The joint venture will build and operate a 52-bed hospital in Irvine.

June 16, 2022

Architectural rendering of the planned UCI Health-Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital

The new hospital is expected to offer the most innovative comprehensive rehabilitation care on the West Coast, providing Orange County’s 3.5 million residents with “a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center offering cutting-edge technology to help them get back to their lives faster.” said UCI Health CEO Chad T. Lefteris. Rendering courtesy of KRS

Orange, California and Brentwood, Tennessee. UCI Health and Kindred Rehabilitation Services (KRS), a business unit of LifePoint Health, today announced that it has signed a definitive joint venture agreement to build and operate a 68,000-square-foot, 52-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Orange County.

The hospital will employ up to 200 people and be located at 17931 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, California.

The UCI Health Rehabilitation Hospital will serve the growing clinical needs of the Orange County region. The hospital will treat patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as patients with trauma, burns and orthopedic patients.

Advanced Care

KRS will manage the day-to-day operations of the hospital, and patients will receive advanced care from UCI Health’s physicians and clinical staff in separate rooms and state-of-the-art rehabilitation centers.

The partners expect construction on the hospital, costing approximately $80 million, to begin by December 2022, with patient admissions to begin in late 2025.

KRS has a national track record of delivering high quality care, as evidenced by outstanding patient outcomes and experiences. Nearly 90% of its inpatient rehabilitation hospitals are in the country’s top quartile for patient care performance.

“We are excited to partner with UCI Health to build and operate a new facility that will improve access to high-quality rehab care in Orange County,” said Russ Bailey, president of Kindred Rehabilitation Services. “This partnership with a leading academic healthcare system will create a hospital that leverages clinical innovation and best care practices to deliver outcomes and experiences that improve patients’ lives, and in the process advances our mission of creating healthier communities.”

The Rehabilitation Hospital will serve patients throughout the region, including eligible patients treated at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, home to Orange County’s only Level I trauma center and regional burn center, a comprehensive stroke center, and major orthopedic and neurological surgeries. services. It will also serve patients from UCI Health – Irvine, our new medical facility being built on the UCI campus. The medical complex, which is expected to be fully opened in 2025, will include a 144-bed emergency hospital and will specialize in orthopedics and neurosurgery.

‘Shared Vision’

“UCI Health and Kindred share a common vision to create the most innovative and comprehensive rehab facility on the West Coast,” said UCI Health CEO Chad T. Lefteris. “As Orange County’s only academic healthcare system, UCI Health provides leading critical care in a region of over three and a half million people – they deserve a state-of-the-art rehab facility that offers cutting-edge technology to help them. get back to your life faster.”

The initiative will expand UCI Health’s inpatient rehabilitation capacity with the existing 14 rehabilitation beds at the UCI Medical Center in Orange.

“The new rehabilitation hospital will be more than just a patient care facility,” said Jay Khan, MD, UCI Health’s head of physical therapy and rehabilitation and medical director of the medical center’s rehabilitation center.

“This will allow clinicians to conduct clinical research, including clinical trials, and advance new rehabilitation technologies to improve patient healing and help them return to their lives after surgeries and inpatient care,” he added.

UCI Health is a UC Irvine clinical facility and the only academic healthcare system in Orange County. Patients can access UCI Health at Primary and Specialty Care in Orange County and at its main campus, UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. 459-bed acute care hospital listed as America’s Best Hospitals by US News and World Report has provided tertiary and quaternary care, outpatient and specialty medical clinics, mental health and rehabilitation services for 21 consecutive years. UCI Medical Center is home to Orange County’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute, a high-risk perinatal/neonatal program, and an American College of Surgeons certified Level I Adult and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center. UCI Health serves a region of nearly 4 million people in Orange County, western Riverside County, and southeastern Los Angeles County. Follow us at facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

Related Rehabilitation Services (KRS), with 30 independent inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in 18 states, is the partner of choice for many large hospital systems in establishing joint ventures that are industry-leading in clinical and operational outcomes. KRS offers a proven track record of managing rehabilitation and services to help the nearly 30,000 patients we see in our specialty hospitals each year recover and return home quickly from any of a range of conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury , neurological diseases. , amputation and trauma. Kindred Rehabilitation Services is a business unit of Brentwood, Tennessee. Health.

Health is a leading healthcare provider that serves patients, clinicians, communities and partner organizations across the healthcare continuum. Driven by the mission of “Healthier Communities”, the company has a growing diversified healthcare delivery network of more than 50,000 dedicated employees, 65 community hospital campuses, more than 30 rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals, and 170 additional care centers, including managed acute rehabilitation. departments, outpatient centers and institutions after emergency care. More information about LifePoint can be found at


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