LOUISVILLE, Ky. & TACOMA, Wash. — Kindred Healthcare has signed a deal with CHI Franciscan Health to construct and operate a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Tacoma, Wash., which is part of Kindred’s Seattle integrated care market. The joint venture project recently received Certificate of Need approval from the Washington State Department of Health.
Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the new hospital. Subject to several regulatory and other approvals, Kindred expects the hospital to open by the first quarter of 2018. The new hospital will care for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord and other long-term illnesses or injuries.
In its Seattle integrated care market, Kindred operates two transitional care hospitals, two nursing centers, two co-located hospital-based sub-acute units, and provides home health and hospice services. CHI Franciscan is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States with operations in 19 states. CHI Franciscan provides health services in the Pacific Northwest.
“We look forward to a strong partnership with CHI Franciscan as we develop a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital that complements CHI Franciscan’s acute care settings and highly regarded reputation for helping patients recover and return home,” said Benjamin A. Breier, Kindred’s President/CEO. “Kindred is proud of partnerships, such as this, with some of the nation’s leading health systems because they recognize how our post-acute expertise and patient-centered care model help drive efficiencies and clinical integration. These collaborative efforts deliver the best in patient care and have helped our inpatient rehabilitation business outperform peers in key clinical measures.”
“Care for patients needing long-term rehabilitation care has hit a tipping point in Pierce County,” said Ketul Patel, CHI Franciscan’s CEO. “Our partnership with Kindred is a giant step toward meeting that critical need. This partnership is important in terms of partnering with a leading provider of post-acute care services to join with our full continuum of healthcare services, to provide our communities with the right care where and when they need it.”
Kindred, a top-90 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville with annual revenues of approximately $7.2 billion. At March 31, 2016, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 102,000 employees in 2,700 locations in 46 states, including 95 transitional care hospitals, 19 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 92 nursing centers, 20 sub-acute units, 618 Kindred at Home home health, hospice and non-medical home care sites of service, 104 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and a contract rehabilitation services business, RehabCare, which served 1,752 non-affiliated sites of service.
CHI Franciscan Health is a Tacoma-based nonprofit health system with a team of nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff at eight acute care hospitals with more than 1,100 acute care beds and more than 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. In 2015, the organization provided $141 million in community benefit, including $10 million in charity care. More information: www.chifranciscan.org.