Kindred Healthcare to Add Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Units to Its Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals

The nation’s leading specialty hospital company plans to expand its rehabilitation services.

Kindred Healthcare, LLC plans to add acute inpatient rehabilitation units (ARUs) to Kindred Hospital Denver, Kindred Hospital Melbourne (Florida), and Kindred Hospital Philadelphia – Havertown, three of the company’s long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs).

The ARUs will be able to accommodate up to 33 total patients and are expected to begin delivering care in September 2021.

The planned addition supplements five ARUs previously added within Kindred Hospital North Florida, located in Green Cove Springs; Kindred Hospital Bay Area – St. Petersburg; Kindred Hospital South Florida – Ft. Lauderdale; Kindred Hospital Houston Medical Center; and Kindred Hospital Sugar Land (Texas) 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,” Russ Bailey, President of Kindred Rehabilitation, said in a statement. “These ARUs enable us to provide greater access and enhanced capabilities, expertise, and clinical integration to patients requiring these rehabilitation services.”

The facilities will provide inpatient rehabilitation to patients recovering from conditions including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, neurological conditions, amputation, and trauma. Through the provision of intensive, interdisciplinary, clinical and rehabilitation services, the new ARUs will aid in patients’ recovery and improve their levels of function and independence so that they can be discharged and return to their homes.

“The ARUs 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,” Mike Warrington, President of Kindred’s Hospital Division, said in a statement.

Under the direction of a physiatrist, a doctor specialized in rehabilitation and physical medicine, and 24/7 nursing care, patients in the ARU will undergo a minimum of three hours of therapy each day for at least five days a week. Both patients in Kindred LTACHs and patients from other healthcare providers in their communities will be eligible to receive care from Kindred ARUs.

The new ARUs add to a growing list of those managed and staffed by Kindred Rehabilitation, as approximately 100 hospitals in 30 states partner with Kindred Rehabilitation to run ARUs within their facilities. Kindred Rehabilitation delivers care to more than 118,00 patients each year and is the largest contract manager of hospital-based acute rehabilitation programs in the nation.