Cleveland’s Select Medical Fairhill Hospital to see major rehab

The three-story Select Medical Fairhill Hospital will be converted into a 32-bed rehabilitation facility as part of a $12 million renovation project (Select Medical). CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

Cleveland Clinic-partner to partially convert to rehab facility

Just uphill from the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, Select Medical Fairhill Hospital is seeking a significant renovation and partial conversion of its recovery-care hospital to provide rehabilitation services. The fate of this facility was unknown after Select Medical recently closed another facility near Downtown Cleveland.

According to plans submitted to the city of Cleveland’s Building Department, Select Medical is planning to invest approximately $12 million to renovate 31,902 square feet of its long-term acute care hospital. The 68-bed facility is located in Cleveland’s Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood and, once renovated, will stabilize its jobs-producing stature in the community.

Select Medical Fairhill Hospital is a joint venture between the Cleveland Clinic Health System and Select Medical which is based in Mechanicsburg, PA near Harrisburg. The Select Specialty Hospital is part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System.

“(We’re) converting a portion of the existing hospital to be a 32-bed rehabilitation hospital,” wrote Jonathan Lusin, a principal at Cleveland-based IKM Architecture in his submittal of plans to the city.

First-floor plan for the converted Select Medical Fairhill Hospital show that areas inside the dashed lines will see construction work (IKM).

The 134,230-square-foot hospital was built in the 1990s, Cuyahoga County property records show. The free-standing facility is set on nearly 8 acres at 11900 Fairhill Rd., roughly midway between the Clinic’s main campus and Shaker Square.

“(Work) includes office space, therapy gym, multi-purpose space, 32 single-patient rooms and associated staff and patient spaces,” Lusin added. “(A) majority of work is on the first floor, with small alterations on the third floor.”

Plans show that most of the first floor will see attention by construction crews, with exception being a majority of the southwest side of the hospital. Areas not affected by construction include the lobby, multi-purpose room, kitchen, dining room, maintenance, storage and housekeeping spaces, plus the boiler room and garage.

Osborn Engineering of Cleveland is the structural engineer and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultant for the renovation and partial conversion of Select Medical Fairhill Hospital, project documents show.

The southern exterior of the Select Medical Fairhill Hospital, seen from the driveway off Mount Overlook Avenue. The area at left, or west, is the garage, janitorial and storage areas that will not see attention from the planned renovations (Google).

Cleveland Fairhill is a long-term acute-care hospital, designed to provide comprehensive, specialized care for high-acuity patients who need more time to recover, typically after critical care, according to Select Medical officials.

Until Oct. 28, 2022, Select Medical also operated the Select Specialty Hospital-Cleveland Gateway on the seventh floor of the St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center, 2351 E. 22nd St. The closure of Select Medical’s facility here coincided with St. Vincent ending its in-patient care and closing its Emergency Department.

Select Medical is one of the largest providers of post-acute care, operating 100 critical illness recovery hospitals in 28 states, 33 rehabilitation hospital in 12 states and 1,695 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Additionally, Select Medical’s joint venture subsidiary Concentra operates 526 occupational health centers in 41 states. Select Medical provides post-acute care in four areas of expertise including critical illness recovery, inpatient medical rehabilitation, outpatient medical therapy and occupational medicine that are delivered and supported by more than 46,000 healthcare professionals across the U.S.


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