A new inpatient rehabilitation hospital, scheduled to open in 2019, will be located on the southeast corner of Gabel and Hesper roads in Billings, the three partners in the new venture announced Thursday.
A joint news release from Kindred Healthcare Inc. of Kentucky, Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare said The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana, originally announced in June 2017, will begin serving patients within the first three months of next year, subject to regulatory approval.
The 34-bed inpatient facility will offer all-private rooms and treat patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, the release said. Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations, which is expected to employ more than 100 people.
Kindred, based in Louisville, Kentucky, already runs New Hope, the inpatient rehabilitation unit at St. Vincent Healthcare. That unit will be transferred to the new hospital once it opens.
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“We are pleased to work with the two premier health care providers in Billings and look forward to breaking ground on this high-quality, post-acute care facility that will greatly benefit the community,” Jason Zachariah, president of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, said in the release.
Dr. Randall Gibb, CEO of Billings Clinic, said the partnership brings together “the resources and knowledge of two of the strongest health care organizations in the region” with Kindred’s expertise in post-acute care.
“This will strengthen the system of providing rehabilitation services already integrated within our organizations and we know this new partnership will benefit people across the region,” Gibb said.
The announcement, added Steve Loveless, St. Vincent Healthcare and SCL Health Montana president, “means we are one step closer to providing patients with the high-quality services and team-based care they deserve and need to return to the life they want to live.”