(FORT SMITH) Mercy and Kindred Healthcare LLC announced they have created a joint venture to construct and operate a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Fort Smith.
According to the release, Kindred will manage day-to-day operations of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital – Fort Smith. The new hospital will care for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord and other debilitating illnesses or injuries.
Groundbreaking is expected to occur in the Fall of this year, subject to regulatory and other approvals, with construction expected to take about a year.
A site has not been chosen as of yet and will be chosen soon for the facility projected to be 49,000 square feet in space and cost approximately $23 million.
Kindred and Mercy are also partners for rehab hospitals in Oklahoma City, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, meanwhile, Mercy currently operates an inpatient rehabilitation facility within Mercy Hospital – Fort Smith.