April 25, 2007--A large crowd gathered on April 25th to celebrate the long awaited groundbreaking ceremony for CMH's new state-of- the-art CMH Rehabilitation and Medical Complex. For over 1.5 years, the CMH Foundation and capital campaign volunteers have worked to raise the necessary funds to move forward with this project, which is projected to cost $4.5 million. To date over 2,200 donors have supported the capital campaign building project with donations and pledges of over $2,625,000. The Rehab and Medical Complex is Phase I of a multiphase expansion plan to enable CMH to meet the increasing health needs of the area.
The 17,000 square foot facility will house the Rehabilitation Center and the Specialty Clinic. The new larger, state-of-the-art Rehab Center will enable CMH to provide rehab services to the increased numbers of patients suffering from cardiovascular heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases and injuries. In addition to the exercise therapy area, it will house a warm water hydrotherapy pool, which is especially effective for patients recovering from surgery, injury or stroke. It will also house a 700 square foot space where exercise physiologists, nurses and therapists will teach a variety of classes such as aerobics, Pilates, yoga and other types of exercise classes.
The Medical Complex will house our Oncology and Rheumatology clinics. With the construction of this new area and our continuing affiliation with Duke University Health System, our vision for a radiation oncology center in the future is promising.
Construction for the new facility, located on Lombardy Street, is expected to take about a year. After completion of this project, Phase II will begin, which includes expansion and relocation of the Special Procedures Suite, an area dedicated to endoscopy, colonscopy, gastroscopy and minor surgery. Also included in this phase will be expansion of the laboratory and radiology areas. Phase II is estimated to cost over $7.2 million.
Artist Rendering of new Rehab Center & Medical Complex