Reading Hospital in the US state of Pennsylvania has built a $70m post-acute rehabilitation centre, which will treat stroke, bariatric and trauma patients.

The 174,000ft² facility features a 61-bed rehabilitation unit, a 50-bed transitional care centre and four therapy gymnasiums, reports.

The centre also includes a brain injury unit with a therapist-to-patient ratio of 4-1, and a 1,000ft² therapy pool that provides underwater exercise equipment for rehab patients, the news agency reports.

The three-storey facility, scheduled to open on 20 October 2009, is also equipped with a telemedicine robot to connect physicians with patients from the main hospital.