The new 60-bed Cleveland Clinic Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Hospital will officially open Tuesday morning in Bath Township.

The $30 million, 75,000-square- foot facility is a joint venture between Cleveland Clinic and Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based Select Medical.

Fifteen patients who were at the Edwin Shaw facility housed in rented space at the Falls Village Retirement Community — formerly Fallsview Psychiatric Hospital — in Cuyahoga Falls, will be transferred Tuesday to their new temporary home. Other patients were able to go home before the move, said Geoffrey Hall, chief executive officer of the new facility.

“We’ll have a celebration and a ribbon-cutting for every room” as patients arrive at the brand new facility on state Route 18, next to Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Health and Wellness Center, he said.

“While the care has always been great [at the Falls facility], it’s a much older building. This gives us the opportunity to bring state-of-the-art equipment and state-of-the-art care,” he said.

The Falls space was a 33,000 square-foot, 34-bed unit in the former psychiatric hospital off state Route 8, which opened as a tuberculosis hospital in 1908.

Akron General first purchased Edwin Shaw Hospital from Summit County in 2005.

The new Edwin Shaw will care for patients recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation, neurological disorders and orthopedic conditions.

Cleveland Clinic’s outpatient chemical dependency program will remain in a small portion of the rented space in the Falls. It will be renamed Cleveland Clinic Akron General Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center.

Outpatient rehab services which were at the Falls facility, have been moved to the wellness center in Stow and are being renamed the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy center.

During a celebration and tour of the Bath facility Monday evening, Akron General President Dr. Brian Harte said the transition of the new facility is not only a literal transition for the patients from the Falls, but a “transition for the Edwin Shaw name and legacy.”

The Bath facility will be the third rehabilitation hospital jointly operated in Northeast Ohio by Cleveland Clinic and Select Medical. Other facilities are in Avon Lake and Beachwood. The three facilities together have 180 rehabilitation beds available.

Select Medical is a health care company with more than 40,000 employees across the United States that specializes in rehab hospitals and long-term acute care.

All 135 Edwin Shaw employees earlier this year became Select Medical employees and an additional 75 were hired to work at the Bath Township facility, in addition to Cleveland Clinic physicians.

About 80 percent of Edwin Shaw patients come directly from Akron General, though the facility will also accept patients from other places, Hall said, adding that most patients stay an average of 14 to 18 days.

“We’re helping them learn how to navigate a wheelchair, we’re helping them learn how to regain some of their independence,” he said. “Our goal for every patient when they come to our hospital is to help them discharge home.

“We’re not a long-term hospital, we’re not a nursing home. What really makes us different is our intensity of service, with the ability of patients to do three hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy a day,” he said, adding that 76 percent of patients are able to leave the rehab hospital to go directly home. Others may return to a hospital or go to a skilled-nursing facility, Hall said.

The new Edwin Shaw has individual rooms that are all handicapped-accessible, two gyms for physical therapy and a room set up like an apartment, with laundry machines, a residential bathtub, bed and stove, so patients can learn how to re-adjust to life at home.

Harte said it’s exciting that “Edwin Shaw’s legacy of caring for patients in Northeast Ohio will continue in this world-class facility in Bath.”

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