Tampa General Hospital and Kindred Healthcare have started construction on a new $35m inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the medical district of downtown Tampa, Florida, US.

Located on Kennedy Boulevard between Oregon Avenue and Willow Avenue, the new freestanding 59-bed hospital is being built to meet the increasing demand of Tampa Bay, the region and the state for rehabilitation recovery and care.

The construction of the rehabilitation facility will bring downtown Tampa a step further in the development of a fully realised medical district.

The day-to-day operations of the new hospital, which is expected to cover nearly 80,000ft2 of area, will be managed by Kindred Healthcare.

Meanwhile, Tampa General Hospital will be responsible for providing medical support services including imaging, lab and surgical procedures at the facility.

Slated to be officially opened in February next year, the new rehab facility will treat adults who are recovering from stroke, neurological disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord and other debilitating illnesses or injuries.

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Tampa General Hospital president and CEO John Couris said: “Rehabilitation care plays an important role in the recovery of patients who have experienced debilitating illnesses and injuries.

“As part of our vision to be the safest and most innovative academic health system in America, we’re proud to partner with Kindred to employ the latest innovation and technology to enhance access to these crucial services.”

The new hospital will provide advanced technology and feature all private rooms along with a secured brain injury unit with private dining and a therapy gym.