Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on Friday revealed plans for a three-story adult inpatient rehabilitation hospital slated to open in 2025 on Taylor Avenue on the Near East Side.

Specializing in the treatment and research of stroke, brain and spinal cord injury patients, the facility will be located adjacent to the medical center’s Outpatient Care East near Ohio State East Hospital.

Construction and operation of the 86,000 square foot hospital is a partnership between Wexner Medical Center and Kindred Rehabilitation Services (KRS), which is based in Louisville, Ky., and operates more than 30 patient rehabilitation facilities hospitalized in 18 states. KRS, which specializes in rehabilitation management and services, is a business unit of LifePoint Health based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Wexner Medical Center executives who spoke to reporters at a virtual press conference on Friday did not provide an estimate of the total cost of the project, which they said will be undetermined for several months as planning unfolds. continues. The cost, however, will be shared between the medical center and KRS, officials said.

“We will work closely with them over the next six to 12 months to determine the final schedule,” said Dr. Andrew Thomas, clinical director of Wexner Medical Center, who declined to provide even a general estimate when asked by an expedition reporter.

Thomas said Wexner Medical Center executives are still months away from setting an exact date when construction crews will begin the project, but he estimated it would be within a year.

The future of Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital is undecided

Wexner Medical Center executives predict the new 80-bed hospital, which will replace the 60-bed Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, will enable the University Health System to increase access to inpatient rehabilitation services by 30 percent In the region.

It has not been decided what will become of Dodd Hospital, which is attached to the Davis Medical Research Center at 480 Medical Center Drive, but Wexner executives also say the new hospital will be located closer to major thoroughfares. Transportation – providing easier access for patients from across the region to receive care.

“We know that if we increase our capacity, we will have more patients than we can serve at the new facility,” said Amanda Lucas, executive director of clinical operations at the Ohio State Neurological Institute and executive director of Ohio State. HardingHospital.

The planned rehabilitation hospital is separate from the $1.8 billion 26-story tower that is already under construction in the state of Ohio and is the largest construction project in the history of the university. This 1.9 million square foot hospital facility next to the James will have room for 820 beds in private rooms when it opens in early 2026.

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When the rehabilitation hospital opens, officials plan to add about 75 new jobs in clinical and support roles. Many of those positions will likely be filled by staff working at Dodd, Lucas said, while others will be filled by new hires.

Under the direction of a medical director, Wexner Medical Center will provide oversight of health care in the new hospital, which Ohio State and KRS will co-own and operate. Although KRS management will oversee day-to-day operations, faculty and staff working at the new hospital will remain Ohio State employees.

KRS and Ohio State will have shared responsibility for the hospital’s joint oversight committee.

Thomas said medical center leaders had no reservations about partnering with a for-profit organization, citing what he said was KRS’ long track record of working with respected institutions, including d other academic institutions.

“It’s a very well-respected company,” Thomas said. “We are confident that they will be an exceptional partner for us.”

What will Wexner Medical Center offer patients?

Among the hospital’s offerings are plans for 80 private patient beds, an acquired brain injury unit, multidisciplinary therapy gymnasiums, an outdoor therapy courtyard and other amenities to help patients recover. Officials anticipate that the facility will strengthen Ohio State’s research capacity to advance rehabilitation technologies and treatments, providing residents and medical students with educational resources in specialties supporting the rehabilitation of hospitalized patients.

“Our faculty and staff are truly brilliant, compassionate, and they truly provide world-class care,” said Dr. Carol Bradford, Dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Vice President of Health Sciences at the center. medical. “They are all looking forward to having a wonderful new facility to continue providing amazing care.”

The venture marks KRS’ first venture into Greater Columbus.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center to build and operate this new specialty hospital in Columbus,” Russ Bailey, president of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, said in a written statement. “Both Ohio State and Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital have an excellent reputation for providing high quality, compassionate care to those they serve. As the need for inpatient rehabilitation care continues to grow in the community, we look forward to working together to expand access to these essential services and advance our mission of building healthier communities. »

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