New short-term rehab center nearing official full-time opening

The 80-bed Center at Eden Hill rehabilitation facility in Dover has operated with a provisional license since Feb. 10, serving two to four patients at a time. (Submitted photo/Center at Eden Hill)

DOVER — By the end of March a new short-term rehabilitation center years in the making will be cleared to open fully.

Center at Eden Hill President Sean Mace’s timeline centers around completion of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services survey, which is scheduled by the Delaware Division of Health and Social Services.

Earlier, Mr. Mace described the center’s purpose.

“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,” he said.

Dover resident Elizabeth Spence-Torbert returned home Thursday from knee replacement treatment at the center that began on Feb. 27 and described her stay as “a wonderful experience.

“There was a lot of pain because of the knee replacement, but I had a wonderful experience.”

Ms. Spence-Torbert felt almost guilty and told staff she was being “treated like a queen. The chef, who is used to serving a lot of people, bent over backward to cook my food.”

The services come highly recommended, then, and Ms. Spence-Torbert said a close friend has put in paperwork for a stay beginning on April 6.

“The whole thing is state of the art, it really is,” she said.

The 80-bed facility at 300 Banning Street has operated pro bono with a provisional license since Feb. 10, serving two to four patients at a time with full-time sub-acute care.

When opened completely, the center will be staffed by 123 or more full-time employees including, among others, physical, speech and occupational therapists and aids, nurses and assistants, facilities management, executive chef and food services, human resources, billing, social services/case workers. Contracted services will include hairstylist/barber, landscaping, laundry, HVAC maintenance and more.

The facility – which cost $18 million to construct and is funded mostly by local investors – received its state license on Feb. 7, following completion of the DHSS Division of Long Term Care and Residence Protection inspection finished in January.

The construction cost did not include beds, furniture/fixtures, rehabilitation equipment, office equipment and supplies.

New Castle native Adrienne Mary Indellini was hired 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.

Ms. Indellini worked seven years in longterm care pharmacy after earning a Business Administration degree through Delaware Technical Community College and the University of Delaware.

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