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2017-11-22 / Front Page

Bros. of Mercy rehab clinic set to open next week


Brothers of Mercy is expanding its mission of community wellness in a literal as much as a figurative manner.

The 41-year-old skilled nursing facility at 10570 Bergtold Road — already the site of a 126-acre campus that includes senior living apartments and the Sacred Heart Home — will add a state-of-the-art rehabilitation clinic to serve those who want to continue treatment even after they’ve left the grounds.

Russell J. Salvatore Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic will add 2,600 square feet when it officially opens on Wednesday, Nov. 29, satisfying a high demand from those who have been treated as inpatients at Brothers of Mercy and want to return for outpatient services.

The new facility will allow current patients to keep their existing therapist, move forward with their customized program and continue therapy in a familiar setting, says Bob Zotara, director of marketing and communications for the Brothers of Mercy.

“It allows those people to come back to the same facility and work with the same therapists, and there’s a comfort level there,” he said, adding that while the Brothers of Mercy does not have official percentages on patients who require additional therapy upon leaving, there has been a significant demand for an option for continued treatment.

The Brothers of Mercy believe that their physical therapy programs are some of the largest and most progressive offered in Western New York.

Occupational therapists are also on hand to help patients practice and improve daily life skills that include dressing, bathing, preparing and eating a meal and maintaining a home. Therapists administer a critical assessment of the patient’s safety, judgment and endurance prior to discharge.

The new $700,000 rehabilitation clinic was made possible by a $300,000 donation from Russell Salvatore and will open next week adjacent to the inpatient rehab unit at its 240-bed skilled nursing facility.

An added benefit of the campus expansion will be an opportunity for the Brothers of Mercy to “re-brand” itself, says Zotara, and will help to inform the community of the many aspects of care that the facility is now capable of providing.

“A lot of people probably still think of us as a nursing home,” he said. “While that’s true, we have extensive in-house rehab and now outpatient rehab. In addition to that we have two apartment complexes. So, we’re more than just a nursing home — we’re a wellness community.”

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