Kindred Healthcare, Dignity Health plan 2nd hospital in Phoenix area

Joint venture will build and operate 40-bed hospital in Gilbert, Ariz.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. and PHOENIX, Ariz. — Kindred Healthcare and Dignity Health announced Monday a joint venture to build and operate their second inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the Phoenix market.

Kindred and Dignity Community Care opened Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Chandler, Arizona, in 2016. To serve the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in Phoenix, Kindred and Dignity determined that developing a second hospital would address increasing demand for these services.

This new 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be located in Gilbert, Arizona, in Maricopa County’s growing East Valley. The 50,000-s.f., two-story rehabilitation facility will have all private rooms and focus on acute rehabilitation for patients who suffer from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, complex neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions, multiple trauma, amputation and other injuries or disorders. Large multidisciplinary therapy gymnasiums will be outfitted with the latest therapeutic technologies, including augmented reality balance training, therapy bionics and a full body exoskeleton.

The hospital will also include a therapeutic courtyard with exterior amenities, such as a golf chipping range, pickle ball and cornhole.

“We are excited to grow our relationship with Dignity Health – one of the nation’s leading health care providers – to offer the Phoenix community increased access to high-quality inpatient rehabilitation services,” said Russ Bailey, COO of Kindred Rehabilitation Hospitals. “As with Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, this new hospital will be dedicated to passionately advocating for and providing hope, healing and recovery to patients in its care.”

“Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has provided high-quality and compassionate rehabilitative care, exceeding the national benchmark for patients discharged to their home or community,” said Sharon Smeltzer, division vice president with Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services. “The community’s response has demonstrated the need for additional rehabilitation services in the Phoenix area, and we are eager to meet that need.”

“We are delighted to partner with Kindred to provide services that help patients function as independently as possible while safely returning to the activities they love,” said Linda Hunt, Dignity Health Arizona division president. “Dignity Health continues to address the growing health care needs of our East Valley and the Gilbert community.” 

Kindred expects the hospital to open by the fourth quarter of calendar year 2021, subject to several regulatory and other approvals.