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Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:38 pm, Sat Jun 11, 2011.

This month, the healthcare “club” in Mesa gets a new member.

Santé of Mesa is a new transitional rehabilitation center opening this month. It will provide rehabilitation services on a short-term basis.

“We’re happy to welcome Santé to Mesa,” says Jaye O’Donnell, the marketing and business development manager for the city of Mesa. O’Donnell says the center has committed a significant investment in the city that will provide a positive economic impact.

Parent company Santé Partners spent $15 million to build the rehabilitation center. O’Donnell says that the city always likes to see a significant capital investment from new businesses looking to build in Mesa.

Peter Sterling, president and CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, says the $15 million investment is significant because healthcare is an important part of Mesa’s economy.

According to Sterling, Mesa has four key planks in its economy: He uses the acronym HEAT, for healthcare, education, aviation/aerospace and tourism. Sterling says Santé “fits part of the puzzle” in Mesa.

The city agrees. “That’s one of our pillars of enterprise and one of the areas (healthcare) we look at attracting,” O’Donnell says.

Mesa already has a reputation for healthcare being a sizable part of the city’s economic foundation, and Santé says the new rehabilitation center will fit in with what is already available in Mesa.

“We are adding an additional service … complementing what is already in Mesa,” says Mary Leach, president of Copper Sands, which is the company managing Santé.

Mesa has 47 other rehabilitation centers in its city limits. These centers include hospices, nursing homes and retirement homes. Santé is a short-term facility (20- to 30-day stays) and is considered different from the other type of centers.

It’s one reason Santé Partners says it chose to open in Mesa. “Market studies showed a great need for specialized service in the Valley,” Leach says.

Santé is situated in a healthcare corridor, at Baseline and Higley roads across the street from Banner Gateway Medical Center and less than a mile away from the Arizona Joint and Spine hospital.

“Mesa is one of a few cities that provides a continuum of care,” O’Donnell says. That means Mesa offers comprehensive medical care from the moment a patient steps foot into the hospital to the moment they step foot at home. Even then, there are outpatient and rehab programs and facilities that help patients at every phase of their treatment.

Leach says the new facility also will create more than 75 jobs.

“Especially now, it’s obviously critical that jobs are being created,” Sterling says.

The types of jobs created range from professional therapists to housekeepers to nurses to cooks. Other jobs include maintenance workers, receptionist, caregivers and activities director.

Leach says the company will pay out $300,000 a month in salaries plus an additional $200,000 or so a month in payments to therapists. Santé will incur a total of about $800,000 in expenses per month, including personnel and other operating costs.  

Leach says the main competition for Santé is Advanced Healthcare, which offers similar rehabilitation services and also is in Mesa.

Santé of Mesa is not the only Santé facility coming to the Valley. Santé Partners also plans to add centers in Chandler, Surprise, Scottsdale and Sun City starting this year.

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