As published in Toledo Business Journal - September 1, 2019

Rendering of a typical Encompass Health hospital

Rendering of a typical Encompass Health hospital

Encompass considering $27M investment

Organization has identified a need for rehabilitation services in TOL

Encompass Health – a large provider of post-acute healthcare services headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 32 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies – is contemplating an approximate $27 million investment to construct a 48,000 square foot, 40-bed freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Toledo.

If the land is closed on, the organization plans on adding approximately 88 additional high-paying, full-time employees to start and expects to grow the number of employees to 125 over a five-year period. The organization has identified a need for additional inpatient rehabilitation services in Toledo and the new hospital is aimed at better serving that need.

Hillary Carnel, associate director of media relations and marketing events for Encompass Health, said, “Toledo is very interesting in that it is a complex medical market with three Level 1 trauma centers. Although there are a couple of very good inpatient rehabilitation providers in the community, our review indicates that the greater Toledo region remains underserved for this service.”

According to Carnel, the hospital is expected to provide all-private rooms and the latest in inpatient rehabilitation equipment and technology. As a Joint Commission accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF), Encompass Health will provide qualified patients three hours of intensive therapy daily, close medical oversight by rehabilitation physicians including a minimum of face-to-face visits three times weekly, the availability of 24/7 nursing care by registered nurses – many of whom are Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRNs) – as well as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.

“These specialized services will permit admission of medically complex patients and help shorten acute care lengths of stay at the acute care hospitals. The hospital will have state-of-the-art rehabilitation technology and architectural design,” said Carnel.

The proposed project is a new, single-story, freestanding 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital. It will have at a minimum, 40 private patient rooms, a large therapy gym, in-house pharmacy, a cafeteria with patient dining room, and dayrooms. The hospital will be made with full sprinklers and designed and constructed to meet all applicable requirements of the International Building Code and National Fire Protection Agency. The property also allows for expansion of services – should the need arise – for up to 80 beds, noted Carnel.

Encompass Health’s main office in Birmingham, Alabama

Encompass Health’s main office
in Birmingham, Alabama

“The patient room design is a model utilized on all new Encompass Health hospitals and has been refined over the years to allow the patient maximum mobility in the room. The private room area, including casework and bathroom, is 247 net square feet. This allows the room to meet all national handicap requirements and at the same time provide the patient with visual privacy,” said Carnel.

Carnel noted that Encompass Health’s hospitals provide acute inpatient rehabilitation services.

“Our inpatient rehabilitation hospital will provide intensive medical rehabilitation at least three hours per day, five days per week; frequent physician visits; and 24-hour nursing care for patients recovering from major illnesses and injuries such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation, and hip fracture. Tailored to meet their specific needs, each patient’s therapy team can include physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Additionally, there are many other disciplines in our hospital that work with the patient to make sure that we are treating comorbidities and other complex medical needs during their stay,” said Carnel. “Having a longstanding history with inpatient rehabilitation and a direct focus on rehabilitation patients’ needs, we have developed many best practices and programs that allow our patients to receive consistent high-quality care at our hospitals. Additionally, we consistently outperform our peers with a higher discharge to the community. We have developed proprietary tools and technology, such as an enterprise-wide, rehabilitation-specific electronic medical record, and an enterprise-wide near real-time management reporting system that ensures operating efficiency and the highest-quality care.”

Carnel went on to explain that a new hospital would be a nice fit for the Encompass Health Central Region, which has 19 hospitals, including four in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Westerville. She also explained that it is a great opportunity to contribute to the revitalization of the Toledo area.

“We applaud the local healthcare providers that are helping to revitalize Toledo, and we would like to be a part of that effort. We are looking forward to having the opportunity to offer much-needed services to appropriate patients in the Toledo area,” said Carnel.

Encompass estimates construction of the hospital will take 15 months to complete. Frederick and Associates will serve as the architect for the project and Doster Construction Company will serve as the general contractor.


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