Head-injury center to open this fall

Farmington Hills site is planned
April 21, 2006

A chain of centers that treats people with brain injuries is opening another inpatient location in Farmington Hills in the fall.

Ypsilanti-based Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers plans to move into the spot formerly occupied by Hospice of Michigan, on Middlebelt near 11 Mile Road. If it gets a license from the state, it plans to operate it as a foster care center that can accommodate 40 adults.

Rainbow, founded in 1983, treats children and adults who have suffered spinal cord and traumatic head injuries. It operates a physical therapy center for children on Grand River in Farmington and nine other residential and outpatient centers in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area.

Sean Youngren, Rainbow’s administrative director, said Hospice built the building on Middlebelt in 1995 and moved out a few years ago.

It’s in such good shape, he said, that Rainbow should be able to move in without doing too many renovations.

“It’s nearly a turnkey operation, from our perspective,” he said.

Youngren said the cost of the 23,000-square-foot building is about $4.7 million, but Rainbow hasn’t yet closed on the purchase.

That should happen in early July, he said, and the facility could be up and running by September.

The land, about 9 acres, was tied up in a zoning-related lawsuit going back 27 years, which resulted in a consent judgment that has been modified three times.

Last week, the City Council approved the latest version, which essentially says Rainbow must get the city’s written consent if it transfers ownership.

Hospice donated property at 11 Mile and Middlebelt to the city in 1995 for Memorial Park. That is to remain intact and, under the new consent judgment, is not part of the land’s legal description.

Youngren said under state law, adult foster care facilities may house only 20 people. Rainbow’s new center will technically be two facilities in one, he said, thus the facility will seek to house up to 40 clients. A little more than a year ago, Rainbow opened its Grand River center, a former Benchmark outdoor goods store, after adding a pool for aquatic therapy, a gym and clinical offices.

Rainbow runs about 30 centers in Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Most are adult foster care facilities, Youngren said.

The majority of Rainbow’s money comes from private insurance, automotive included, and workers compensation. The company’s outpatient facilities are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, based in Tucson, Ariz.

Source: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060421/NEWS03/604210485/1005


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