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Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center Relocating

Posted: Updated: June 15, 2011 04:19 PM EDT

The Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center is going to close. The news came Wednesday morning from employees at the facility on Ivy Road but there is a plan in place to make sure patients still get the care they need.

The earliest any transition could happen is in about 12 to 18 months. That's when the first round of services will be moved from KCRC to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Employees were told about the transition details during a staff meeting. UVA says the first move will happen once the children's floor at the medical center is expanded, which will take another year or so.

UVA is working on a plan to move rehabilitation services to UVA HealthSouth near Fontaine in two years. Outpatient services will then go the Battle Building in three years.

Lorna Facteau, UVA's chief nursing officer, stated, "Every year we talk about closing KCRC. That the building no longer meets the needs of children and their families in these very specialty settings. The Battle Building will provide us the opportunity to give state of the art care."

Employees are discussing options with UVA's Human Resources Department. Most employees will be transitioned into jobs at the medical center. There are no plans for sweeping layoffs.

The future of this building is still up in the air. We're told it is property of the university and will revert back to UVA. At this point there are no plans for the site.


Email from Terry S. Howell on KCRC Closing

Sent on behalf of Dr. James Nataro, Chair, Pediatrics Department and Sheila Smith, Associate Chief, UVA Children's Hospital and Women Services:
 
Dear CH Committee Members,
 
We are writing to let you know important information regarding the Children's Hospital and the future of the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC). KCRC employees and services will be transitioning to the new Children's Hospital Battle Building and other locations within the organization over the next few years. (See attached letter). This transition will benefit our community and the UVa Health System in a number of ways including improved alignment with the Medical Center and UVa Children's Hospital goals, improved efficiencies, ability to respond to the acute illness needs of the Children's Hospital, and refined day treatment programs.
 
It was our hope to inform you all before this announcement went public. However, the information seems to have been leaked to the press and will most likely be in the news tonight.
 
Please see the attached letter that is being sent out by Mr. R. Edward Howell, Vice President and CEO of the UVA Medical Center tomorrow morning and please do let us know if you have any questions. 
 
Thank you all for your service and understanding.
Sincerely,
Terry S. Howell
Administrative Specialist to
Sheila Smith. Associate Chief, 
Department of UVA Children's Hospital
and Women's Services

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