State approves new rehab hospital for Springfield

Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

After a hearing Monday, Jan. 7, the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee has given Mercy the green light to build a new rehabilitation hospital at Hwy. 65 and Evans Road in Springfield. It will be located just north of Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Springfield.

Currently, rehabilitation services are offered at Mercy Hospital Springfield. As a Level I trauma center for Arkansas and Missouri, as well as the region’s only burn unit, the need for rehabilitation has outgrown the 35 beds available in the current space.

“We currently operate with a waiting list because we are unable to safely and appropriately meet the needs of more patients and their families,” said Dr. Hollis Bell, medical director for rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital Springfield. “Additionally, we are the only inpatient rehabilitation facility in the Ozarks that provides care for patients as young as 13. Many patients in this age category have to go three hours away for their care.”

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield is a partnership between Mercy and Centerre Healthcare Corporation, a national leader in the development and operation of rehabilitation hospitals. Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield will have 60 beds and provide inpatient rehabilitation for patients who are recovering from strokes, brain or spinal cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic injuries and other conditions.

“Every design component of this hospital focuses on what patients need,” said Jon Swope, president and CEO of Mercy Springfield Communities. “Our goal is to provide them with real-life situations so they can be ready to tackle those obstacles once they leave our care.”

Centerre is dedicated to returning patients home at the highest level of independence.

“We are excited to partner with Mercy to enhance the inpatient rehabilitation services offered to the Springfield communities with this new hospital. We currently have partnerships with Mercy in St. Louis and Oklahoma City, “said Patrick Foster, CEO of Centerre Healthcare.

With that in mind, Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield will include some unique features:

• Apartment where patients and families can practice daily living tasks

• Outdoor walking trail with a variety of surfaces—grass, gravel and pavement

• Gymnasiums featuring high-tech therapy devices and treatments

• Specially-equipped rooms for burn patients

• Brain injury unit with monitored rooms, specialized beds, patient lifts and dedicated therapy space and dining area

• Dedicated stroke unit with specialized equipment

• Specially-equipped rooms for bariatric patients

• Private, family-friendly rooms with sleeper chairs

• Pet therapy and recreation programs

The $28 million, 63,000 square foot hospital project is planned to break ground in March.

Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View and Berryville, AR.; Mercy Clinic, a 500-plus physician clinic with 70 locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, which is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

Centerre Healthcare Corporation is a national provider of inpatient acute rehabilitation services, dedicated solely to partnering with medical centers to complement their healthcare continuum through joint development and operation of acute rehabilitation hospitals and units. Modern Healthcare named Centerre as the fastest growing hospital company in the United States in 2012. Centerre Healthcare facilities rank among the top inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR); a ranking which provides a measure of the company’s quality clinical outcomes. Centerre has been named in the annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. magazine. For more about Centerre, visit www.centerrehc.com.