US-based HealthSouth has entered an agreement with Mount Carmel Health System to build a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Westerville, Ohio.

The new 60-bed facility, which is a joint venture project of both healthcare providers, will offer specialised rehabilitative care to patients with stroke, trauma, brain and orthopaedic injuries or other major illnesses or injuries.

HealthSouth central region president Barbara Jacobsmeyer said: "We look forward to working collaboratively with Mount Carmel in developing the new inpatient rehabilitation hospital to serve the needs of the residents of central Ohio."

"The new 60-bed facility, which is a joint venture project of both healthcare providers, will offer specialised rehabilitative care to patients with stroke, trauma, brain and orthopaedic injuries or other major illnesses or injuries."

The new facility will feature 60,000ft² of space, 60 all-private rooms, on-site therapy gym, a walking path and cutting-edge rehabilitation technologies.

Construction on the facility will start in the fourth quarter of 2015 and is expected to complete by the first quarter of 2017. Approximately 100 new and full-time jobs are expected to be created.

Mount Carmel will shift its existing 24-bed unit at Mount Carmel West to the new facility when it becomes operational in 2017.

Mount Carmel Health System president Claus von Zychlin said: "Through our partnership with HealthSouth, we will enhance and expand rehabilitation services to better meet the needs of the residents of central Ohio."

Mount Carmel’s 8,000 employees, 1,500 physicians and 1,000 volunteers provide healthcare services at four central Ohio hospitals, including Mount Carmel East, Mount Carmel West, Mount Carmel St Ann’s, Mount Carmel New Albany and Mount Carmel Grove City.

HealthSouth provides post-acute services, including facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 33 states and Puerto Rico.