Presence Saint Joseph Center Receives Final Approval for New Addition

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FREEPORT (WIFR) – Presence Saint Joseph Center, formerly known as Provena St. Joseph Center, 659 East Jefferson Street, Freeport has received final approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Care Regulation for its new 16-bed Medicare-certified short-stay rehabilitation wing.

“We are so happy that we can finally begin admitting patients to our new addition,” said Michelle Lindeman, Administrator of Presence Saint Joseph Center. “We planned this new addition to better serve the needs of the community. We added 16 private rooms to accommodate the many patients who need short-term rehabilitation. We also have begun converting six semi-private skilled nursing rooms in our existing facility to private rooms.” Presence Saint Joseph Center provides rapid, intensive rehabilitation that allows patients who have had hip or knee replacements, or other types of surgery, to return home and get back to work as quickly – and safely – as possible. “The new rehabilitation wing is just one more tool that helps us provide rehabilitation to the ever-increasing number of people who need short-term care, so they can more quickly return home and to their other normal daily activities,” Lindeman explained. “Our patients and other residents will also benefit from the additional private rooms, which will allow them to remain as independent and healthy as possible for a longer period of time,” she added.

As the senior market for short-stay rehabilitation has grown and as medical evidence of the effectiveness of private rooms in reducing infections and speeding recovery has demonstrated, the demands for additional amenities, particularly private rooms with private baths, has emerged as a critical factor for post-acute care after a hospital stay.

Presence Saint Joseph Center, part of Presence Health, offers a range of care, services and support options in addition to short-term rehabilitation, including an adult day center. Patients who receive short-term therapy but who may require some additional assistance after discharge often utilize the adult day center to continue receiving some therapy, and also to socialize with new friends. The campus also provides respite care, community and supportive living, and skilled and intermediate nursing care. For more information about Presence Saint Joseph Center or to schedule a tour, call us at 815-232-6181 or visit

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