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The Suburbanite
  • Edwin Shaw's haunted past and future

  • There have been strange happenings reported by employees and ghost hunters alike. Now those spirits have the run of the place as the well-known rehabilitation hospital is no longer occupied.

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  • Browse Web sites such as www.forgottenoh.com or www.deadohio.com and find haunting news about Edwin Shaw Hospital.
    There have been strange happenings reported by employees and ghost hunters alike. Now those spirits have the run of the place as the well-known rehabilitation hospital is no longer occupied.
    After nearly 100 years in the Lakemore location, the hospital has moved to Cuyahoga Falls. Now located at 330 Broadway Street. The move came with a new name. It is now known as the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute.
    “Our new name is a reflection of a number of Edwin Shaw attributes, including our research capabilities and achievements,” said Vice President Kim Strubel, “There are very few rehabilitation facilities across the country that can compete with Edwin Shaw in terms of the skill level of personnel."
    One example of the skill level is that Shaw has 11 certified brain injury specialists and six neuro-developmental treatment specialists on staff.
    "This is a huge loss to the Village of Lakemore," said Chief of Staff for the County Executive Jason Dodson.
    This will be another financial hit to the already-fiscally- struggling village.
    "We will stand to lose about $175,000 this year from the move," said Lakemore Fiscal Officer Rick Quay.
    "The income from the property has been higher in the past but that is the estimate based on last year," Quay said.
    "Given the importance of this to the village, we are actively marketing the property," said Dodson. "It is important for us to find someone to move in."
    At this time, the county is working in the building to minimize utility costs and maintenance. There are gates up at the driveways to keep motor vehicles out of the property.
    Council President Rick Justice said that they are hopeful that the golf course would remain.
    "It is unique and a special facility. It is important to many people," Justice said.
    Akron General expects the move to extend the success and bring Edwin Shaw patients into an environment that helps aid their healing process. The Dobkin Center, which is Shaw's chemical dependency services also moved to the new location. However, Edwin Shaw has relocated its Lakemore outpatient services to the Tri-County Plaza at 1500 Canton Road. This outpatient rehab will continue to serve the southeastern Summit County outpatients needs.
    Edwin Shaw was first known as the Springfield Lake Sanitarium. Located on Sanitarium Road, the facility served Summit County as the Summit County Tuberculosis Hospital for 50 years. In the 1960's the Hospital grew as it added the Sunshine Village which housed orphans, the victims of physical and sexual abuse and the Department of Children's Services.
    Page 2 of 2 - Then it became the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital was struggling financially. Akron General acquired the facility in 2005 and they have turned the organization around.
    Edwin Shaw is Ohio's most accredited rehab facility and the area's largest provider of rehab services. It has been known for the work done with patients recovering from brain, spinal cord and multiple traumatic injuries, strokes, amputations, major orthopedic and other surgeries and complex medical problems, which require intensive inpatient and extended outpatient rehabilitation.
    The new facility has 32 private rooms and three semi-private. All rooms are located on the first floor which allows for a better patient experience as well as efficiency. Medical director for the facility, Dr. Michael Delahanty, said the new facility is "simply outstanding.” The location, the safety features and the amenities are beyond compare. I would describe the aesthetics of the environment as motivational."

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