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Mercy Medical Center, Kindred Healthcare to Hold Ribbon-cutting on Iowa's First Freestanding Rehabilitation Hospital

June 4, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa — On Thursday, June 7, at 10 a.m., Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines will hold a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony to signify the opening of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, Iowa’s first and only freestanding rehabilitation hospital.

As a joint venture between Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines and Kindred Healthcare, Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital will provide care for patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and other conditions.

“Mercy is excited about the opening of the Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, the first of its kind in the state of Iowa” said Mike Wegner, senior vice president of operations and chief financial officer of Mercy Health Network. “Through this new facility and our partnership with Kindred Healthcare, our patients in need of advanced rehabilitation services will have the opportunity to receive care locally, where their family members and caregivers can be a part of the recovery process.”

The two-story, 58,000-square-foot facility will feature 50 patient beds, along with gymnasiums outfitted for high-tech therapy devices and treatments; a dedicated brain injury unit complete with monitored rooms, specialized beds and patient lifting equipment; and separate therapy and dining spaces. The hospital will also have a unit exclusively for stroke patients, rooms specially equipped for bariatric patients, and private, family-friendly rooms with sleeper chairs. Patients will have access to an apartment setting where they can practice daily living tasks before they return home and to community re-entry programs to help ease the transition back to home.

“Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital strives to improve patients’ quality of life by helping them recover and restore function from their illnesses or injuries,” said Russ Bailey, chief operating officer of Kindred Rehabilitation Hospitals. “We’re thrilled to have this state-of-the-art facility with Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines, to bring this level of service to the residents in the region who need specialized rehabilitation care.”

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital is located at 1401 Campus Dr. in Clive.

About Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines

Mercy operates four not-for-profit, Catholic hospital campuses, with a total of 875 beds, along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state – with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates.  Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines is a member of Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 99 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services.

About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-105 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky, with annual revenues of approximately $6.0 billion. At December 31, 2017, Kindred’s continuing operations, through its subsidiaries, had approximately 85,300 employees providing healthcare services in 2,471 locations in 45 states, including 75 long-term acute care hospitals, 19 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 13 sub-acute units, 608 Kindred at Home home health, hospice and non-medical home care sites of service, 99 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and contract rehabilitation service businesses which served 1,657 non-affiliated sites of service.Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for nine years, Kindred’s mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve. For more information, go to www.kindred.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.