|Kindred Health plans hospital expansions
Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare Inc. plans to expand hospital operations by 69 LTAC hospital beds and 110 SNF beds in Springfield, Ill.; Seattle, Wa.; Indianapolis and Las Vegas. A new freestanding 50-bed LTAC hospital is planned for Springfield. In Seattle, Kindred plans to convert a defunct nursing home in the downtown area into a 50-bed LTAC hospital and a 30-bed SNF offering subacute services. The hospital will be called Kindred Hospital Seattle at First Hill. Kindred also plans to renovate its existing Kindred Hospital Seattle into a 30-bed LTAC hospital with a 30-bed SNF and rename it Kindred Hospital Seattle at Northgate. Kindred’s existing 46-bed Kindred Hospital Indianapolis South, of Greenwood, Ind., will be replaced by a new 60-bed hospital with all private rooms. All three projects are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008. Finally, Kindred is developing a 50-bed SNF at Kindred Hospital Las Vegas Flamingo Campus that will offer subacute rehabilitation and care for medically complex patients.
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» CORRECTION In “10 People to Watch in Healthcare Contracting” (July/August 2006 Journal of Healthcare Contracting), we mistakenly quoted George Hersch, vice president of materials management, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Ky., as saying that the IDN is exploring the use of bone marrow transplantation in spinal procedures. Rather, he said that the IDN is exploring the use of bone morphogenic protein in spinal procedures. JHC regrets the error.