Kindred Healthcare, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with CHI Franciscan Health to create a joint venture to construct and operate a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Tacoma, Washington, which is located in Kindred’s Seattle integrated care market. The project recently received Certificate of Need approval from the Washington State Department of Health.
Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the new hospital. Subject to several regulatory and other approvals, Kindred expects the hospital to open by the first quarter of 2018. The new hospital will care for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord and other long-term illnesses or injuries.
In its Seattle integrated care market, Kindred operates two transitional care hospitals, two nursing centers, two co-located hospital-based sub-acute units, and provides home health and hospice services. CHI Franciscan is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States with operations in 19 states. CHI Franciscan provides health services in the Pacific Northwest.
“We look forward to a strong partnership with CHI Franciscan as we develop a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital that complements CHI Franciscan’s acute care settings and highly regarded reputation for helping patients recover and return home,” said Benjamin A. Breier, Kindred’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Kindred is proud of partnerships, such as this, with some of the nation’s leading health systems because they recognize how our post-acute expertise and patient-centered care model help drive efficiencies and clinical integration. These collaborative efforts deliver the best in patient care and have helped our inpatient rehabilitation business outperform peers in key clinical measures.”
“Care for patients needing long-term rehabilitation care has hit a tipping point in Pierce County,” said Ketul Patel, CHI Franciscan’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our partnership with Kindred is a giant step toward meeting that critical need. This partnership is important in terms of partnering with a leading provider of post-acute care services to join with our full continuum of healthcare services, to provide our communities with the right care where and when they need it.”
Source : investors.kindredhealthcare.com