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Former AbsolutCare Nursing Home will reopen on Tuesday as a COVID-19 rehabilitation center

The St. Joseph Post-Acute Center will serve patients recovering from COVID-19 who were previously hospitalized in a Catholic Health hospital.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Catholic Health and the McGuire Group have partnered to renovate and convert the former AbsolutCare Nursing Home in Orchard Park into a rehabilitation center for hospital patients recovering from COVID-19

The St. Joseph Post-Acute Center will treat patients who were hospitalized for COVID-19 in Catholic Health hospitals, but have recovered enough to be sent to the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. 

These patients will typically be people who can not yet return home or cannot go back to a community-based living facility right away.

The New York State Department of Health approved the plan for the facility less than 24 hours after it was submitted. 

The facility, which has been extensively cleaned and renovated, will open on April 14. It has been stocked with various supplies for treatment and specific doctors, nurses, and other staffers have been assigned there. 

This is the first stand-alone facility in Western New York to treat post-hospitalization COVID-19 patients. 

Elderwood opened a 22 bed isolated unit for post acute care of COVID-19 patients at its Amherst complex earlier this month. They currently have 15 patients in the unit with new admissions daily. So far one person has been discharged from this facility after recovering.

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