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If approved by the Fenton Planning Commission in April, the former Rockwell Memory Care home will become a neuroscience and surgery rehab center.

 Although the Fenton City Planning Commission has postponed its March 24 meeting until the April 28 meeting due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, there are some people in the neighborhood of Adelaide and Rockwell streets who are very interested in the outcome of at least one of the agenda items.

 In January of this year, Crain’s Detroit Business announced that a company called the Insight Institute of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience (IINN) was seeking to come to Fenton, but did not say where.

 Since then, Jawad Shah Property Holdings, LLC, of IINN has acquired the property that once housed the Rockwell Memory Care home at 700 S. Adelaide

St., at Rockwell. Shaw paid $302,500 for the 7,707-square-foot facility. The property is currently zoned MDR (medium density residential). It was last sold in August of 2007 for $1.25 million.

 According to Fenton’s Building and Zoning Administrator, Mike Reilly, the company plans to expand the house with numerous additional beds.

 Reilly said in order to make that work, the owner would have to install an elevator in the building, costing approximately $85,000. He said this type of healthcare facility is “transient,” in that it involves physical therapy and other rehabilitation services mainly for vehicle accident victims, many patients who would be coming and going regularly, not all living there as it was with the memory care facility.

 According to IINN’s website at iinn.com, “Seeing the need for rehabilitation services continue to grow, Insight has purchased a vacant building in Fenton that it will use for a dramatic expansion of its rehabilitation program.

 “The Insight Healing Center currently is a 12-bed adult rehabilitation facility with an additional six-bed residential-type recovery unit in Flint. Insight’s program will now expand with the purchase of an unoccupied building in Fenton that will be converted into a 40-bed long-term care rehabilitation facility.”

 According to IINN, the need for rehabilitation services has grown over the last two years as Insight neurosurgeons concluded they could control patient outcomes more effectively after they conducted surgeries on accident victims by managing their own facility.

 While initial treatment of catastrophic injuries such as auto accidents are effective, Insight’s leaders say they believe that a continuity of care with enhanced long-term rehabilitation treatment can enhance recovery.

 According to the Crain’s article (link is on the IINN website) Shah said he and his associates have admitting privileges and share emergency on-call coverage at a number of hospitals near Flint, including McLaren Flint Hospital, Hurley Medical Center and Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc Township, where they treat seriously injured patients.

 Community focus CEO Chad Grant of McLaren Flint said there are few people like Shah who both contribute to the growth of Flint from a business and health care standpoint and are also as committed to community and civic development

 Shah’s efforts to improve Flint’s economy and community services, also are supported by U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint, who said, “He sets a really good example for being the ultimate citizen.”

 IINN has other facilities, including one in Warren, in a former GM building.

 For more information about IINN, visit iinn.com and click on “What’s New” for the Crain’s link and videos showing what they do.

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