UnityPoint Health-Trinity proposes 40-bed physical rehabilitation institute in Moline

UnityPoint Health-Trinity proposes 40-bed physical rehabilitation institute in Moline

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UnityPoint Health-Trinity has proposed a $33.8 million, 40-bed physical rehabilitation institute on its Moline campus.

The 40-bed unit would have private rooms that are wheelchair accessible. Two would be designed for bariatric care, with one designated an isolation room for patients with communicable diseases. There also would be dedicated and separate Activities of Daily Living suite to allow patients to relearn daily tasks before returning home.

The institute would help patients recovering strokes, spinal cord injuries, hip or femur fractures, amputations, cardiac episodes and pulmonary conditions, among other illnesses.

The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute would be a 50/50 split venture between UnityPoint and Alabama-based Encompass Health Corporation, which operates Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Rockford, Ill. The Illinois Health Facilities and Service Review Board must first approve the project.

"With this project, Encompass Health and UnityPoint Health-Trinity intend to form a joint venture to enhance post-acute care in the Quad-Cities, increase access to high-quality inpatient rehabilitation services in the community, and keep patients close to home and family," according to a joint statement from UnityPoint Health and Encompass Health Corporation. "If the Review Board votes to approve the project, more details will be confirmed on the construction date and open date for the hospital.”

The review board has identified a need for additional physical rehab beds in the region, the companies said in their application to the HFSRB.

"The proposed project will ensure that patients with a wide variety of diagnoses in need of inpatient rehabilitation have available and accessible services close to home," the application says.

In its executive summary, the application says the project will serve residents of Rock Island County, and nearby Illinois and Iowa.

"The combination of complementary skills and expertise of a local, community-based health system and a national leader in inpatient rehab care will ensure that (Rock Island County) residents have available and accessible rehab beds when needed," the application says.

Trinity-Rock Island's inpatient rehab center will close when the new institute opens. The application says it Trinity-Rock Island operates significantly fewer rehab beds than designated because of facility constraints, including a lack of private rooms and age of a hospital originally designed for general care. 

The $33,812,822 estimated cost will be funded by Encompass Health. 

A copy of the application may be viewed at the Illinois HFSRB office, 525 West Jefferson St., Springfield. The State Board will post its findings later this year.

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