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Kindred Healthcare, Inc. Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare announced that they will build The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana on Billings’ West End at the southeast corner of Gabel Road and Hesper Road. The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana is a partnership between the three organizations to construct and operate a 34-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Billings.

 The new inpatient rehabilitation hospital, announced in June of 2017, will offer all-private rooms and treat patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. The hospital will meet the growing clinical needs of Billings, the state and region. Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the hospital, which is expected to employ more than 100 caregivers and staff. Subject to several regulatory and other approvals, the partners expect the inpatient rehabilitation hospital to open by the first quarter of 2019.

 Kindred and St. Vincent Healthcare have an existing relationship as Kindred manages New Hope, the inpatient rehabilitation unit at St. Vincent Healthcare. Kindred and St. Vincent Healthcare plan to transfer the operations of this unit to the new rehabilitation hospital once it is open.

“We are pleased to work with the two premier health care providers in Billings and look forward to breaking ground on this high-quality post-acute care facility that will greatly benefit the community,” said Jason Zachariah, President of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, a division of Kindred. “St. Vincent Healthcare has been a great partner and we look forward to working with Billings Clinic on this quality-focused collaboration.” 

“This collaboration will provide our community and the region greater access to new, high-quality rehabilitation services close to home, and we look forward to continuing its development,” said Randall Gibb, M.D., Billings Clinic Chief Executive Officer. “We are bringing together the resources and knowledge of two of the strongest health care organizations in the region with Kindred’s nationally-recognized expertise in post-acute care to build and operate this facility, the first of its kind in Montana. This will strengthen the system of providing rehabilitation services already integrated within our organizations and we know this new partnership will benefit people across the region.” 

“All three organizations are working together in this unique collaboration to ensure patients across Montana will receive specialized inpatient rehabilitation services,” said Steve Loveless, St. Vincent Healthcare and SCL Health Montana President. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health, based out of Broomfield, Colorado.