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Palomar Health partners with Kindred Healthcare to build 52 bed rehab hospital in Escondido



Palomar Health has announced an agreement to build a 52-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Escondido in a joint venture with Kindred Health­care, Inc. of Louisville, Kentucky. The hospital is expected to open in 2019.

The hospital will be constructed by a third party developer requiring no ad­ditional Palomar Health capital expen­ditures. The hospital will be located on the campus of Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, leased to the joint ven­ture and managed by Kindred, which currently manages the inpatient re­habilitation unit at Palomar Health’s Downtown Campus. Kindred also op­erates a transitional care hospital in the San Diego market, as well as offering home care and hospice services.

The executive team at Palomar Health sees the joint venture and new hospital as a great opportunity to grow the health system’s services at the Palomar Medical Center campus, which is anchored by a technological­ly advanced hospital that opened in 2012.

“We at Palomar Health are delight­ed to continue our longstanding part­nership with Kindred Healthcare, an internationally recognized expert in rehabilitation,” said Robert Hemker, president and chief executive officer of Palomar Health. “This joint venture to build a new in-patient rehabilitation hospital demonstrates our commitment to Patient First care by allowing us to expand our high quality and trusted re­habilitation services.”

Both Palomar Health and Kindred Healthcare believe this joint-venture hospital will be an important addition to the services of both organizations and expand a partnership that will greatly benefit rehabilitation patients in the San Diego market.

“We look forward to expanding our relationship with Palomar with this new hospital,” said Benjamin A. Breier, Kindred’s president and chief executive officer. “This new hospital will provide inpatient rehabilitation services that complement Palomar’s highly regarded acute care services and help patients recover and return home. Kindred continues to develop partnerships with some of the nation’s leading health systems because they recognize Kindred’s expertise and care model allows us to meet the needs of each partner health system and drive clinical, regulatory and business re­sults. These collaborative efforts de­liver the best in patient care and have helped our inpatient rehabilitation ser­vices business outperform peers in key clinical measures.”

Palomar Health believes the new re­habilitation hospital will provide ser­vices not only within its hospital dis­trict but regionally as well, including adjoining counties.

“This new hospital will allow us to provide world-class rehabilitation ser­vices to our community and our pa­tients for generations to come,” said Frank Beirne, executive vice presi­dent of operations at Palomar Health. “We’re tremendously excited that our partnership with Kindred Healthcare will enhance what is already an excep­tional service at Palomar Health.”

“This is a significant step for Palo­mar Health, involving two outstanding organizations committed to high-qual­ity health care,” added Dara Czer­wonka, MSW0, chairman of the Palo­mar Health board of directors. “This unique partnership shows our commit­ment to bringing a full array of medi­cal services to our community for the long term.”

Subject to several regulatory and other approvals, Kindred and Palomar expect the hospital to open by the third quarter of 2019.



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