Chicago-based, Sinai Health System-owned Holy Cross Hospital announces its intention to close its 34-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, reportedly due to declining admissions as the result of a lack of demand for the services.

In an application filed with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, hospital officials wrote that admissions since 2013 have declined 34%, as patients have opted instead to recover in community, home-based, and specialty rehabilitation hospitals, according to a news story published by Crain’s Chicago Business.

If the application is approved and the rehabilitation unit closes, the space will then be used to help Holy Cross Hospital expand its other services.

Officials have not yet decided, however, which services to grow, according to Paul Berrini, vice president of strategy and marketing at Sinai Health System, which owns Holy Cross, per the news story.

In addition, if the rehab unit closes, its current patients will be transferred to other facilities nearby, such as Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, another Sinai-owned medical facility.

[Source: Crain’s Chicago Business]