US-based HealthSouth will construct a new 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Franklin, Tennessee.

According to the inpatient rehabilitative hospitals operator, the Tennessee Court of Appeals affirmed the order, approving its certificate of need for the project.

HealthSouth central region president Barbara Jacobsmeyer said: "We are pleased that the decision of the Health Services and Development Agency in Tennessee to approve our certificate of need application has been upheld.

"This new hospital emphasises our continued focus on disciplined growth and complements our existing presence in Tennessee."

"The hospital represents an investment of $23m, and will create up to 100 new jobs."

HealthSouth plans to begin the construction of the 49,000ft² facility in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Operations are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2015. The hospital represents an investment of $23m, and will create up to 100 new jobs.

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HealthSouth currently runs six inpatient rehabilitation hospitals throughout Tennessee, including Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

HealthSouth said it is in discussions with VUMC for the new hospital, which may present the opportunity to expand their partnership.

Vanderbilt Home Care Services president Laura Beth Brown said: "Vanderbilt University Medical Center has had a long-term, positive relationship of more than 20 years with HealthSouth through our partnership in Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital."

HealthSouth operates in 28 states across the country, as well as in Puerto Rico.