Joint venture to build specialty hospital in Fort Wayne
Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne is forming a joint venture with Pennsylvania-based Select Medical Corp. to provide inpatient rehabilitation and critical illness recovery care in the Allen County city. As part of the partnership, the joint venture plans to build a new specialty hospital, though financial details were not immediately disclosed.
Lutheran Health, which operates multiple hospitals in northeast Indiana, is a subsidiary of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.
The new specialty hospital will be designed to serve those recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries, including stroke and other neurological disorders, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and other complex orthopedic conditions.
In addition to the new hospital, CHS has agreed to contribute the existing, 36-bed Lutheran Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne to the joint venture.
“Our collaboration with Select Medical will expand inpatient rehabilitation services and bring much needed critical illness recovery care to the campus of Lutheran Hospital, as well as complement the high level of acute care we provide to our patients,” Lutheran Hospital CEO Clyde Wood said in a news release.
Select Medical Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations Tom Mullin said the specialty hospital will be the company’s first rehabilitation hospital in Indiana.
The company currently operates over 100 critical illness recovery hospitals, 31 rehabilitation hospitals and nearly 2,000 outpatient rehab clinics throughout the country.
Lutheran Health Network, which employs about 6,000 people across its entire footprint, did not specify how many jobs would be created with the new hospital.
Inside INdiana Business has reached out to the joint venture partners for more information, but has not yet received a response.