76-bed hospital set for White Hall

Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Kindred Rehabilitation Services announced that their new 76-bed joint venture hospital at 1600 W. Holland Ave. will be created at White Hall. The new facility is scheduled to open in early 2024.

According to a press release, the facility will be a combination of a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation center and another 36 beds for behavioral medicine.

The new hospital will replace and increase the number of existing acute rehabilitation and behavioral health beds currently operated at Jefferson Regional. Kindred Rehabilitation Services has managed the hospital’s rehabilitation unit for 28 years.

“We believe this location is ideally suited to serve Arkansas residents from Pine Bluff to Little Rock, with direct access off Interstate 530,” said Brian Thomas, Jefferson Regional’s president and chief executive officer. “This location and the hospital’s combination of services will have a significant impact on south-central Arkansas by helping patients have direct access to the care they need.”

The 87,000-square-foot facility will be located off Interstate 530 at exit 32, just minutes from Pine Bluff and the Jefferson Regional campus, one block from the Jefferson Regional White Hall Health Complex and about 30 minutes from Little Rock, according to the press release.

The hospital will provide inpatient rehabilitation services for adults who have experienced loss of function or disability related to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, orthopedic surgery and other conditions, according to the press release.

The hospital’s rehabilitation department, which includes all private rooms, provides intensive, interdisciplinary rehabilitation therapies and medical care to improve patients’ functional independence and help them return home.

The behavioral unit will provide a continuum of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for adults and seniors, including crisis stabilization for acute mental health and substance use disorders; alcohol and drug detoxification; and treating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other behavioral health conditions, according to the press release.

“Selecting this location takes us another step forward in building a specialty hospital that expands our long-standing partnership with Jefferson Regional and improves access to much-needed inpatient rehabilitation and behavioral health services,” said Russ Bailey, President of Kindred Rehabilitation Services. “We are excited to embark on this unique and innovative hospital that leverages our combined capabilities to better serve the healthcare needs of the surrounding communities.”

Jefferson Regional is an acute care hospital in Jefferson County, serving patients from an 11-county area in southeastern Arkansas. Details: www.jrmc.org.

Kindred Rehabilitation Services has nearly 30 independent inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 17 states.

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