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Senior living community partners with hospital

April 27, 2016
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St. Ann's Grand Rapids
St. Ann's in northwest Grand Rapids is owned by the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus and provides assisted living, nursing, rehab and Alzheimer's care. Photo via

A local senior living community has signed an agreement with a hospital that will enhance the community's rehabilitation services.

St. Ann’s in Grand Rapids, a 152-bed facility, said Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids will now provide rehabilitation services at St. Ann’s west side campus, at 2161 Leonard St. NW.

The agreement takes effect on June 1.

St. Ann's provides assisted living, nursing, rehab and Alzheimer's care.

St. Ann’s offers rehabilitation services to three patient cohorts: patients admitted specifically for short-term rehabilitation therapy; those living in nursing care; or patients in assisted living rooms who need an ad-hoc rehab service.

St. Ann’s rehabilitation facilities include a separate therapy room plus other amenities. Services are offered seven days a week.

Robert Schmidt, executive director at St. Ann’s, said the organization is seeing an increased demand for rehabilitation services.

“Our rehabilitation census currently averages around nine patients per day, and we predict it will grow to 12 to 15 per day,” Schmidt said.

He said the average length of stay for a rehabilitation patient is more than two weeks, but health care trends show that number continues to decline, which he said illustrates a need to prepare for advanced care.

“This relationship will help St. Ann’s refine our rehabilitation options and better prepare for the future,” Schmidt said.

Kent Riddle, CEO at Mary Free Bed, said the hospital is "honored to be invited to provide therapy services at St. Ann’s."

St. Ann’s is owned by the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Order of Jesus and licensed by the state of Michigan.

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