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Mesa, Chandler to Get Rehab Facility Projects worth $49M

Kindred Health Care’s proposed Mesa rehabilitation facility. Rendering credit: Ascension Group Architects LLP

By Luci Scott for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Rehabilitation facilities will be built in Chandler and Mesa, pending approval by the board of Kindred Health Care, a large, publicly traded company based in Louisville, Ky.

The 50-bed Chandler in-patient rehab facility, valued at $22M to $23M, is a 65KSF structure at 1677 W. Chandler Boulevard just north of Chandler Regional Medical Center, which is owned by Dignity Health. The project could break ground by March pending rezoning by the city.

The $26M Mesa project, which could break ground in April, is at 10309 E. Hampton Avenue near Mountain View Hospital, which is owned by IASIS Healthcare, which is based in suburban Nashville.  The Mesa facility will house 20 beds for rehabilitation and 70 beds for transitional care.

Both are design/build projects with Kitchell in the lead; the architect is Ascension Group Architects of Arlington, Texas, with civil engineering and landscape architecture being done by Kimley-Horn. Kitchell has yet to hire subcontractors for either project.

The rehabilitation and transitional care facilities are an outgrowth of the Affordable Care Act, because hospitals are now responsible for a patient clear through the rehabilitation process.

A patient’s rehabilitation is paramount to the hospital, which wants to ensure it’s being done correctly. Instead of giving a patient a list of four rehab facilities from which to choose, the hospital will send them to a nearby one with which the hospital is partnered. So the concept of partnerships is beneficial for Kindred as well as the acute-care hospitals; the plan ensures that Kindred receives patients, and the hospital is ensured that their patients are going to a rehab place that know well.

Phoenix Facility Under Way

Another Kindred facility is under construction by Weitz at 1880 E. Van Buren near St. Luke’s. The 81KSF, three-story, 120-room building is for transitional care and has a rehab element as well. It is a $15M design/build project, not including FFE, and is targeted for completion in September (AZBEX, Aug. 25.)

The developer and owner is Phoenix-based Biodesign Partners, architect is SmithGroupJJR, and Weitz’s MET partners are Wilson Electric and TDIndustries for HVAC and plumbing, said Don Freeman, senior project manager of health care.