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Kindred Healthcare to open 100-bed southside hospital

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Kindred Healthcare has opened a new 100-bed hospital on the southside.

The facility is geared toward patients who need a short-term rehabilitation program or additional care after being discharged from the hospital, according to a Kindred news release.

Construction began on the center in May 2013 and finished in July. The new center is located about a half-mile north of County Line Road, off Emerson Avenue.

Kindred has two other facilities in Greenwood, including a long-term care hospital off Emerson Avenue and a transitional-care facility near State Road 135 and Smith Valley Road.

The facility still needs to complete some licensing procedures, but patients could start being admitted by the end of this month, director Jared Houck said.

About 125 nurses and staff will be employed when the center is fully staffed. Kindred is still hiring for the new center, Houck said.

The center will admit patients who are being discharged from hospitals but still need additional care before they can return home. Patients can get additional heart or orthopedic therapy, for example, during a short-term stay, according to the news release. Staff will coordinate with local doctors offices or home health care groups to make sure patients continue to recover after being sent home, Houck said.

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