Select Medical and Inova Health System have announced a joint venture to own and operate a critical illness recovery hospital in Northern Virginia. 

This 32-bed specialty hospital, claimed to be the first critical illness recovery hospital in Northern Virginia, will open in the first half of 2023.

It will be located within Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

Select Medical executive vice president of specialty hospitals Tom Mullin said: “As the patient population requiring specialty care continues to grow in Northern Virginia, we are pleased to form this joint venture with Inova to provide world-class inpatient post-acute services to the region.

 “We share in a mission with Inova to provide high quality and safe care that enables patients to heal, recover and return to their community.”

Critical illness recovery hospitals offer specialty services for chronic, critically ill patients who need extended healing and recovery, but do not require the intensive care offered in an acute care hospital.

Following the opening of the new joint venture hospital, all five Inova hospitals will have a ‘pathway to seamlessly’ transition patients to the specialty hospital, thereby improving patient outcomes in the long term and expanding Inova’s continuum of care.

Inova Health System CEO and president J. Stephen Jones said: “Our new relationship with Select Medical allows Inova to fill a market need and provide this much needed service for Northern Virginia patients and families.

“This specialised post-acute service is not currently offered in this region, requiring patients to be transferred to facilities in Charlottesville, Richmond, or out of state. I’m thrilled that Inova is continuing to find innovative ways to deliver seamless care for patients.”

Select Medical will act as the majority owner and managing partner of the new hospital.

Inova is a non-profit healthcare provider of Northern Virginia. As of 31 March 2022, Select Medical operated 105 critical illness recovery hospitals in 28 US states, 30 rehabilitation hospitals in 12 US states, and 1,901 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 38 US states and the District of Columbia.