It's designed as a transitional space for patients who don't necessarily need care in an acute hospital setting but are not well enough to return home. That includes patients recovering from a broken hip, a stroke, heart failure and other medical conditions that require hospital stays.
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The space is dedicated to patients who require skilled nursing and rehabilitation following an injury, surgery or other major medical condition that requires hospitalization.
Those patients typically would stay in the hospital until they recovered, but Younger said insurance companies in recent years have been pushing health systems to limit hospital stays to only a few days.
"We want to be positioned for the future that we have a place for those patients when their insurance company says 'your length of stay in the hospital is over,'" Bradke said. "We want to make sure that we have that transitional time for them. So we're looking to the future."
Traditionally, such patients would receive short-term care in nursing homes, Younger said.
Officials initially plan to take in patients from St. Luke's Living Center East, the hospital's skilled nursing and rehabilitation center at
The Living Center East building was bought by the Catherine McAuley Center.
New Horizons, a group living facility for individuals with disabilities that require nursing supervision, also had been located in Living Center East and will be moving to new facilities built by Rem Iowa.
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