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Kindred Healthcare and Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines Announce Plans for Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

Joint venture will construct and operate a 50-bed hospital in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa

LOUISVILLE, Ky. & DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 2016-- Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred”) (NYSE:KND) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Mercy Medical CenterDes Moines to create a joint venture to construct and operate a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Clive, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. The project has received Certificate of Need approval from the Iowa State Health Facilities Council. This will be the first freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the state of Iowa

Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the new hospital. Subject to several regulatory and other approvals, Kindred expects the hospital to open by the second quarter of 2018. The new hospital will care for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord and other long-term illnesses or injuries. In the Des Moines area, Kindred currently provides home health and hospice services.

“We look forward to partnering with Mercy Medical Center to build and operate a facility that will address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in the Des Moines area,” said Jason Zachariah , President of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, a division of Kindred Healthcare. “Kindred is proud to create a quality-focused partnership with a leading Midwest healthcare system and excited to broaden our post-acute care offerings in the area. We expect this collaborative effort, like other Kindred partnerships across the country, to deliver the kind of excellent patient care that helps our inpatient rehabilitation business outperform peers in key clinical measures.”

“Development of this new inpatient rehabilitation hospital will serve a growing need in the community and region we serve with our network of hospitals,” said Bob Ritz , Mercy – Des Moines President. “We believe there is an increasing demand for quality inpatient rehabilitation services and, as our population continues to age, this need will only continue to grow. We are very proud to be partnering with Kindred – a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation services nationwide – to provide improved access to this level of care with superior outcomes for patients, families, physicians and caregivers.”

About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, Inc., a top-90 private employer in the United States, is a FORTUNE 500 healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $7.2 billion(1). At June 30, 2016, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 101,800 employees providing healthcare services in 2,684 locations in 46 states, including 97 transitional care hospitals, 19 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 92 nursing centers, 19 sub-acute units, 617 Kindred at Home home health, hospice and non-medical home care sites of service, 105 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and contract rehabilitation service businesses which served 1,735 non-affiliated sites of service. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for seven 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 You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  


(1) Revenues based upon Kindred consolidated revenues for the twelve months ended June 30, 2016.

About Mercy Medical Center

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 CenterDes Moines is the longest continually-operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state – with about 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates. Mercy Medical CenterDes 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 103 hospitals and multiple other facilities and services. 

Source: Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

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