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Sheltering Arms Institute, New Physical Rehab Hospital, Nears Grand Opening


Posted on: May 29, 2020 by Jenny Lankford

Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health are pleased to announce the grand opening of their collaboration on a destination rehab facility, Sheltering Arms Institute. The 114-bed, state-of-the-science physical rehabilitation facility is situated on 46 acres in the West Creek Medical Park off Broad Street Road, just east of the state Route 288 interchange in Goochland County.

The new hospital combines the strengths of both organizations to provide exceptional care for individuals who have survived strokes, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, as well as those in need of general rehabilitation for various illnesses and injuries.

“This grand opening brings our goals of combining advanced technology, research, and evidenced-based clinical care together under one roof to fruition in order to offer our patients the best possible outcomes for success,” said Mary Zweifel, president and CEO of Sheltering Arms. “The opening of this new facility has been years in the making and we’re thrilled to now open the doors and provide a new avenue of access to leading-edge thinking, research, teaching, and clinical practice,” added Paul Wesolowski, Chief Operating Officer of VCU Health System.

Beginning June 13 and continuing for two weeks, Sheltering Arms and VCU Health are relocating existing beds from both organizations’ three current hospitals – Sheltering Arms Hanover (40 beds), Sheltering Arms South (28 beds), and VCU Health (46 beds). Moving patients in phases allows for the most effective accreditation and regulatory reviews, which are standard requirements at a new hospital.

The 212,063 square foot facility is the only hospital in central Virginia constructed specifically for physical rehabilitation with features including all private patient rooms, multiple specialty units, a 9,251 square foot main therapy gym and three satellite gyms, research space, state-of-the-art patient care technology and rehabilitation equipment, and more. The $95 million project would not be possible without the generous philanthropic support of our community.

“Our vision is to reinvent rehabilitation for life beyond limits. This is an opportunity for all of us to serve the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond,” said Alan Lombardo, CEO of Sheltering Arms Institute. “We’re now offering clinical care, supported by research, to ensure patients benefit for the rest of their lives and are able to get back to living in their community.”

Tune in Thursday, June 4th at Noon for our virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour live-streamed through our Facebook page and on ShelteringArmsInstitute.com.

About Sheltering Arms Institute
Sheltering Arms and VCU Health System have formed a joint venture, Sheltering Arms Institute, a state-of-the-science physical rehabilitation hospital, that brings together the brand and clinical reputation of Sheltering Arms and the nationally ranked programs of VCU Health. The Institute blends advanced technology, research, and evidence-based clinical treatment to create an innovative, transdisciplinary model of rehabilitative care that will facilitate superior outcomes for patients. All outpatient services for both parent organizations will operate separately for now and into the foreseeable future. For more information, please visit www.shelteringarmsinstitute.com.