Rehabilitation services provider HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala., said it has been awarded a certificate of need for HealthSouth and Wellmont Health System to open a new, 25-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Bristol, Va.
Known as the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southwest Virginia, the new hospital will be owned jointly by the two companies and managed by HealthSouth. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2010 to renovate 20,000 square feet of a building on North Street, and the hospital—which will share a campus with Wellmont's Ridgeview Pavilion—will eventually include 17 private rooms, four semiprivate rooms and a therapy gym.
In a news release about the project, HealthSouth and Wellmont said the rehabilitation hospital will especially benefit patients from 318-bed Bristol Regional Medical Center's primary stroke center. “Bristol Regional serves as the hub of the Appalachian Regional Stroke Center Network, provided advanced stroke care for patients referred from community hospitals across Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee,” HealthSouth said in the release. “The Rehabilitation Hospital of Southwest Virginia will maintain a close clinical affiliation with Bristol Regional Medical Center.”