Upgraded physical rehab unit moving to San Leandro Hospital

SAN LEANDRO — Alameda Health Systems is moving its acute physical rehabilitation unit from Fairmont Hospital to San Leandro Hospital, where specialized equipment will help patients overcome impairments.

The acute rehabilitation unit should have its first patients in December. The opening will cap $27 million worth of upgrades that began in 2017 at the hospital at 13855 E. 14th St.

Other features include a rooftop space where patients can take part in outdoor physical therapy.

San Leandro Hospital is part of the Alameda Health System, a public health consortium of five hospitals, including Highland Hospital in Oakland and Fairmont Hospital in San Leandro, and four wellness centers.

Fairmont does not meet current state seismic standards for an in-patient rehabilitation facility, but skilled nursing care still will be expanded at that site, according to the consortium.

“The extensive renovations have significantly enhanced our acute rehabilitation unit and exemplify our commitment to providing high-quality care and services to the community,” Luis Fonseca of Alameda Health System said in a statement. “Moving rehab services to the new, larger space and implementation of state-of-the-art technology will have an immediate impact on care delivery and our patients’ experience during their recovery.”

The fourth floor and part of the third floor at San Leandro Hospital were renovated to accommodate the 28 acute rehabilitation beds, as well as administrative offices and areas for speech, occupational and physical therapy.

An open house and ribbon cutting will take place Nov. 13, when elected officials will tour the new facility.

Source: mercurynews
Upgraded physical rehab unit moving to San Leandro Hospital