OFFICIALS CELEBRATE EXPANSION AND RENOVATION OF HEALTH CARE FACILITY IN PATERSON
“Governor Corzine’s commitment to enhancing our urban communities helps to re-energize our cities and provides additional resources to foster community economic development and growth throughout New Jersey,” said Caren Franzini, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). “The renovation and expansion of Doctors Subacute Care will help to strengthen the Paterson community by providing residents with greater access to quality health care and by supporting economic growth in the city.”
In June 2005, Dr. Stuart Rauch acquired a nursing home in Paterson and set out to convert it into a state-of-the-art subacute care facility to serve residents of the local community. Completed in February 2008, the renovations and expansion added a total of approximately 10,000 square feet to the facility, which doubled the increase in its physical capacity. This new space has permitted the addition of 5 beds, and has also significantly enhanced the facility’s patient service capabilities. The original building had an antiquated physical layout that included mostly three and four bedded patient rooms. Today, no room has more than two residents and each patient has a 26” flat panel, high-definition television, a telephone with nationwide unlimited called, and a high speed Internet connection – all provided free of charge. As a result of the expansion, Doctors Subacute Care has also increased its medical staff and 30 new jobs have been created.
“With the completion of our construction at Doctors Subacute Care, the Paterson community now has a state-of-the-art facility that is close to home. During the period of recovery from surgery or an illness, it is important to not only have all the comforts of home, but also to have your family and friends nearby,” said Dr. Stuart Rauch, Owner and Executive Director of Doctors Subacute Care. “We are grateful to have had such great support for this project and thank the EDA for playing such an important role in the success of our business.”
According to Dr. Rauch, the former facility on Birch Street was run-down and outdated prior to the extensive renovation and expansion project. As a geriatric psychiatrist for twenty years, Dr. Rauch used his experience as a guide throughout the project, and committed himself to creating a facility that utilized innovative medical techniques in a patient-focused environment. The project included the construction of a new two-story building and residential wing featuring modern in-room amenities. Other new features include a dining/activity area with high-definition television, a kitchen area for the use of residents and visitors, state-of-the-art physical therapy areas with innovative physical therapy equipment on each floor, and the addition of a comfortable family room to accommodate resident and guest needs. Dr. Rauch noted that the term “subacute” refers to those patients no longer requiring the “acute” care provided in a hospital, but still needing considerable medical, nursing, and rehabilitation care before being able to return home.
The project was completed with the support of the Passaic County Department of Economic Development and the combined assistance of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Capital One Bank.
Passaic County Freeholder Director Sonia Rosado stated, “We are delighted about the expansion of Doctors Subacute Care and the positive impact it will have on our local economy. The facility will create new jobs in our area and help us to continue strengthening our county-wide economic development efforts.”
The New Jersey Urban Fund was designed to stimulate investment in the State’s urban communities by providing businesses and community development organizations with the financial and technical tools they need to grow and revitalize neighborhoods. The Fund was launched in October 2006 as an element of Governor Corzine’s Economic Growth Strategy.
To learn more about the Urban Fund and other opportunities for business growth throughout New Jersey, visit the state’s business portal at www.NewJerseyBusiness.gov.