Tennova Healthcare, The University of Tennessee Medical Center and Kindred Healthcare have broken ground on the new Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, US.

The inpatient hospital will be at the Tennova Health Park at 1250 Tennova Medical Way. The formal groundbreaking ceremony initially scheduled for the end of March was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Expected to open in the second quarter of next year, the 57-bed hospital will offer care to patients who are recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and other neurological conditions.

The 68,000ft2, two-storey facility will feature all private rooms and therapy gymnasiums with technology such as augmented reality balance training, therapy bionics and a full body exo-skeleton.

In addition, the Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital will house a dedicated traumatic brain injury unit with monitored rooms, specialised beds and patient lifting equipment.

It will also have a separate unit for stroke patients. An apartment setting will be available for patients to practice daily living tasks prior to returning home.

Tennova Healthcare – East Tennessee Market CEO Tony Benton said: “Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital will provide intensive, individualised treatment to those in our community who have experienced a loss of function due to an injury or illness, so they can get back to their lives.

“It will serve those in need of comprehensive rehabilitation by giving them access to expert care as well as the latest technology and treatment options to advance the recovery process.”

The new hospital is expected to serve more than 1,200 patients per year, with each patient estimated to stay for an average of around two weeks.

Kindred Rehabilitation Hospitals chief operating officer Russ Bailey said: “Knoxville Rehabilitation Hospital will be home to a team of therapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicated to providing high-quality inpatient rehabilitation services and passionate advocacy for patients that enhance the lives of individuals throughout East Tennessee.”

JE Dunn Construction is managing the project.