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Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City Building New Patient Wing

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 23, 2020) Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City has kicked off construction on a new 10,000-square-foot patient wing. The two story $7.5 million project will increase capacity by 32 percent with the addition of 16 beds and two additional patient care areas.

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City first opened in October 2012 and currently has 50 beds. The hospital is a partnership between Kindred Healthcare and Mercy and provides services for patients recovering from strokes and other long-term illnesses or injuries. The hospital features specialized clinical programs including a dedicated brain injury unit for patients suffering from trauma-related neurological conditions.

“We are singularly focused on improving the functional capabilities and quality of life for the patients we have the privilege of serving,” said Dr. A.J Bisson, medical director for Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City. “Our care model involves a multi-disciplinary approach from physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutritional services, case management and rehabilitation nursing.”

The hospital frequently operates at or near capacity, which limits the ability to expand services or admit additional patients for needed rehabilitation care.

“We are in the ministry of helping people get back on their feet and have a better quality of life and we want to help as many people as possible,” said Thomas Elliott, president of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City. “It can be frustrating when we sometimes have to turn patients away because we just don’t have a bed. We’re so excited that this new project will soon give us the space we desperately need to serve more people with high-quality care. We are thankful for our clinical teams for making our expansion goal attainable.”

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital was designed to promote recuperation outside of a traditional hospital setting. The facility incorporates many unique features, including specialized beds, dedicated dining area, a therapy gym that features the latest high-tech devices, an in-house apartment where patients practice daily living tasks, outdoor walking trails and healing gardens.

“It is so important that Mercy is able to offer a complete continuum of care for our patients who need rehabilitation services to aid in their recovery,” said Zack Dawson, vice president of operations and post acute services at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “We’re excited those services will soon be available for even more patients in our community.”


About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, LLC is a healthcare services company based in Louisville, Kentucky with annual revenues of approximately $3.1 billion(1). At June 30, 2020, Kindred through its subsidiaries had approximately 32,000 employees providing healthcare services in 1,731 locations in 46 states, including 64 long-term acute care hospitals, 22 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 10 sub-acute units, 94 inpatient rehabilitation units (hospital-based), contract rehabilitation service businesses which served 1,541 non-affiliated sites of service, and behavioral health services. 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 FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

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Kindred Healthcare

(1) Revenues for the last twelve months ended June 30, 2020

About Mercy

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years (2016 to 2019) by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children's, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients from coast to coast.

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