New ‘PAM’ facility holds grand opening in Dover

DOVER — A year after breaking ground, the Post Acute Medical (PAM) Rehabilitation Hospital of Dover opened the doors of its new $17-million, 42,000 square-foot facility on Feb. 25.

On Friday a ribbon-cutting and grand opening event was hosted at the new PAM building on 1240 McKee Road in Dover.

Dozens of residents, delegates and government officials turned out for a champagne toast and tours of the “cutting-edge” hospital that will “provide care for patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s, amputations, hip fractures and orthopaedic injuries.”

“Our hospital is a unique addition to the Dover landscape and the local healthcare community,” said Ted Werner, CEO of Post Acute Medical.

“We’re the only in-patient rehabilitation hospital licensed in Kent County. Our main focus is getting patients back home to a community setting whether it be assisted living or independent living in their own homes and getting them thriving and doing well.

“We maintain a high ‘discharge to community’ rate — 90 to 95 percent of our patients end up leaving an thriving at home. We’ve been able to offer a better quality of life for our patients. With them not having to readmit back and fourth to the hospitals, our approach saves time and money, too.”

Post Acute Medical, based in Enola, Pennsylvania, provides healthcare through 29 facilities, as well as over 15 outpatient physical therapy locations, in nine states.

The new Dover facility includes:

• 34 private rooms with accessible private showers and daily physician rounding

• Inpatient and outpatient therapy gyms

• Robotic rehabilitation, neuromuscular reeducation and gait training with “state-of-the-art equipment.”

• Select rooms equipped with lift track for mobility

• In-house dialysis

• In-house pharmacy

• On-site imaging

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 claims it was able to identify a significant demand for inpatient rehabilitation services in the Dover market. Dover was identified as the next location, in part, because of the aging demographic, rising population and lack of other rehabilitative hospitals nearby, says Mr. Werner.

“We’re unique in the state because there are only a handful of rehabilitation hospitals,” he said. “With the populations continuing to grow in Kent and Sussex counties — especially retirees moving into the area — more advanced medical infrastructure will need to be added to serve the community’s needs. We saw that as an opportunity to make an impact and improve outcomes.”

Services to residents is only one part of the equation though, Mr. Werner notes — the new facility has already created added demand for high-quality healthcare provider jobs in the local market.

“Originally we were projecting that we’d be able to add 150 new positions, but we’re north of that already with a current count of 170,” he said. “We’re anticipating that once hiring is all said and done, we’ll be closer to 200 actually.”

For more information, visit postacutemedical.com or call 302-672-5800.

The PAM facility seems to mark the continuation of a health care industry building spree in Dover. In 2018 a First State Orthopaedics facility was completed in Enterprise Business Park in Dover and the Center at Eden Hill finished their short-term rehabilitation facility west of Dover earlier in the year.

Nemours DuPont Pediatrics 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 last Summer.

Largest of all, the new 169-acre Bayhealth Sussex Campus opened its doors to visitors this year after years planning, fundraising and construction of the facility. The massive project came with a $314 million price tag.

Bayhealth CEO and President Terry Murphy called it the county’s “largest reinvestment and construction project in Sussex County’s history” earlier this year.

The new hospital and outpatient center is about 440,000 square-feet and boasts six floors with 128 private rooms with bathrooms and sleeper sofas.

Like PAM, Bayhealth notes that their investment was supported by local demographics.

“This is a great deal of economic development to support aging Sussex County. And not just for today, but for generations to come,” Mr. Murphy said earlier this year.

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

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