Encompass Health has announced plans to develop Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Wildwood in The Villages, Florida, US.

The freestanding, 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be situated south of the Meggison Avenue and Warm Springs intersection.

The hospital in the future will cater to patients improving from illnesses and injuries, including strokes and other neurological disorders.

Additionally, it will serve patients recovering from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and complex orthopaedic conditions, apart from local acute care services.

Along with 24‑hour nursing care, the rehabilitation hospital will provide physical, occupational and speech therapies to reinstate functional ability and quality of life.

Specialised nurses, therapists, and physicians will be taking care of the patients.

The hospital will have a therapy gym with modern rehabilitation technologies, all private patient rooms, and activities of daily living suite, cafeteria, pharmacy, dining room, and therapy courtyard. 

Encompass Health Southeast region president Lori Bedard said: “We are excited to expand and grow our presence in central Florida, as we identified this as an underserved area for inpatient rehabilitation services.

“We hope to bring significant value to this community by developing a new hospital focused on high-quality clinical outcomes and cost-effective, individualised care, which allows patients to receive rehabilitation closer to home.”

At present, Encompass Health owns 19 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Florida and has plans to launch an additional five hospitals in the next three years in the state.

They include Clermont, Kissimmee, Ft. Myers, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens.

Last month, Encompass Health announced plans to construct a new 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Norristown, Pennsylvania, US.