MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital now has the approval from state authorities to add 23 new beds to its Puyallup facility for an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

The state Department of Health issued the required certificate of need, allowing MultiCare to add capacity to the existing rehabilitation beds, bringing it up to 48 beds. The new space will be located in a remodeled unit in the Forest Pavilion building and construction is expected to be complete by summer 2018.

“We know there are more patients in our communities who need the high-level, comprehensive services we offer,” said Bill Robertson, president and CEO of MultiCare Health System in announcing the step.

This inpatient rehab unit was founded in 1954 by Good Samaritan Hospital and serves individuals recovering from severe injuries and illnesses such as traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, stroke and progressive neurogenic disorders like multiple sclerosis, ALS or Parkinson’s. This is currently the only Level 1 such trauma service in Pierce County.