St. Luke's Begins Rehab Center Construction

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- For eastern Iowa patients needing long term rehabilitation care, St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids is building something new to meet that need.

An artist's illustration of the new St. Luke's Transitional Care Center on Monday, May 21, 2018. The facility is expected to open in about a year.

Hospital leaders broke ground for a new $15-million dollar Transitional Care Center Monday morning in northeast Cedar Rapids.

The center is designed for short term, but intensive, care following surgeries or other medical procedures where a patient needs more than just care at home.

Dr. Clete Younger, medical director for the new center, said the idea is to provide something that follows a hospital stay but stops short of nursing home care.

“In the hospital setting, we start therapy. But here patients get hours of therapy so our goal when people come in the door is to design a plan of here’s your physical goals, here’s your medical goals and we’re going to work toward getting you to those goals,” he said.

The new St. Luke’s Transitional Center, located at 8400 Council St. N.E., is expected to open in about a year.