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Monday, April 15, 2019 - Ground has been broken for NEW Rehab Hospital

Mercy Iowa City, Kindred Healthcare broke ground on Iowa’s second freestanding rehabilitation hospital

Mercy Iowa City, an affiliate of MercyOne, is partnering with Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare to build and operate the second freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the state of Iowa. Mercy Iowa City Rehabilitation Hospital, located at 2801 Heartland Drive in Coralville, is expected to open by the second quarter of 2020 and will provide care for patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and other conditions.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony at the construction took place on Thursday, April 18, at 9 a.m.

“We are excited to work with Kindred Healthcare on this joint venture to enhance the rehabilitation services offered to patients in the community,” said Sean Williams, President and CEO of Mercy Iowa City. “The facility will serve the growing population of patients in need of comprehensive rehabilitation care by giving them access to state-of-the-art technology and treatment options to advance the recovery process.”

The 54,000-square-foot facility will feature 40 patient beds, along with gymnasiums outfitted for high-tech therapy devices and treatments, a dedicated traumatic brain injury unit complete with monitored rooms, specialized beds and patient lifting equipment, and separate therapy and dining spaces. The hospital will also have a unit exclusively for stroke patients, rooms specially equipped for bariatric patients, and private, family-friendly rooms with sleeper chairs. Patients will have access to an apartment setting where they can practice daily living tasks before they return home, and pet therapy and community re-entry programs will help ease the transition back to home.

“Mercy Iowa City Rehabilitation Hospital is designed to help patients recover from their illnesses or injuries and restore function, so they can get back to their lives,” said Russ Bailey, chief operating officer of Kindred Rehabilitation Hospitals. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to work with such a strong partner to bring this level of service to residents of the region.”

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About Mercy Iowa City
Mercy Iowa City is an acute care hospital and regional referral center that draws patients from throughout southeast Iowa. For the past three years Mercy Iowa City has been awarded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) 5 Star Rating as a Top 2% of all hospitals, the only hospital in Iowa to do so; is Johnson County’s only accredited Chest Pain Center with an American Hospital Association Gold Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care; received the Top 100 Community Hospitals Award in 2018 from Becker’s Review; the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Mercy’s Emergency Care Unit by achieving 95 percent for patient experience for eleven consecutive years; an “A” grade for patient safety from Leapfrog; and the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics for Mercy’s Wound and Vein Center. Mercy has 234 acute care beds, 25 private rooms for outpatient surgery, 26 bed nursery with a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 28 primary and specialty care clinics, a medical staff of 250 physicians representing all major medical specialties and most sub-specialties and 1,400 employees. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1873 and became an affiliate of MercyOne in 2017. To learn more visit www.mercyiowacity.org

About Kindred Healthcare
Kindred Healthcare is one of the largest diversified providers of post-acute care services in the United States. Kindred's mission is to help our patients reach their highest potential for health and healing with intensive medical and rehabilitative care through a compassionate patient experience. Kindred Rehabilitation Services is the largest provider of rehabilitation services in the country.