Kindred Healthcare, and Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City (Mercy) have acquired Everest Rehabilitation Hospital of Oklahoma City.

Through the existing joint venture, Kindred and Mercy will operate the acquired hospital, which has now been renamed Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City South.

Located in the southern part of Oklahoma City at 7900 Mid America Blvd, Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City South is a 36-bed rehabilitation hospital.

The two entities also operate Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City, which opened in October 2012 and located in the northern part of the city.

Currently with 50 beds, Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City is adding a 10,000ft2 patient wing to boost its capacity by 32% with 16 more beds and two extra patient care areas.

Offering specialised clinical programmes, the two Oklahoma City hospitals are intended for patients recovering from strokes and other long-term illnesses or injuries.

Kindred Rehabilitation Services president Russ Bailey said: “We are excited to build on our relationship with Mercy and increase access to rehabilitation services in Oklahoma City.

“Our new hospital will provide the same high-quality, compassionate care and patient advocacy for which Kindred and Mercy are well known.”

Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City vice president of operations and post-acute services Zack Dawson said: “We know our patients need access to more rehab services to aid in their recovery and it’s important to us to be able to offer a complete continuum of care at Mercy. We’re excited those services will soon be available for even more patients in a convenient location.”

Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals CEO Jay Quintana said: “Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals is honored to have been an instrumental part of developing and operating a rehabilitation hospital for Oklahomans for decades to come. We are so excited for Kindred’s and Mercy’s addition to their successful joint venture.”