Kindred Healthcare expands rehab services in long-term acute care hospitals

Kindred Healthcare will add acute inpatient rehabilitation units to three of its long-term acute care hospitals to help patients recover quicker, the provider said Wednesday.

The units, with a total of 33 beds, are expected to start serving patients in September 2021 and will be located at Kindred Hospital Denver, Kindred Hospital Melbourne, and Kindred Hospital Philadelphia – Havertown. They will provide intensive, interdisciplinary clinical and rehabilitation services.

Patients in physical rehab will receive 24/7 nursing care and at least three hours of therapy a day for five days a week from physicians trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Kindred Rehabilitation will provide management and staffing for the units, which will serve both patients in Kindred’s long-term acute care hospitals and patients from other local healthcare providers.

These acute inpatient rehabilitation units will add to the five Kindred Healthcare opened previously in August 2020.

“Kindred’s hospital division and Kindred Rehabilitation are working collaboratively to meet a growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in our communities,” said Russ Bailey, President of Kindred Rehabilitation, in a statement. “These [acute inpatient rehabilitation units] enable us to provide greater access and enhanced capabilities, expertise, and clinical integration to patients requiring these rehabilitation services.”

The rehabilitation business treats more than 118,000 patients annually and is the largest contract manager of hospital-based acute rehabilitation programs in the U.S. Around 100 hospitals in 30 states partner with Kindred Rehabilitation to manage acute inpatient rehabilitation units within their facilities.

Inpatient rehabilitation can be used to help patients recover from a variety of conditions including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, neurological conditions, amputation and trauma, according to Kindred.

“The [acute inpatient rehabilitation units] complement the care provided in our LTACHs and enable Kindred to offer a continuum of care for patients who require high-intensity rehabilitation services to continue their recovery so they can be discharged and return to their homes,” said Mike Warrington, President of Kindred’s hospital division, in a statement.


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