US-based nonprofit multispeciality academic medical centre Cleveland Clinic and Select Medical have agreed to form a joint venture (JV) to expand inpatient rehabilitation services in north-east Ohio.

The JV will focus on building a new 60-bed adult inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Avon, Ohio.

Construction of the hospital is expected to begin in 2014, with opening planned for late 2015.

The scope of the agreement also includes improving operations in existing Cleveland Clinic rehabilitation facilities as of 1 August 2014.

The agreement would enable Cleveland Clinic to enhance its post-acute care capabilities by adding to existing home care, hospice and skilled nursing facility programming.

In addition, the JV will launch a residency programme for physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation and improve patient access to the rehabilitation programmes.

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"This joint venture allows us to expand our services with a national leader in post-acute rehabilitation."

Furthermore, the two organisations will work on exploring additional opportunities to expand their services locally, nationally and globally.

Cleveland Clinic chief medical operations officer Robert Wyllie said: "This joint venture allows us to expand our services with a national leader in post-acute rehabilitation who has a proven record of partnering with academic medical centres, like Cleveland Clinic, to take care of the sickest patients."

Select Medical operates over 100 hospitals specialising in long-term acute care, 15 medical rehabilitation hospitals, and more than 1,000 outpatient clinics offering physical and occupational therapy.

The Cleveland Clinic health system operates with a network of eight community hospitals, more than 75 northern Ohio outpatient locations and 16 full-service family health centres.