Stephen Scollard, who has spent his entire career working in healthcare in the North East, will head up The Bridge Care Centre when it opens later in the Spring.
The 59-year-old said he was delighted to be joining the team in the countdown to the launch of the new service.
He said: “I am proud to be leading The Bridge. This will be a centre of excellence in neuro-services, a place where we will focus on people’s abilities, not their limitations, as we support them, and their loved ones.
“The North East is home to some of the leading experts in the field of complex care and I look forward to working closely with local health and social care professionals to deliver the highest care services for our residents.”
The Bridge, in Middlehaven, will provide rehabilitation, long-term care, respite and palliative care for people with neurological illnesses, acquired brain injuries and spinal injuries.
The building features 40 state of the art care suites over four floors, a therapeutic swimming pool and spa area, a gym and therapy rooms equipped with specialist equipment, a lifestyle kitchen for independent living skills assessment and programmes and a café.
Previously Stephen spent 21 years working in the NHS before moving to the independent sector in 1995. Most recently he was Hospital Director of The Billingham Grange.
Badby Group CEO Paul Hill said Stephen would ensure that The Bridge rapidly became the leading complex care centre in the North East.
He said: “We are delighted that Stephen has decided to join us. He brings more than four decades of healthcare experience to the role and shares our ambition to deliver the highest quality complex care services at The Bridge.
“I look forward to working with Stephen in the months and years ahead as we create a centre of excellence here in Middlesbrough.”