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New rehabilitation facility offers 'innovative model of care' | PHOTOS

Salude, a transitional care and short-term recovery facility, celebrated two days before its opening with a ribbon cutting and tours of the new building. From left to right are, Dr. Neil Kurtz, president and CEO of Golden Living, parent company to Salude, Dr. Alan Wang, chief executive officer of Salude, Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette, Kevin Schoolcraft, senior vice president of construction and development with Fillmore Capital Partners, state Sen. David Shafer and Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Charlotte Nash. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

Salude, a transitional care and short-term recovery facility, celebrated two days before its opening with a ribbon cutting and tours of the new building. From left to right are, Dr. Neil Kurtz, president and CEO of Golden Living, parent company to Salude, Dr. Alan Wang, chief executive officer of Salude, Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette, Kevin Schoolcraft, senior vice president of construction and development with Fillmore Capital Partners, state Sen. David Shafer and Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Charlotte Nash. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

SUWANEE — An upscale transitional care and short-term recovery facility that is the first of its kind in Georgia celebrated a ribbon cutting Tuesday in Suwanee.

Salude will officially open Thursday and Dr. Alan Wang, CEO of the facility, said patients are already lined up to take advantage of its offerings.

Wang called Salude’s approach to recovery an “innovative model of care.” With a focus on “the art of recovery,” the 46,610-square-foot facility is intended to offer a serene, private setting paired with a clinical and customer-service experience not generally found in health care facilities.

“I think it’s my primary role to say, ‘Welcome to Gwinnett County,’”Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said during remarks before the ribbon cutting. “We are thrilled that you have chosen this location. … (Salude) fits right in with the county’s decision to focus on health care as one of our main industries.”

Salude’s services are targeted toward high-end, short-term transitional care for Medicare, managed care and private pay patients. The facility, situated on 14.54 acres wooded, includes 64 private patient rooms with private bathrooms.

“I’m sure it will get very busy very quickly,” Wang said. “The next stage will be patient care, which will be our forte.”