December 21, 2014

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Plans move forward for Select Medical rehab center in Avon

AVON — Construction of a rehabilitation center on Health Campus Boulevard is moving forward.

City Council discussed Monday authorizing a special-use permit for Pennsylvania-based Select Medical to open a 60-bed, 60,000-square-foot inpatient rehabilitation center adjacent to the Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

Avon Planning Director Jim Piazza said the Select Medical rehab center is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic, but the project should not be confused with the separate expansion of the Jacobs Health Center. The health center expansion, approved by the Planning Commission in December, includes adding 100 beds to the 190,000-square-foot facility and a seven-floor bed tower. The addition will add 250,000 square feet with 25 to 30 rooms on each floor, according to previous Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Piazza said the center will mesh well with patients who have had surgeries that require inpatient rehab.

“This is specifically for folks who have had knee or hip surgeries, things like that, and they need rehab,” Piazza said. “You can stay up to two weeks on this property and get your rehabilitation done right there.”

Piazza said City Council must issue a special-use permit because the rehab center is classified as a hospital, since there will be overnight stays. Hospitals in districts zoned C-4 are allowable only with a special-use permit, he said.

Dan Blaker, vice president of design and construction for Select Medical, said company officials carefully reviewed their options before selecting Avon. Blaker said the facility will be “an asset to the community.”

“After looking throughout the whole area, we think Avon is the place to do this,” he said.

Blaker said Select Medical officials visited Cleveland Monday afternoon to discuss design options with Cleveland Clinic leaders.

“Those folks who have been to the existing (Cleveland Clinic) hospital will see a lot of the same design elements,” Blaker said.

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen told Blaker he’s glad to see the project moving forward.

“I think it’s going to be a perfect fit for the clinic as they move forward with their expansion,” Jensen said.

Piazza said Select Medical is working on the architectural drawings for a building permit, and construction is slated to start this summer. Blaker said the center should see its first patients in 15 to 17 months.

Piazza said the facility will employ about 200 people. Select Medical already planned Phase 2 of the site for a future 44-bed addition, Blaker said.

“Ultimately we’d be looking at a 104-bed state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital,” he said.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.