An administrative law judge recommended that HealthSouth Corp. be allowed to build an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Shelby County, Ala., winning out over a competing project from Shelby Ridge Acquisition Corp., according to a copy of the order provided by HealthSouth (PDF).
Judge sides with HealthSouth on rehab-hospital plan
HealthSouth had applied for permission to add 17 beds to 17 existing beds it had acquired from another hospital, building a 34-bed hospital, according to a spokeswoman. The company next has to present its case before the state's certificate-of-need board, the State Health Planning and Development Agency, according to HealthSouth.
“HealthSouth is happy to be one step closer to bringing inpatient rehabilitative services in a hospital setting to Shelby County, Alabama's fastest growing county and the surrounding area,” according to a statement from the for-profit provider (PDF).
The Shelby Ridge proposal included a provision for the hospital to be run by the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, a subsidiary of Select Medical Corp., according to the order, which was written by Administrative Law Judge James Ward.
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