Construction concludes for Eden Hill medical facility

DOVER — More than six years in the making, the $19 million Center at Eden Hill short-term rehabilitation center is mostly complete.

While some touch-up work remains for the 80-bed facility at 300 Banning St., construction concluded two weeks ahead of schedule in mid-November. The three-story structure received it certificate of occupancy from the City of Dover late last month.

The projected opening remains unknown, however, as the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services reviews Eden Hill’s application for licensure. Once approved, a Medicare and Medicaid study will follow.

When it opens, the 65,000 square foot center will provide post-hospital stays for patients still in need of care but not ready to go home. Typical sub-acute treatment will run from 7 to 21 days before release, Center at Eden Hill President Sean Mace said.

“Our goal is to get people back to a normal life as quickly as possible, whether it’s resuming your golf game, going back to work or any other activity someone may have been involved in,” Mr. Mace said.

The facility with 66 investors offers an affordable alternative to recovery at a hospital, which Mr. Mace said could run $2,000 or more daily. Eden Hill’s approximate costs will be $500 to $550 daily, he said. More capacity at hospitals and emergency rooms will result with release to the acute care center, Mr. Mace said.

“We are very excited to soon be opening this sub-acute care facility here in Dover,” Mr. Mace said.

“The Center at Eden Hill is a state of the art facility designed to exceed the expectations of the local community and greater Kent County for many years to come.”

Eden Hill offers intensive physical rehabilitation and nursing care in what it describes as a hotel-like atmosphere. Each of the private patient rooms is equipped with a flat screen television and ADA-accessible bathroom, and menu items will include Italian lasagna, teriyaki grilled salmon, grilled chicken fajitas and tilapia Vera Cruz, among other entrees.

When fully operational, at least 123 full-time staff will provide medical and everyday living services. Among the hired are nurses and certified nurses assistants, physical, occupational and speech therapists with assistants, a case manager social worker, food services, office, facilities management and janitorial personnel, all in-house.

Depending on demand, the number of employees could rise up to 140, overseen by an executive director, therapy director and director of nursing.

New Castle native Adrienne Mary Indellini will serve as the facility’s executive director. She spent nearly five years in nursing home administration with executive director duties after earning a license from the State of Delaware. She worked seven years in long term care pharmacy after earning a Business Administration degree through Delaware Technical Community College and the University of Delaware.

The executive director believes “my passion for delivering the highest quality and resident center care will continue” at Eden Hill.

Hospital beds are scheduled to arrive on Dec. 18, when other equipment will be moved into the center as well.

A large portion of stays are expected due to joint-knee replacements, cardiac and stroke rehabilitation. Other conditions may include diabetes, infection requiring antibiotics, recovery from abdominal surgery, complex wounds, pneumonia, cellulitis, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, geriatric decline and Parkinson’s disease.

A majority of Eden Hill’s patients will enter with Medicare plans, Mr. Mace said, while some Medicaid, private insurance and out of pocket payments as well.

The project was earlier met with resistance by Genesis Healthcare, which took its case to the Delaware Supreme Court in 2015 before being denied. The appeal came after a Superior Court ruling that affirmed Eden Hill’s certification by the Delaware Health Resources Board.

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