PAM Rehabilitation Hospital part of health care boom in Dover

The PAM (Post Acute Medical) Rehabilitation Hospital at 1240 McKee Road, near the corner of College Road in northwest Dover, is expected to be open by December. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery) Once the state-of-the-art 42,000-square-foot acute rehabilitation hospital is completed — anticipated to be open by December

DOVER — A sparkling new PAM (Post Acute Medical) Rehabilitation Hospital is quickly taking shape at 1240 McKee Road, near the corner of College Road in northwest Dover.

Once the state-of-the-art 42,000-square-foot acute rehabilitation hospital is completed — anticipated to be open by December — it will provide comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy services for families in Dover and the surrounding areas.

The PAM Rehabilitation Hospital, being constructed by MedCore Partners and Post Acute Medical, LLC, is set to become the latest addition to what appears to be a burgeoning health care industry in Dover.

The 34-bed hospital will feature modern design and luxurious finishes as the two-story facility will include an inpatient rehab gym, outpatient rehab gym, radiology and laboratory services, a full dietary department and many other support and ancillary services.

“Post Acute Medical is excited to provide this much-needed specialized health care service to the community of Dover and the surrounding areas,” said Anthony Misitano, president and CEO of PAM. “We look forward to providing comprehensive rehabilitation to help individuals regain independence and assist in recovery after suffering from injury, illness, or disability.

“In every community we serve, our priority is the patient, and we are happy to bring this level of care into Dover, so individuals can receive high-quality rehabilitation services locally.”

PAM Rehabilitation Hospital of Delaware is the second collaboration between MedCore Partners and Post Acute Medical. The companies previously completed an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Kyle, Texas.

By utilizing their proprietary health care analytics and modeling tools, MedCore was able to identify a significant demand for inpatient rehabilitation services in the Dover market. It is expected to employ 150 people.

“We are excited to bring this important project to fruition that will serve the families and providers in the city of Dover for years to come,” said Michael Graham, a partner of MedCore. “It is always an honor to work with Post Acute Medical as the staff and leadership continually strive to bring best-in-class service to each community the organization serves.”

Growing health care industry

The health care industry around the city of Dover continues to grow throughout 2018 with the expansion of First State Orthopaedics and the ongoing construction of its new facility at Enterprise Business Park.

Another project on the western side of Dover, the Center at Eden Hill, was recently completed. The hospital will also provide short-term rehabilitation after patients leave a hospital.

Nemours DuPont Pediatrics has also relocated to west Dover, packing up its office on West Water Street and moving to the new Towne Centre building next to Eden Hill in late July.

Kent Pediatrics recently joined the health care push as it put in a site development plan to the city to permit construction of a 2,520-square-foot, one-story medical office building at 53 Roosevelt Ave.

Sen. Brian Bushweller welcomes the health care businesses, saying they are significant additions to the city.

“First of all, I love the idea that Dover is establishing itself as a regional center for health care,” he said. “We have already become a regional higher education center when you think about it with Delaware State, Wilmington University, DelTech and Wesley College.

“Now, the same thing is happening with health care, which I think is very, very good for the local economy. These kinds of businesses will bring nice jobs to the area.”

No slowdown in sight

Thanks to an ever-increasing aging population in Kent County, there is no slowdown on the horizon when it comes to the health care industry.

According to the Delaware Department of Labor, data shows that jobs in the medical field will continue to be the most steadily growing – specifically in Kent County.

“The medical field has been the strongest growing industry in the state for years, and we expect that to largely remain that way,” State Economist Dr. George Sharpley told the Delaware State News last December.

“For the period of 2014 through 2024, our data forecasts 1,750 new jobs in the health care and social assistance industries in Kent County: 620 of those are expected in ambulatory health care, 350 at hospitals, 490 in nursing and 290 in social assistance.”

Dr. Sharpley added, “That total is almost 30 percent of all projected new jobs in the county, which is the highest proportion of all three counties.”

As of October 2017, there were 10,400 health care and social assistance industry jobs in Kent County.

By the end of this year, PAM (Post Acute Medical) Rehabilitation Hospital, an Enola, Pennsylvania-based company that provides post-acute healthcare services in nine states, promises to add even more to that number.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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