Cen­terre, St. Luke’s plan new re­hab hospi­tal

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Bob Her­man

St. Luke’s Health Sys­tem, a nine-hospi­tal, not-for-profit sys­tem based in Kansas City, Mo., plans to team up with for-profit Cen­terre Health­care to build an in­pa­tient re­hab hospi­tal in the K.C. metro area. The groups ex­pect the new 60-bed fa­cil­ity to open in 2016.

Julie Quirin, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of con­tin­uum of care ser­vices at St. Luke’s, said in a news re­lease the main goal of the joint ven­ture is “to pro­vide a seam­less-care ex­pe­ri­ence for our re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pa­tients and to pro­vide the most com­pre­hen­sive level of in­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices in the re­gion.”

Ob­servers say this type of deal is part of the push to place pa­tients in the right set­ting and ul­ti­mately avoid high rates of read­mis­sion—which can hurt hos­pi­tals’ re­im­burse­ments.

Since April 2013, pri­vately held Cen­terre has an­nounced joint ven­ture part­ner­ships with four other not-for­profit health sys­tems—Texas Health Re­sources, Ar­ling­ton; Methodist Health Sys­tem, Dal­las; Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin Hospi­tal and Clin­ics, Madi­son; and St. Mary Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Langhorne, Pa. In­clud­ing the St. Luke’s hospi­tal, Cen­terre will op­er­ate 14 in­pa­tient re­hab hos­pi­tals.

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