Kindred Healthcare, Tennova Healthcare, and the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) have secured approval from the Health Services and Development Agency of the State of Tennessee, US, for a 57-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Knoxville.

According to Tennova, the Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital project will see relocation of 57 licensed inpatient rehabilitation beds from other Tennova hospitals.

Subject to necessary regulatory approvals, the hospital is expected to open in 2021.

Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to provide care for patients suffering from a traumatic medical situation, such as stroke, serious spinal cord injury, neurologic illness, and orthopaedic conditions with complex impairments. It will offer services for eleven counties across the region.

Although majority of patients admitted at the hospital are expected to be seniors, Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital will treat patients of younger age recovering from traumatic conditions.

Kindred Healthcare president Jason Zachariah said: “Kindred’s experience operating inpatient rehabilitation hospitals will complement the highly regarded patient care services that Tennova and UTMC currently provide, resulting in a collaboration that will improve health outcomes, inpatient rehabilitation access and clinical integration.

The new 68,000ft2 hospital will be a two-storeyed facility.

The main therapy suite, featuring a therapy gym, multiple therapy protocols, private therapy rooms, a cooking therapy room, and an Activities of Daily Living therapy suite will be located on the first floor.

The hospital will have designated wings on the second floor for patients admitted with heart stroke and traumatic brain injuries.

UTMC president and chief executive officer Joe Landsman said: “We’re very excited to be working together with other reputable healthcare partners in our region—and at the national level—to do what’s best for our community’s healthcare needs.”

Tennova Healthcare chief executive officer of East Tennessee market Tony Benton said: “This project will promote easy access, cost-effectiveness, and specialized treatment for appropriate patients as well as the reduction of unnecessary duplication of healthcare services.”