Individuals faced with injuries requiring physical, emotional and therapeutic rehabilitation services now have a new state-of-the-art facility in Surprise to consider for their short-term stays.

Sante of Surprise, a new transitional home for those faced with physical ailments such as knee, hip and joint injuries, recently opened to the public after receiving its Medicare certification. The center currently serves two Medicare patients.

Medicare covers up to 100 days of care, but patients’ short-term stays typically last between 24 and 30 days, said Jana McDonald, Sante’s executive director. Patients with private insurance carriers are also accepted.

Besides typical physical therapy, Sante offers musical, aroma and massage therapies, among others. An outside healing garden has plush reclining chairs, a surround-sound system and fountain with mini waterfalls.

Sante also offers outdoor therapy, accessible from the physical therapy gym, which provides a variety of walking surfaces to simulate walking and navigating on various exterior environments.

The area is also complete with cooling misters and landscaping features.

“We’re meeting an unmet need and adding to a continuum of care that’s missing right now,” McDonald said.

Unlike other rehabilitation facilities, McDonald and other Sante officials are touting the amenities the state-of-the-art rehab facility offers to patients and the public alike, including a salon and bistro that serves salads, sandwiches, pastries and Starbucks coffee.

The dining hall allows patients and the public to order anything they choose. Wi-Fi is also available throughout the facility.

Sante can serve up to 70 patients in private suites that feature a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave; large, flat-screen television; sofa sleeper for visitors; electric oversized bed; and roll-in shower.

“We want to give people a place that meets their expectations from a hospitality standpoint,” McDonald said.

May Hartel can’t sing enough praises of the Sante staff, whose around-the-clock treatment and care is “amazing” and “wonderful.”

“The way (the staff) cares about the patients is great,” she said. “There’s a sense of mission and camaraderie.”

The Sun City West resident was admitted earlier this month because of a shoulder replacement and prefers living in a short-term rehab facility such as Sante. Hartel said she would feel restricted in her own home and wouldn’t have the opportunity to correct her injury through rehabilitation as she doesn’t own the same equipment.

The 71-year-old partakes for five days a week in physical therapy and exercises in Sante’s gym that boasts new, state-of-the-art equipment.

She also said she enjoys learning more about computers and surfing the Internet, as well as making jewelry in some of the skilled-working classes.

Sante of Surprise will host a community open house 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at its facility, 14775 W. Yorkshire Drive, Surprise.

Tours will be provided to the public, with a dessert reception featuring a DJ playing live music.

For information about the open house and facility in general, call Stephanie Zahary at 623-680-5134.

Zach Colick can be reached at 623-876-2522 or

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