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New Acute Rehabilitation Hospital and Diagnostic Imaging Center Opening on Casa Colina Campus March 7, 2005

New Acute Rehabilitation Hospital and Diagnostic Imaging Center Opening on Casa Colina Campus March 7, 2005 Pomona, CA…Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation is pleased to announce the opening of its new state-of-the-art acute rehabilitation hospital in Pomona on March 7, 2005. The $26.6 million, 78,000 sq.ft., 68-bed hospital replaces the previous hospital facility that was originally opened in 1960. The new hospital structure is one of the only health care facilities in the region that meets required seismic upgrades as mandated by SB1953.

Patients were moved from the previous hospital across the 20-acre campus to the new facility on March 5th. Beginning on March 7th, the previous hospital facility will no longer be used for acute patient services but will be demolished to make way for a 2-1/2 acre park with walkways for patients and families, an outdoor chapel, rose garden, and additional parking.

The new Casa Colina Hospital features private and semi-private patient rooms with each looking out onto a beautiful garden setting. All beds have a hydraulic patient lift system whereby a 100-pound nurse can easily lift a 400-pound patient and transport him or her to bathroom facilities, wheelchair, etc. Each patient room is also equipped with highly advanced patient communication systems whereby a patient can speak to and see a nurse at the nursing station through a television monitoring system. Each patient has personal cabinetry and a desk facility complete with Internet access should they choose to bring a laptop computer. Two new hyperbaric chambers for treating patients with burns or wounds are offered inside the hospital, as well as on-site laboratory for convenient and timely results.

Therapy treatment areas offer an abundance of varied settings: A specialty gym designed specifically for patients with spinal cord injury and a general rehabilitation gym for physical and occupational therapy. An outdoor therapy garden is also available for providing therapy in an outdoor setting. Adjacent to the various gyms is an ADL (Activities of Daily Living) room where patients work with an occupational therapist on routine activities of daily living simulated in a home like setting. Other areas dedicated to a variety of treatment modalities include speech/language pathology, respiratory therapy, pulmonary disease, and neuropsychology.

Maintaining an infection-free environment was key when designing the new hospital. Casa Colina's infectious disease specialists were instrumental in designing two patient isolation rooms that are capable of adding 300% more oxygen into the room or extracting 30% less oxygen, depending on the needs of the patient and in order to minimize the spread of infection. Hand washing facilities are located in abundance throughout the hospital to enable patient care staff the convenience and ease of frequent hand washing to avoid the spread of infection.

The new Casa Colina Hospital was designed and constructed with the goal of making patients and their families as comfortable as possible. Knowing that the rehabilitation process can be a challenging time for patients and families, the idea of "bringing the outdoors in" and giving patients and their families places to go throughout the hospital interior and exterior that are not "sterile and hospital-like" but are comforting and environmentally pleasing became a key factor in every aspect of the new hospital's design. Intricate tile, wide hallways and raised ceilings all add an air of openness and calm beauty to the interior of the hospital. Tile starbursts embedded in the flooring represent areas where visitors are required to "make a decision" about where they want to go inside the hospital to meet their destination. Three well-lit towers on the exterior of the hospital add an ambiance of serene beauty.

Also opening on the Casa Colina campus under separate licensure but attached to the new hospital is the Imaging Center at Casa Colina. The new center offers a Norland Total Body Scanner for bone densitometry, Siemens 16-slice CT scanner, Siemens Magnetom MRI, Siemens Axiom C-Arm system for xray, Sequoia 512 Ultrasound system. Dr. Akemi Chang and Dr. Gary Jensen are board certified radiologists who oversee the diagnostic imaging center.

Targeted for a Spring 2005 opening on the Casa Colina campus is an Outpatient Surgery Center, also under separate licensure. The center is attached to the new hospital and features three operating rooms and three procedure rooms. All pre-op and post-op is conducted in a naturally lit setting to promote a calm and soothing environment.

Casa Colina's "mission-style" design blends early Spanish architecture with Italian influences and features secure, park-like settings, winding walkways and out-of-door visiting areas. All facilities have been planned with a focus on the needs of patients and families with the foremost goal of providing a secure setting that offers comfort, dignity and convenience in accessing services to patients.

There are over 240 physicians associated with Casa Colina today. Many of these physicians personally oversee and direct Casa Colina's unique medical and rehab programs and include board certified Orthopedic Surgeons, Rheumatologists, Anesthesiologists, Physiatrists, Neurologists, Internists, Geriatricians, Pulmonologists, OtoNeurologists, ENT, Infectious Disease and more.

Casa Colina's Board of Directors authorized the state-of-the-art rebuilding and renovation in 2000 when they approved the massive campus renovation and reconstruction of its 20-acre rehabilitation campus. The decision for renovation was made due to an increased demand for Casa Colina services as well as the necessity to seismically upgrade the hospital facility. Casa Colina's campus provides the western United States with a state-of-the-art rehabilitation setting that offers an unsurpassed continuum of care including acute rehabilitation beds, outpatient rehabilitation services, outpatient medical programs overseen by specialists, warm and cool aquatic therapy pools, short- and long-term residential services, children's services and adult day health care. The campus renovation project, which began in 1999, has an estimated cost of $55 million to date.

Other new buildings completed since 2002 include the Adult Day Health Care Center, Children's Services Center, and a 10-bed expansion to the Transitional Living Center. The Tamkin Outpatient Center was opened for patient use in 2003 and a Medical Office Building was opened in 2004. Other Casa Colina programs developed off of the 20-acre Pomona campus include a 10-bed expansion and recreational room / pool addition to Casa Colina at Lucerne Valley, a long-term residence for adults with brain injury; and Casa Colina at Apple Valley, a brand new 20-bed long term care facility for individuals with brain injury.

HISTORY: Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona was opened in 1960 and was originally designed for children with disabilities, and primarily polio, which was at epidemic proportions during the planning and early construction of the hospital. Prior to the Pomona hospital construction, "Casa Colina", (house on the little hill) operated in nearby Chino, California, under the leadership of its founder, Frances Eleanor "Mother" Smith and neighboring physicians. Upon introduction of the polio vaccine, the hospital turned its attention to people of all ages with disabilities.