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Kindred Healthcare, Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare Announce Opening of Rehabilitation Hospital

Partnership operates the 34-bed hospital in Billings, Montana

LOUISVILLE, Ky. and BILLINGS, Mt. (August 5, 2019) – Kindred Healthcare, LLC (“Kindred”), Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare today announced the grand opening of The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana, located on Billings’ West End at 3572 Hesper Road. The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana is a partnership between the three organizations to operate the 34-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital. This is the first and only freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Montana.

The new inpatient rehabilitation hospital features all-private rooms and treats patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. The hospital will meet the growing clinical needs of Billings, the state and region. Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the hospital, which is expected to employ more than 100 caregivers and staff. 

Kindred and St. Vincent Healthcare have an existing relationship as Kindred managed New Hope, the former inpatient rehabilitation unit at St. Vincent Healthcare. Kindred and St. Vincent Healthcare transferred the operations of this unit to the new rehabilitation hospital. 

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with St. Vincent Healthcare and look forward to working with Billings Clinic on this high-quality rehabilitation hospital that will greatly benefit the community,” said Russ Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services. “This new hospital will address the growing need for inpatient rehabilitation services in Montana and the region by combining the strengths of Kindred and the two premier healthcare providers in Billings.”

“This collaboration provides our community and the region greater access to new, high-quality rehabilitation services close to home,” said Robert Merchant, MD, Billings Clinic Interim co-Chief Executive Officer. “We are bringing together the resources and knowledge of two of the strongest healthcare organizations in our region with Kindred’s nationally-recognized expertise in post-acute care for this facility, the first of its kind in Montana. This strengthens the system of providing rehabilitation services already integrated within our organizations and brings new resources to benefit the people we serve.”

“This is a very exciting time for our three organizations. As we work together in this unique collaboration, we are ensuring patients across Montana receive specialized inpatient rehabilitation services in a state-of-the-art facility,” said Steve Loveless, St. Vincent Healthcare and SCL Health Montana President. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health, based out of Broomfield, Colorado. “Building on a great legacy of care, The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana allows us to expand our rehabilitation services to provide patients with the high-quality services and team-based care they deserve and need so they can return to the life they want to live.”


About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, LLC is a healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $3.3 billion(1). At June 30, 2019, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 34,500 employees providing healthcare services in 1,760 locations in 46 states, including 71 long-term acute care hospitals, 22 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 11 sub-acute units, 95 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based) and contract rehabilitation service businesses which served 1,561 non-affiliated sites of service. Ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for nine years, Kindred’s mission is to help our patients reach their highest potential for health and healing with intensive medical and rehabilitative care through a compassionate patient experience. For more information, go to You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

(1) Revenues for the last twelve months ended June 30, 2019.

Susan E. Moss
Kindred Healthcare
Senior Vice President,
Marketing and Communications
(502) 596-7296


About Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,300 employees, including more than 430 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 80 specialties. More information can be found at

Zach Benoit
Billings Clinic
Public Relations Liaison 
Community Relations
(406) 657-4791


About St. Vincent Healthcare

St. Vincent Healthcare delivers compassionate, quality care to the people of Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. Serving the region for more than 115 years, St. Vincent Healthcare is located in Billings, Montana. In addition to 11 primary care clinics in and around the Billings area, St. Vincent Healthcare offers dozens of progressive specialty services and a 201-bed hospital. St. Vincent even has a special “hospital within a hospital” just for children, St. Vincent Children’s Healthcare. St. Vincent Healthcare has more than 1,700 associates and more than 500 physicians and advanced care professionals. St. Vincent is part of SCL Health, a nonprofit faith-based health system with 12 hospitals in Colorado and Montana. Together, St. Vincent Healthcare, St. James Healthcare in Butte, and Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, represent SCL Health Montana. To learn more about St. Vincent Healthcare, visit

Angela Douglas
St. Vincent Healthcare
Communications Manager
(406) 238-6204