Encompass Health and NCH Healthcare System have announced their intent to enter into a joint venture to operate a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Naples, Florida, US.

NCH Healthcare System’s board of directors recently gave its approval to investment in this collaboration with Encompass Health.

Currently, the hospital is being constructed at 14305 Collier Boulevard.

It is slated open in August 2022.

Following the opening of the hospital, NCH Healthcare System plans to relocate its current 54-bed rehabilitation unit, The NCH Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Rehabilitation, to the new hospital.

The collaboration between the two entities is expected to enhance inpatient rehabilitation services in Naples. 

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Complementing acute care services, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals cater to patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries including strokes and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and complex orthopaedic conditions.

Encompass Health’s Southeast Region president Lori Bedard said: “This joint venture combines the expertise and resources of Encompass Health, the nation’s largest provider of inpatient rehabilitation services, with the trusted healthcare provider NCH Healthcare System, a multi-facility healthcare system with an excellent reputation for providing high quality care throughout Collier County and southwest Florida for over 60 years.

“We are excited to partner with NCH Healthcare System and look forward to providing patients with customised rehabilitation services that improves their quality of life.”

NCH president and CEO Paul Hiltz said: “NCH is proud to be able to collaborate with Encompass Health to expand the scope of inpatient rehabilitation services we can offer to our community. 

“Our focus at NCH has always been on enhancing quality for an exceptional patient experience.”