Sinai Chicago Partners With Michigan Company To Develop West Side Rehab Center


NORTH LAWNDALE – A hospital with a safety net is expanding its rehabilitation services as part of a strategy to achieve more equitable health outcomes for patients living on the south and west sides.

Schwab Rehabilitation, the 102-bed rehabilitation hospital in Sinai Chicago, has partnered with Michigan’s Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to provide more outpatient therapy and inpatient services. While Schwab patients will keep their preferred doctors, executives at Mary Free Bed will enter as contractors to manage the day-to-day operations and strategy of the Rehab Center, 1401 S. California Ave.

The partnership is expected to double the hospital’s capacity for outpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care over the next five years, said Airica Steed, chief operating officer of Sinai Chicago. Schwab’s inpatient capacity will also increase by 10% in the first two years, Steed said.

This expansion will make services like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy more accessible to residents who need them, said Bruce Brasser, vice president of Mary Free Bed and interim president of Schwab Rehabilitation.

“We want to be able to serve more of these patients and get the care they need, at the exact time that’s best for them,” said Brasser.

Mary Free Bed’s expertise will allow the hospital to optimize the work of Sinai community health workers and care navigators to “address some of the social factors in rehabilitative care,” Steed said.

“At the end of the day, you really have to take this holistic approach… to create an integrated way to help our patients get their lives back on track,” Steed said.

The partnership will allow Schwab to benefit from Mary Free Bed’s long-standing specialty in a “narrow niche of rehabilitative care,” Brasser said, such as cancer rehabilitation programs to help survivors “regain their independence and their function “.

Mary Free Bed also offers advanced prosthetics programs that could be developed in Schwab through the collaboration.

Schwab has specialized rehabilitation programs for things like strokes and brain damage that work synergistically with the trauma centers in Sinai, Steed said. Hospital officials are working with Mary Free Bed to identify additional specialist programs that Sinai was previously unable to provide.

“We can get stronger together,” Steed said. “We see this as a health equity challenge.

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