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VOL. 128 | NO. 197 | Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Baptist Begins Work on Germantown Rehabilitation Facility

By Michael Waddell

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Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is moving ahead with a new rehabilitation facility on South Germantown Road, aimed at helping meet increased demand from an aging population seeking to continue their independence after a devastating injury or illness.

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.'s 60,000-square-foot rehabilitation center at 1240 S. Germantown Road will include a dedicated stroke unit, a therapy gym and other specialized features.


Baptist recently broke ground on the clinic, at 1240 S. Germantown Road near the intersection of Wolf River Boulevard. It will replace Baptist’s Exeter Road facility.

“The patients most likely to be treated by inpatient rehab include those from complex neurological conditions, strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic injuries, amputations and other conditions,” said Brian Hogan, CEO and administrator of Baptist Rehab-Germantown.

The approximate cost of the project is $33 million, and the potential move-in date is Oct. 1, 2014. The clinic will be leased to the rehab hospital under a long-term lease by Indianapolis-based commercial real developer Duke Realty Corp.

Earl Swensson Associates is the project architect, and Brasfield & Gorrie, with which Baptist has worked in the past, is the general contractor.

The planned 60,000-square-foot facility will include 49 single-occupancy rooms and will contain specialized features such as a dedicated stroke unit, an activity of daily living space, a mobility courtyard and a therapy gym. The stroke unit will include large, private rooms; lift equipment as needed; an activity of daily living suite; and common areas for patients and families. The hospital gym will encompass lift equipment, a body weight-supported treadmill, Bioness, private treatment areas, and a large outdoor mobility garden.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the country, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. Roughly 600,000 of those are first attacks.

“Memphis is part of the ‘stroke belt,’ and more and more stroke patients need extensive stroke rehabilitation following their inpatient hospital stay. Rehabilitation can be an important part of recovery for many stroke survivors,” Hogan said. “The effects of stroke may mean that patients must change, relearn or redefine how they live. Stroke rehabilitation helps them return to independent living.”

Stroke rehab includes skills such as walking, talking, interacting with others, self-care and cognitive skills such as memory and problem-solving.

“When the new facility opens, all inpatient services will move into it, and outpatient will stay at the current facility,” Hogan said.

Earlier this year, the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency approved a certificate of need request for Baptist to build a new inpatient rehabilitation facility in partnership with Nashville-based Centerre Healthcare Corp.

“Baptist leadership wanted to work with an organization that is a national leader in rehab service,” said Zach Chandler, metro market leader for Baptist Memorial Health Care.

Centerre currently manages eight rehabilitation hospitals, which are in Indianapolis; Lancaster, Pa.; Chesterfield, Mo.; Oklahoma City; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Waukesha, Wis.; and Beachwood, Ohio.

Three hospitals that will be added to Centerre’s roster are under construction, including the Baptist Hospital in Germantown and new facilities in Langhorne, Pa., and Springfield, Mo.

Centerre Healthcare is a national provider of inpatient acute rehabilitation services dedicated solely to partnering with medical centers to complement their health care continuum through joint development and operation of acute rehabilitation hospitals and units.

Modern Healthcare named Centerre as the fastest-growing hospital company in the U.S. in 2012. Centerre facilities rank among the top inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR); a ranking which provides a measure of the company’s quality clinical outcomes. Centerre has been named in the annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. magazine.

Baptist currently has an inpatient and outpatient rehab center at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown.

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