Tampa General Hospital and Kindred Healthcare, LLC today announced a joint venture to construct and operate a freestanding 59-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility in Tampa Bay.
The hospital will meet the growing needs of Tampa Bay, the region and the state.
“We are excited to partner with Kindred Healthcare. As the region’s only Level One trauma center, Tampa General Hospital has for decades been providing life-saving care that includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Now, by partnering with Kindred, we are enhancing patient access and clinical outcomes while providing the latest innovation and technology. This new state-of-the-art hospital will enhance the great work and patient care that our clinical staff already provides every day,” said John Couris, President & CEO of Tampa General Hospital.
The new inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be located on Kennedy Boulevard between Oregon Avenue and Willow Avenue in Tampa.
The facility 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, which is expected to employ more than 140 caregivers and staff.
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 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,” said 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.”
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.
A community grand opening will be planned sometime in the fall of 2021.