October 18, 2016
Dignity Health today underscored its commitment to expanding patient services in the Valley with the opening of the new Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. The Chandler facility is a joint venture between Dignity Health and Kindred Healthcare.
The two-story, 58,000-square-foot facility includes a stroke unit, physical therapy gym and 50 beds to serve patients recovering from significant neurological injury, illness and trauma and similar medical conditions. Located at 1515 W. Chandler Blvd., it is expected to employ approximately 190 staff members.
“We are committed to delivering excellent care to patients when they need it and where they need it,” said Tim Bricker, the CEO of Dignity Health’s two other East Valley hospitals, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “This new hospital and our partnership with Kindred allow us to offer expanded rehabilitation services in a convenient location to residents of the East Valley.”
Jason Zachariah, President of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, said the partnership between Kindred and Dignity Health brings together two outstanding organizations that have had a long, well-respected presence in the Valley.
“We are pleased to work with Dignity Health to expand our healthcare offerings in the Greater Phoenix area for patients impacted by significant injury, illness and trauma,” Zachariah said. “This new hospital will provide comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services that help patients recover and return home, complementing Dignity Health’s highly regarded acute care services and Kindred’s quality post-acute care.”
“Two leading healthcare organizations identified a need in this region and the result is a great pairing of providers and this state-of-the-art hospital,” added Nina Beck, Chief Executive Officer of Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. “We look forward to working together to provide hope, healing and recovery to area patients and families.”
The new facility is the first Dignity Health free-standing rehabilitation hospital in Arizona and the latest in a series of major partnerships for the organization. Dignity Health began primarily with acute care hospitals including Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. From this foundation, Dignity Health has expanded rapidly in recent years into a comprehensive health care system, which includes Arizona General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center, imaging centers, clinics, specialty hospitals, physician groups, urgent cares, insurance providers and other clinical partnerships.
In the Phoenix area, Kindred operates a 120-bed transitional care center (licensed for skilled nursing care) and provides home health and personal care services. Kindred Rehabilitation Services operates 20 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals (a)lso known as IRFs and 105 hospital--based acute rehabilitation units (c)ertified as IRFs, and provides rehabilitation services primarily in hospitals and long-term care settings in 46 states.