Tampa General Hospital and Kindred Healthcare LLC announce a joint venture to construct and operate a freestanding 59-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility in Tampa Bay, Florida.

“We look forward to partnering with Tampa General Hospital on Kindred’s first freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Florida, which will offer expanded rehabilitation services for the benefit of the community, region and state,” says Russ Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, Kindred Rehabilitation Hospitals.

“In bringing this partnership together, we saw an opportunity to work with a premier healthcare provider to help patients in the Tampa Bay area and beyond recover from their illnesses or injuries, restore function and regain the independence needed to get back to their lives,” he adds.

The new inpatient rehabilitation hospital is projected to be approximately 80,000 square feet and cost $35 million. Groundbreaking is planned for the summer of 2020, with the expected opening in the fall of 2021.

Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the new hospital, and Tampa General Hospital will provide medical support services such as imaging, lab and surgical services.

Tampa General Hospital currently operates an inpatient rehab facility that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Clinical teams will ultimately move to the new site, while Tampa General Hospital will continue to provide pediatric and outpatient rehabilitation at alternate sites.  

“We are excited to partner with Kindred Healthcare. By partnering with Kindred, we are enhancing patient access and clinical outcomes while providing the latest innovation and technology,” John Couris, President & CEO of Tampa General Hospital, says in a media release.

The new inpatient rehabilitation hospital will care for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord, and other debilitating illnesses or injuries. The new facility will offer state-of-the-art technology and feature all private rooms. It will also have a secured brain injury unit with private dining and a therapy gym.

Transitional living apartments designed to simulate a residential apartment will enable patients to heal in a personalized and private environment as they prepare to return to independent living. Patients will also experience specially planned rooms to treat dialysis patients and specialty programs dedicated to neuro, stroke, brain injury and amputation, the release explains.

A community grand opening will be planned sometime in the fall of 2021.

[Source(s): Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc. d/b/a Tampa General Hospital, PR Newswire]