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August 22, 2022

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and KRS to develop rehabilitation hospital

The new facility will replace the 60-bed Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is set to partner with Kindred Rehabilitation Services (KRS) to construct and run a new 86,000ft2 adult inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Columbus, US.

Ohio State and KRS will co-own and run the new 80-bed hospital.

The facility, which will be situated on Taylor Ave next to the medical center’s Outpatient Care East and nearby Ohio State East Hospital, will specialise in providing treatment for patients with stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries.

Replacing the 60-bed Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, it will allow the academic health system to increase inpatient rehabilitation services access in the area by 30%.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center chief operating officer Jay Anderson said: “For more than 60 years, the faculty and staff at Dodd have delivered excellence to our patients, visitors and communities. We’re excited to build upon this legacy and partner with KRS on our shared vision to provide patients and their families with state-of-the-art acute rehabilitative care.

“We chose to build this new hospital in Columbus in an area with easy access to the major transportation arteries. This will ensure patients from throughout central Ohio have convenient access to comprehensive, specialised rehabilitation medical services.”

KRS management will look after everyday operations of the medical centre.

The partners will have accountability to the joint oversight committee of the hospital.

At the new hospital, all faculty and staff will remain Ohio State employees.

Both expect increasing about 75 new jobs in clinical and support roles.

To let patients and their families emphasize on recovery, the new hospital will provide a procured brain injury unit, multidisciplinary therapy gyms, an outdoor therapy courtyard and more facilities.

The three-storey facility is slated for opening in 2025.

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