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New Rehab Hospital To Open In Billings

The new facility is expected to open in 2019.
Jackie Yamanaka
The new facility is expected to open in 2019.
The new facility is expected to open in 2019.
Credit Jackie Yamanaka
The new facility is expected to open in 2019.

Patients who are recovering from ailments like a stroke, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury will soon be able to continue their rehabilitation care closer to home.  Three health care entities announced yesterday they’re partnering to build and operate a rehabilitation hospital in Billings.

St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings Clinic and Kindred Healthcare have joined forces to meet a growing demand: take care patients who may need physical therapy, neurological rehabilitation, or other care. 

While some of these patients are getting rehabilitation services in Billings, others are left to get care in other locations, such as Seattle, Denver or Minneapolis. 

Jason Zachariah, president of Kindred Rehabilitation Services, says the need is growing for these services, largely because of the baby boomers.

“What happens with an aging population in America is that you’ll see increased numbers of strokes and brain injury,” said Zachariah.

He said both hospitals already care for these patients as they’re Level II trauma centers and primary, comprehensive stroke centers.  “So you see these patients immediately in that acute setting and now when you bridge that with inpatient rehabilitation, particularly around neuro rehabilitation, that is where it really all comes together.”

The CEOS of both St. Vincent Healthcare and Billings Clinic say this new collaboration will provide more families high quality services closer to home.

The facility is scheduled to open in 2019. 

Copyright 2017 Yellowstone Public Radio

Jackie Yamanaka
Jackie Yamanaka has been news director at YPR since 1986. From her home base in Billings, Jackie covers a wide range of issues across Montana and Wyoming. During the Montana Legislative session, she re-locates to the state Capitol in Helena where she has another office.
Amanda Merfeld
Amanda is a Montana native who with an eclectic work experience that includes firefighting and space shuttle recovery with the Forest Service, recycling with Ravalli Services, and coordinator for RSVP. She has also spent 3 years in South Korea as a journalist for the U.S. Army, focusing on print and photojournalism, and public relations.
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