June 14, 2014

Construction expected to start in August on $28 million Modesto rehab hospital

Construction is expected to start this August on a $28million rehabilitation hospital in Modesto.

Construction is expected to start this August on a $28 million rehabilitation hospital in Modesto.

The Alabama-based HealthSouth Corp. is working its way through state approvals for the 54,000-square-foot health care facility, which will be built at the northeast corner of Coffee Road and Mable Avenue.

About 100 full-time health care jobs are expected to be created when it’s complete, plus the construction jobs to build it.

HealthSouth purchased the vacant 5.5 acres there more than a year ago. The company expects the hospital to open by late 2015.

What’s planned is a 50-bed hospital that will provide inpatient rehabilitative care to help patients recover from a major illness, injury or surgery. That includes patients recovering from strokes and neurological disorders; orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions; brain and spinal cord injuries; and complex orthopedic conditions and amputations.

California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development must approve the facility’s design before construction begins, and a HealthSouth representative said that process continues.

An Alabama firm is expected to manage the construction project.

HealthSouth owns 103 rehabilitation hospitals, including ones in Bakersfield and Tustin.

The company earned $2.2 billion in revenue in 2012, with 125,113 inpatient discharges and 849,410 outpatient visits. It has about 22,000 employees.

According to HealthSouth, it is the nation’s largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. Shares in the company are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HLS. Its website is at www.healthsouth.com.

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