Kindred Healthcare, Inc. and Atlantic Health System today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to create a joint venture to construct and operate a 38-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in northern New Jersey.
The new facility will offer all private rooms, supporting both enhanced clinical efficiency and elevated patient experience with targeted clinical programs including neurological, spine, trauma and complex conditions. The growth in trauma cases and the increased level of acuity of patients served by Atlantic Health System has resulted in more patients requiring inpatient rehabilitation services in order to improve their functional status prior to returning home. The combination of Kindred’s expertise and a modern, state-of-the-art facility will allow Atlantic Health System to maximize its ability to serve a growing population of patients with critical needs. Subject to several regulatory and other approvals, Kindred and Atlantic Health System expect the rehabilitation facility to open by the fourth quarter of 2018. The new hospital will enhance Kindred’s existing services in New Jersey, which include three long-term acute care (“LTAC”) hospitals and hospice services.
“We are confident that our partnership with Atlantic Health System, New Jersey’s premier health system, will address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in the New Jersey and New York area as we build and operate a new facility together,” said Jason Zachariah, President of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, a division of Kindred. “This quality-focused collaboration with a leading healthcare system will deliver the kind of excellent care that improves patients’ lives and enables our inpatient rehabilitation business to continuously outperform peers in key clinical measures.”
“By joining together with Kindred, which has a proven record of industry-leading clinical outcomes, we are expanding a service that our community needs and deserves,” said Brian Gragnolati, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Health System. “A dedicated inpatient rehabilitation hospital designed to promote healing will bring a higher level of care to improve the lives of our patients and their families.”