New Sewickley hospital project of Heritage Valley, Encompass Health

Friday, November 8, 2019 | 10:16 AM

A new hospital facility recently opened in Sewickley, featuring 55 private patient rooms and new technologies.

Formerly known as HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley is a joint venture between Heritage Valley Health System and Encompass Health.

“I think it’s just more comfortable for the patient. It’s private. It’s larger. The families can come in, the families can go in with them to therapy,” said CEO Leah Laffey of the new hospital that opened its doors on Sept. 20. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 5.

For the last 20 years, the hospital operated out of an older building — parts of which were 90 years old — located on The Watson Institute land, Laffey said.

The move just up the street — to 351 Camp Meeting Road — came because “we wanted to be able to offer state of the art technology to our rehab patients,” she said.

The hospital primarily offers rehabilitation services to patients who have suffered a stroke, brain or orthopedic injury, hip fractures or patients with amputations or spinal cord injuries, Laffey said.

Most patients’ length of stay is about two weeks. The goal at the facility is for patients to be discharged to a home-type environment.

The facility also offers outpatient services.

The new building includes robotic technologies, said Lisa Hopkins, business development director, as well as two bariatric-specific rooms that can service people up to 500 to 600 pounds.

“We also have a higher technology presence in the therapy areas to help the patients,” Laffey said.

There are five specialized dialysis rooms in the new hospital.

A multi-terrain area allows patients to practice “real life ambulations” on various surfaces, from patios to concrete to walking around a manhole cover, before they head out into the real world, Hopkins said.