A Greenwood transitional hospital is being renovated to provide care for patients as they recover from surgeries and illnesses.

The 40-bed Community Rehabilitation Hospital South, a joint project between Community Health Network and Kindred Healthcare, is expected to open in the beginning of 2018. Remodeling efforts are underway at the Kindred Hospital Indianapolis South at 697 Greenwood Springs Drive, a news release said.

The hospital, located about a half-mile south of County Line Road between Emerson Avenue and Interstate 65, will provide care for patients recovering from strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular diseases, orthopedics, amputations and related disorders, with specialized unit for patients recovering from brain injuries, the release said.

“This new venture gives us an opportunity to extend long-term, acute care to people who need it in the south and central regions,” Community Health Network spokesperson Kris Kirschner said.

The current facility is a 60-bed transitional care hospital operated by Kindred Healthcare. Kindred will manage the day-to-day operations of the hospital after the renovations, the release said. The facility opened in 2014 for patients who needed a short-term rehabilitation program or additional care after being discharged from the hospital.

This hospital will be the third joint project between Kindred and Community Health Network, following a rehab facility in Indianapolis and a specialty hospital in Kokomo, the release said.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Kindred to provide exceptional rehabilitative care to those patients who need it,” said Jason Fahrlander, chief operating officer for Community Health Network. “This new hospital allows us to further our goal of providing convenient access to specialized post-acute care to help improve the lives of individuals in this region.”

“There will be some signage and aesthetic changes to the outside of the building,” Kirschner said. “Most of the work will be on the interior to make the change from a transitional hospital to an in-patient rehabilitation hospital, which will include a dedicated brain-injury unit, and a dedicated stroke unit.”

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.