The Grimes Center, a 120-bed, adult rehabilitation center, is located one block east of the Saint Raphael Campus. Although its present location was enlarged and renovated in 2005, the Grimes Center has served the greater New Haven area for more than 40 years — for many years as a nursing home. It is named for Sister Anne Virginie Grimes, the late president of the Hospital of Saint Raphael.
Today, the Grimes Center fills an important role as it focuses on serving the short-term needs of patients who are recovering from stroke, cardiac surgery, cancer or trauma. In addition, Grimes' comprehensive orthopedic rehabilitation prepares joint replacement patients to return successfully to their homes and active lives.
As a Yale New Haven Health System facility, Grimes provides a vital resource for caregivers who must provide an appropriate care plan for discharged patients that will ensure their continued recovery. Sometimes that plan includes the type of post-acute rehabilitation that Grimes specializes in. Since Medicare will no longer reimburse hospitals for care when a patient is readmitted within 30 days of hospitalization, rehabilitation is key for many patients to successfully return home.
In Connecticut, the Grimes Center is one of the few centers that provide physical therapy seven days a week. This contributes greatly to Grimes' success in reducing patient length of stay — its average is 12 days, which is well ahead of national benchmarks.
"Over decades of service, our staff has developed rehabilitation expertise that serves our patients extremely well," said John Tarutis, executive director, Grimes Center. "The Grimes Center is truly a gem and its care is unmatched when compared with other short-term care facilities."
The Grimes Center employs more than 175 staff, which includes nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, technicians, managers and support staff. It admits more than 1,000 patients a year and 99.9 percent of them are well enough to recover and return home. Since integration, increasing numbers of patients are being admitted to Grimes from the York Street Campus for rehabilitative care.
Plans for Grimes' future include introducing a new inpatient program for patients who have cardiac disease or have had heart surgery. The program will connect patients with the homecare services that will help them continue to progress after discharge.
The Grimes Center will also play an important role as plans for the hospital's musculoskeletal center on the Saint Raphael Campus advance. This summer, Grimes will create additional private rehabilitation suites.
"Increasing numbers of Americans undergo joint replacement surgery, creating a growing demand for post-op care and rehabilitation expertise," said Tarutis. "We also provide interim care that strengthens patients for their safe return to their homes. This expertise and care account for the nearly 100 percent of our patients who say they will recommend Grimes to family and friends."