New $17.5 million rehabilitation center opens in Surprise

SURPRISE – For two years, the city of Surprise has worked with Dallas-based Cobalt Medical Development and Abrazo Community Health Network to open a destination rehabilitation center.

Officials said the $17.5 million facility will provide a better experience for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses and traumatic injuries. The hospital will accept patients this month.

“It’s a big deal for the city of Surprise,” Mayor Sharon Wolcott said. “What we have now is a facility that will be the destination facility throughout the state of Arizona for traumatic brain injury.”

About 140 specialists will staff the 55,000-square-foot hospital, which features
the Zero-G Gait and Balance Training System. The system allows patients to relieve fractions of their weight by being harnessed to an overhead trolley.

The powered trolley rides along a track, suspending the user, making it easier for them to stand, balance and walk. This system is the first in Arizona and helps patients recover more quickly, according to Raj Singh, medical director of Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital of Surprise.

“This environment makes a huge differences,” Singh said. “The Zero-G type treatment gets them up much faster, and that is the key.”

According to Abrazo, the facility is built to act more as a resort for patients than a hospital. From lighting to sheets, every element of the facility is built for patient comfort, officials said.

The 40-bed hospital provides more space for patients in lieu of large office spaces for management. They plan to expand the complex to include more medical office space in the future, officials said.