Kindred Healthcare and Mercy are set to open the new 50-bed Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Fort Smith, which will accept patients from next month.

A joint venture between Kindred and Mercy Fort Smith, the new 62,570ft2 rehabilitation hospital will cater to adults recovering from stroke, neurological disease and brain or spinal injury, among other debilitating conditions.

It will have all private rooms, a brain injury unit, transitional living apartment, therapeutic courtyard, separate rooms for dialysis patients, as well as programmes specific for neuro, stroke, brain injury and amputation.

In addition, the facility will be a teaching site for the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE)’s School of Occupational Therapy and School of Physical Therapy.

ACHE donated the four acres of land occupied by the new hospital.

Kindred Rehabilitation president Russ Bailey said: “As with Kindred’s other quality-focused partnerships with Mercy, this new hospital will be dedicated to passionately advocating for, and providing hope, healing and recovery to, patients in its care.

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“Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Fort Smith will provide increased access to rehabilitation services to the surrounding community of Fort Smith and help address the growing need for these services throughout the state of Arkansas.”

The new hospital, with a hard construction cost of nearly $28.5m, will employ approximately 140 people. It is the fifth joint venture between Mercy and Kindred, which will run daily operations of the facility.

Kindred Healthcare operates long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, acute rehabilitation units and behavioural health facilities.

Last month, Kindred Healthcare and Palomar Health joint venture named Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute opened in the north San Diego County’s Escondido city in California, US.

The institute is expected to serve more than 1,200 patients annually.

Meanwhile, Humana signed an agreement to acquire the remaining 60% interest in home health and hospice provider Kindred at Home (KAH) in a deal valued at $5.7bn.