Catholic Health to open post-acute COVID-19 center in former Orchard Park nursing home

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Catholic Health will be opening a COVID-19 post-acute center Tuesday in a former Orchard Park nursing facility.

Dubbed the St. Joseph Post-Acute Center, the facility will offer short-term rehabilitation and nursing care for COVID-19 patients who are discharged from Catholic Health hospitals, but who aren’t able to safely return home or to community-based living facilities yet.

The center is located in the former AbsolutCare Nursing Home, 4659 Duerr Road in Orchard Park.

This won’t be the only post acute center in the area. Elderwood at Amherst’s center has been up and operating for two weeks now and say their program has been successful.

“You could send one or two patients to 20 facilities or we could focus and send them all to one unit where we could care for them and protect our residents in the other facilities to the best of our ability,” said Medical Director Paul Shields. “We’ve really been able to do that very well with this.”

Shields says the facility knew there would be people who would need another level of care besides being treated for COVID-19. He says acute care center’s help keep the disease from spreading to other staff and patients inside hospitals and nursing homes.

“We can’t just close our doors,” he said. “Patients still have needs for some acute care. They still have diabetes, they still fall and have injuries they still needed to come to this level of care.”

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