Transitional care facilities move ahead in Lisle, Aurora

Rosemont-based Innovative Health said Monday it will break ground this summer on new short-term rehab centers in Lisle and Aurora, after winning court decisions against local competitors attempting to stop them.

Innovative Health, which also plans to build more facilities in the region, already acquired the land on Ogden Avenue in Lisle and on New York Avenue in Aurora for about $1 million each. The company plans to spend another $40 million to construct the two 68-bed facilities, which will add about 200 jobs by next year.

"We're very confident that we'll fill these facilities after we did the research prior to picking the locations," said Brad Haber, principal and co-founder of Innovative Health. "These areas demonstrate a need with a lot of growth expected."

The state approved both projects last May, and zoning permits were provided by Lisle and Aurora officials.

Then competitors last year filed two lawsuits, one against the Lisle facility and the other against the Aurora facility, in DuPage County Circuit Court. Community Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, The Springs at Monarch Landing and Bria Health Services, all skilled care nursing facilities, wanted to stop the new projects because they said they weren't needed and provided the same services as their facilities.

In separate rulings on Jan. 3 and Jan. 10, the judges allowed Innovative Health to move forward with construction.

While the cases could be appealed, Haber said the company will start construction this summer. The facilities will be called Transitional Care of Lisle and Transitional Care of Fox Valley.

"We are excited to bring this new model of health care to the Lisle community," Lisle Mayor Joe Broda said in a statement. "I am proud to support a facility that will improve the health of our community while also creating jobs."

Haber said the new facilities are not for long-term stays. They instead will focus on short-term and rehabilitative care for those 18 and older. Likely stays could be one to three days or up to about 90 days, depending on the patient and their situation. The average age is expected to be between 60 and 70, Haber said.

Patients will receive skilled care in a spa-like environment featuring private suites, furnishings and restaurant-style dining options.

"We're focused on a different population and getting them in and out in the most efficient and healthy manner," Haber said.

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