Saint Luke’s Health System and Centerre Healthcare Sign Letter of Intent to Form Partnership on New Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

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The freestanding rehabilitation hospital will serve the medical rehabilitation needs of patients in the Kansas City region.

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It is the goal of Saint Luke’s Health System to provide a seamless care experience for our rehabilitation patients and to provide the most comprehensive level of inpatient rehabilitation services in the region.

Saint Luke’s Health System, in partnership with Centerre Healthcare Corporation headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., today announced their intent to build a freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Pending site selection and certificate of need approval, the new hospital is expected to open in 2016.

The 60,000-plus square foot, 60-bed rehabilitation hospital will serve the medical rehabilitation needs of patients in the Kansas City region by offering the highest quality programs for stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, and other major conditions.

The new rehabilitation hospital will allow Saint Luke’s to develop several inpatient rehabilitation Centers of Excellence, while being easily accessible to the entire Saint Luke’s patient population.

“It is the goal of Saint Luke’s Health System to provide a seamless care experience for our rehabilitation patients and to provide the most comprehensive level of inpatient rehabilitation services in the region,” said Julie Quirin, senior vice president of continuum of care services at Saint Luke’s Health System. “The opportunity to create a dedicated rehabilitation hospital aligns perfectly with that goal and will serve to greatly expand the services and resources available to the Kansas City community.”

The rehabilitation hospital will be designed to promote healing and return patients to independence outside the traditional hospital setting. The hospital will incorporate many distinctive features, including:

  • Dedicated stroke unit with specialized programming
  • Brain injury unit with specialized equipment, dedicated therapy, and dining areas
  • Gymnasiums featuring current therapy technology and treatments
  • Specially equipped rooms for bariatric patients
  • Dedicated training apartment where patients and families can practice daily living tasks before transitioning home
  • Private, family-friendly rooms with sleeper chairs
  • Pet therapy and other recreational programs
  • Outdoor healing garden and walking trail to assist in rehabilitation

“We have a unique opportunity to partner with Saint Luke’s Health System,” said Pat Foster, CEO of Centerre Healthcare. “We intend to share their mission for health care innovation and superior clinical outcomes by providing exceptional rehabilitation care to the Kansas City community and surrounding region.”

This new partnership will mark Centerre’s 14th inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the United States.

About Saint Luke’s Health System
Saint Luke’s Health System consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the Kansas City metropolitan area and the surrounding region. To learn more about Saint Luke’s Health System, visit aintlukeshealthsystem.org.

About Centerre Healthcare Corporation
Centerre Healthcare is a national provider of inpatient acute rehabilitation services dedicated solely to partnering with medical centers to complement their health care continuum through joint development and operation of acute rehabilitation hospitals and units. Modern Healthcare named Centerre as the fastest growing hospital company in the United States in 2012. Centerre Healthcare facilities rank among the top inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a ranking which provides a measure of the company’s quality clinical outcomes. Centerre has been named in the annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. magazine. To learn more about Centerre, visit centerrehc.com.

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