In-patient rehabilitation hospitals could help lower long-term treatment expenses

    The 40-bed, $7.5 million project would provide around the clock treatment and rehab services once opened in Coralville.

    In-patient rehabilitation hospitals coming to the Corridor could make great treatment less costly.

    Coralville will be seeing two rehabilitation hospitals within the next few years, a facility owned by Encompass Health and another building owned by a partnership between Mercy Iowa City and Kindred Healthcare.

    Mercy Iowa City's hospital will be a 40-bed, $7.5 million invested adjacent to their Coral West location. Once complete the hospital will staff 120 people, most of who will be physicians. Rehabilitation services will include helping patients re-learn to walk, talk, write, and use other motor functions that may be affected after suffering from a traumatic injury. The team at the hospital will focus mostly on stroke patients and anyone suffering from a brain injury.

    "It will have a dedicated stroke unit within the hospital to be able to provide that rehabilitation. They’ll receive at least three hours of rehabilitation every single day. They’ll be seen by a physician every day," said Casey Greene, the COO of Mercy Iowa City.

    Mercy Iowa City says this hospital and rehabilitation hospitals like will give patients the opportunity to transition from short-term rehab to more long-term services. At Mercy Iowa City and Kindred Healthcare's hospital, the daily route will see patients staying on average 28 days, instead of having to continuously seek treatment after acute stays, which usually calls for expensive long-term costs.

    "It gets them out of the hospital sooner. It allows and sets them up for success when they do go home because they’re getting that intense therapy in an organization that’s designed to do it," said Sean Williams, the president and CEO of Mercy Iowa City.

    Greene and Williams say they hope to start construction this April, with the building to be complete and staffed by spring of 2020.

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