NASHVILLE, Tenn. and LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kindred Healthcare and Ascension Saint Thomas announced Thursday that the Health Services and Development Agency of the State of Tennessee has granted Certificate of Need approval for the construction and operation of a freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Nashville, Tenn. The Saint Thomas Rehabilitation Hospital is the product of a joint venture between Ascension Saint Thomas and Kindred.
Saint Thomas Rehabilitation Hospital will serve nine counties and a population of 1.9 million—including more than 298,000 senior citizens. Upon completion and pending necessary regulatory approvals, the 40-bed, state-of-the-art facility will replace the 24-bed Acute Rehab Unit now located at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. Saint Thomas Rehabilitation Hospital will provide additional access to post-acute care by addressing Middle Tennessee’s shortage of dedicated beds for individuals who require extended neurological and cardiovascular care following serious health events.
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“Ascension Saint Thomas has always been committed to providing high-quality inpatient rehabilitation services designed to help patients with acute physical limitations progress toward independent living,” said Fahad Tahir, president and CEO, Saint Thomas Midtown and West Hospitals. “This specialized collaboration with Kindred Healthcare will improve the lives of Middle Tennesseans and enhance clinical integration across the acute care and rehabilitation treatment settings.”
“We partner with leading health systems across the country to provide intensive medical and rehabilitative care,” said Jason Zachariah, president, Kindred Rehabilitation Services, a division of Kindred Healthcare. “We are excited to address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services and to improve the lives of Tennessee citizens through this partnership with Ascension Saint Thomas.”
The service area’s senior citizen population is expected to rise by 41,000 in the next four years, making this facility even more critical to Middle Tennessee’s continued well-being and prosperity.