Centerre, St. Luke’s plan new rehab hospital
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.