Dignity Health, Kindred Healthcare break ground on freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Gilbert

Groundbreaking ceremony
Company and town officials break ground Oct. 13 on the Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital-Gilbert. (Courtesy Dignity Health)

Company and town officials break ground Oct. 13 on the Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital-Gilbert. (Courtesy Dignity Health)

Two health care companies are partnering to bring a freestanding rehabilitation hospital to Gilbert, the second one in the East Valley.

Dignity Health and Kindred Healthcare broke ground Oct. 13 on Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital-Gilbert, which the partners hope will open in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The 50,000-square-foot inpatient facility will be located at 1850 S. Santan Village Parkway, Gilbert, about 3 miles northwest of Dignity’s Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and the coming Women and Children’s Pavilion, for which Dignity and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have partnered.

Kindred Healthcare operates the other East Valley freestanding rehabilitation hospital, Dignity Health East Valley Rehabilitation-Chandler, and manages two behavioral health hospitals in the state.

All rooms in the two-story, 40-bed facility will be private and focus on acute rehabilitation for patients who suffer from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, complex neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions, multiple trauma, amputation, and other injuries or disorders.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Kindred Healthcare to expand and provide inpatient rehabilitation services to our East Valley residents,” said Mark Slyter, president and CEO of Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, in a statement. “This new rehabilitation hospital will help continue our efforts to meet the growing demand in the community for these types of medical services.”

The timing of the opening is subject to regulatory and other approvals, company officials said.

“We are thrilled to break ground today on a project that strengthens our partnership with Dignity Health and extends our ability to deliver compassionate care and outstanding patient outcomes to those in the community seeking hope, healing and recovery. This new hospital will allow us to continue helping East Valley residents regain their abilities and independence, and ultimately, return home,” Kindred Rehabilitation Services President Russ Bailey said in a statement.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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