grieve together. You are making a difference in people’s lives and for that you should be proud.”
Scheduled to open in the fall 2013, this four-story, 95,000 square-foot facility will cost more than $40 million to construct and equip. It will feature 40 private long term acute care beds and 29 rehabilitation beds. Larger patient rooms will allow for a more comfortable and healing setting for patients and their families. To manage the changing needs of medically complex patients, the building will house a rehabilitation gym, rooftop therapy garden, full-service kitchen, radiology, pharmacy, and support space including classrooms, conference rooms and equipment storage areas.