SANTA CRUZ -- State inspectors gave Dominican Hospital permission Wednesday to train staff and stock its new $12.6 million acute rehabilitation unit but the move-in date for patients has yet to be scheduled.
The staff of 100 includes doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, dietitians and respiratory therapists who help people recover after a stroke or serious head injuries.
"Construction is essentially complete," said David Byrnes of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development following an inspection of the 20-bed facility, located on the second floor of the hospital at 1555 Soquel Drive.
The state will return for another inspection before the end of the month.
"If all their systems pass inspection, we will issue a certificate of occupancy and a construction final," Byrnes said.
Dominican spokesman Mike Lee said "many inspections" are required for a project of this scope, adding that the move-in date for patients is Feb. 28.
Dignity Health, Dominican Hospital's parent provided $10 million toward the new rehab unit and the Dominican Hospital Foundation is raising the rest.
Patients currently get rehabilitation treatment at 610 Frederick St. That facility does not meet state seismic safety standards adopted in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake.
Dominican has been operating a pediatric clinic at the Frederick Street location since 1998, providing care to 1,800 children whose families
"No decisions about specific programs on that campus have been formalized" as of Thursday, Lee said.
But he expects that next week Dominican will announce the first steps toward complying with the seismic requirements that go into effect this summer.
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