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Roseville, Calif. – Only two years after opening, the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute at Sutter Roseville Medical Center completed an $8 million expansion that increased the number of beds by 42 percent and added a full kitchen and second dining room, doubling the rehab center’s space.

“I know this expansion would not have been possible without the generous support of our community,” said Patricia Marquez, executive director, Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation. “The expansion project was partially funded by gifts that exceeded $1.6 million.” 

The 106,000-square-foot Sutter Rehabilitation Institute opened in December 2008 as the Sacramento region’s first freestanding rehabilitation center designed specifically for inpatient rehabilitation, and included half of its space for future growth. That growth came quicker than expected.

The Sutter Rehabilitation Institute construction project adds 15 patient rooms on the first floor, expanding capacity from 40 to 55 beds, and includes a full kitchen and a second dining room on the institute’s second floor. The beds will be available for patients in early December and the kitchen and dining room will be open after the first of the year.

The Sutter Rehabilitation Institute houses dedicated brain injury and spinal cord injury units, a 3,000-square-foot inpatient gym, an outdoor therapeutic area, inpatient dining room and recreation lounge, and family education center.

“Our goal is to help patients restore their maximum level of function after a major injury or illness so they can live independent, productive lives,” said Greg LeBleu, M.D., medical director for the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute. “With the added patient rooms and new kitchen and dining areas, we can now care for more patients in Northern California and beyond.” 

“We were able to complete the early expansion project for this wonderful facility with the support of our community leaders who understand the importance of philanthropy,” said Marquez. “Philanthropy is essential to help us keep pace with the growing community and to provide the latest technology and services.”

Since 1984, the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation has raised more than $26 million through generous donors and organizations. These philanthropic funds helped expand the medical center’s Emergency Department, the Trauma Neuro Intensive Care Unit, the Family Birth Center and also helped with the construction of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Sutter Rehabilitation Institute.

Among the donors for the recent Sutter Rehabilitation Institute expansion were RehabCare, the Sutter Roseville Medical Center Auxiliary, Quest Media & Supplies Inc., Unger Construction, Intech Mechanical, Will Brieger and Sarah Krevans, John and Susan Nunan, Tim and Cindy Burke, and Daryn and Amanda Kumar. The community’s generosity assures state-of-the-art health care for patients recovering from life-altering trauma and illnesses.

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