Kindred closing hospital for remodel

A Greenwood transitional hospital is set to close in about two months and is moving all patients and employees before starting renovations to reopen as a rehabilitation facility.

Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis South, located off Emerson Avenue, south of County Line Road, is no longer accepting patients at its 60-bed transitional care hospital in preparation for the remodel, according to a statement from the company.

The hospital will close Nov. 7 and is working to either discharge or move current patients, the statement said.

The company also gave notice that it was eliminating all 86 jobs at the Greenwood center, including nurses, therapists and nursing assistants, according to a filing with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Most of the employees have been moved to other Kindred locations, and the company is continuing to look for positions for the other employees. When the new rehabilitation hospital opens, the company will look to hire as many of the current staff as possible, the company statement said.

The new 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital is a partnership between Kindred Healthcare and Community Health Network geared toward patients with diagnoses related to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular diseases, orthopedics, amputations and related disorders. The two health networks have partnered on two other rehabilitation facilities, Community Rehabilitation Hospital on the Community Hospital North campus and Community Howard Specialty Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana.

Remodeling work will begin at the Greenwood location after the hospital closes in November, and the new rehabilitation hospital is set to open in the third quarter of 2018, the company statement said.

Kindred has two other transitional care hospitals in Indianapolis, and officials are always evaluating and looking for opportunities to provide needed services to patients, the statement said.

“Kindred is always evaluating its portfolio and looking for opportunities to reposition its assets to provide services where and when patients need it most,” the statement said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.