ClearSky Health, a rehabilitative healthcare provider, has announced it has selected the City of Kenosha for the location of a new 30-bed medical rehabilitation hospital.
A specific location has not yet been announced by the organization, which currently owns and operates five hospitals in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico, with plans to open new facilities in Arizona, Kansas and additional Texas locations.
The hospital plans to provide specialized, rehabilitative care to about 650 patients annually who are living with disabling injuries or illnesses such as strokes, brain injuries, hip fractures, spinal injuries, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other medically-complex conditions such as COVID-19.
“We’re pleased to have helped ClearSky Health’s leadership during their due diligence process,” said Heather Wesling Grosz, vice president of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance.
“We were able to gather information and facilitate community connections to determine if an investment in our market was feasible. The hospital will be a welcome addition to our community.”
Mayor John Antaramian said he was looking forward to the opportunity to work with ClearSky on a development proposal.
“As always we are looking for developments that are going to be beneficial to the community. This looks like that will be one of those. This could be very positive and we’re looking forward to working the hospital as we move forward,” he said.
ClearSky said its proposed Kenosha hospital will differ from other rehabilitative settings since medical rehabilitation hospitals are required to:
Be licensed and accredited;
Use an interdisciplinary team approach to care;
Have a physician with specialized training in rehabilitation supervise medical services;
Provide rehabilitative nursing 24/7;
Offer patients therapy for a minimum of 15 hours a week.
A planned new 40,000-square-foot building will feature all private rooms, a rehabilitative gym with specialized equipment, a dining room with a dedicated chef and food service staff and an activity of daily living space to allow patients to receive therapy in rooms that emulate home conditions. Patients will interact and set individual goals with an interdisciplinary team that includes a physician; rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; case managers; respiratory therapists; dietitians; and other healthcare professionals.
Read more at the Kenosha News.