The University of Missouri and HealthSouth Corp. have jointly broken ground on a 60-bed rehabilitation hospital in Columbia, Mo. The $14.4 million hospital is a replacement for 40-bed Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, part of University of Missouri Health Sciences Center.
HealthSouth is leasing the site from the university and will design, manage and own the new facility. The university will direct patient care and oversee medical education.
The 80,000-square-foot hospital will contain inpatient and outpatient services. It's expected to be finished by spring 1997.
HealthSouth, based in Birmingham, Ala., provides outpatient surgery and rehabilitation at 850 locations in 45 states.
Separately, the University of Missouri will assume responsibility for Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mount Vernon. The 136-bed rehabilitation hospital had been operated by the state health department. The Mount Vernon facility was the last hospital operated by the health department.
The hospital serves patients who need therapy and medical treatment after illness or injury. It runs the largest brain injury rehabilitation program in the state. Its most famous patient was Nancy Cruzan, the young accident victim in a persistent vegetative state whose family received permission from the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990 to allow her to die.
Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan authorized a transfer of $14.1 million in general revenue appropriations to the state university for the next fiscal year. That includes $800,000 to establish a telemedicine link to MU's Columbia hospital, $2.5 million for maintenance of physical plant, $860,000 for employee benefits, and $9.9 million as a recurring general revenue appropriation for brain injury patients and tuberculosis treatment.