HealthSouth Corp. is looking to build its first rehabilitation hospital in North Carolina through a joint venture with Novant Health, a Winston-Salem-based network of physician clinics, hospitals and outpatient locations.
HealthSouth, one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute care, has filed a certificate of need along with Novant to build a 68-bed rehab hospital to replace one that Novant now operates, the companies said in a release.
The new hospital is slated to provide inpatient physical rehabilitation to patients who have experienced stroke, trauma, brain injury and orthopedic conditions among other illnesses or injuries.
The hospital is the fourth this month that Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth has announced that it will either acquire or build.
"The joint venture with Novant Health—our first hospital in the state of North Carolina—is another milestone in our strategy of expanding HealthSouth's outreach to new markets," said Ed Mowen, president of HealthSouth's mid-Atlantic region.
The other HealthSouth hospitals announced this month are:
- Plans to build a comprehensive rehab hospital in Shelby County, Ala., with 34 all-private rooms, on-site therapy gym and advanced rehab equipment.
- A certificate of need with BJC HealthCare to build a 35-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the third floor of BJC's Barnes-Jewish St. Peters (Mo.) Hospital. Pending approval from the state of Missouri, the hospital would serve as a satellite location of the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, an existing inpatient rehabilitation hospital jointly operated by BJC HealthCare and HealthSouth.
- A new joint venture with Midland (Texas) Health to own and operate HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Midland/Odessa, an existing 60-bed physical rehabilitation hospital in Midland owned by HealthSouth. The flagship of Midland Health is Midland Memorial Hospital.
"As Midland Health continues to grow into a comprehensive, well-coordinated local healthcare system, partnerships like these will be more important than ever as we strive to provide the best and most consistent care to our neighbors," Meyers said.