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Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Opens 16 Beds in New Patient Wing

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 22, 2021) – Construction is complete on Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City’s new 10,000-square-foot patient wing. The $7.5 million project added 16 patient beds, increasing capacity by 32% and bringing the total bed count to 66.

The addition features a new pharmacy and a classroom where patients can participate in educational opportunities and support groups. The construction project kicked off at the end of 2020 and took about 10 months to complete.

The rehabilitation hospital first opened in October 2012 with 50 beds. The hospital is a joint venture between Kindred Healthcare, LLC 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.

Prior to the expansion, the hospital operated at or near capacity for half of the year, limiting the ability to expand services or admit patients for needed care.

“We never wanted to be in a position where we had to turn a patient away in need of rehabilitative care because we simply didn’t have a bed,” said Thomas Elliott, chief executive officer of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City. “The work our clinical teams do here helps people recover and get back to their lives. Our prayer is that with these 16 additional beds and now a second Mercy rehab hospital in Oklahoma City, we’ll never have to turn another patient away.”

In March, Kindred and Mercy opened Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City – South, a 36-bed rehab hospital located in the southern part of the city, through the existing joint venture. Together, the two Mercy rehab hospitals will help meet a growing demand for rehabilitation services in Oklahoma.


About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, LLC is the nation’s leading specialty hospital company delivering acute health services in its long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, acute rehabilitation units, and behavioral health line of business, all specializing in treating the most medically complex patients. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, and 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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Susan E. Moss
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Kindred Healthcare


About Mercy

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy is one of the nation’s most highly integrated, multi-state health care systems, including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, more than 4,000 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners and 40,000-plus co-workers serving patients and families across 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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Meredith Huggins
Senior Media Relations Specialist