Less than two weeks after launching a statewide network, Ochsner Health System announced it will partner with a Pennsylvania company to build a new, 60-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital in 2016.

The joint venture with Select Medical Corp. gives Ochsner a partnership with a company whose specialties include rehabilitation services. Select Medical now has 17 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in its network, and many are part of similar joint ventures. The partners will initially focus on managing Ochsner’s acute rehab unit — 29 beds within the Ochsner Medical Center-Elmwood Campus.

The new center is part of Ochsner’s plan to serve as a national destination for health care, said Warner Thomas, Ochsner president and chief executive officer. In order to achieve that goal, Ochsner must ensure patients and their families have access to the right setting for the right results, he said.

Once it opens, Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to employ 180 therapists, nurses and other specialists. The new facility’s services will treat spinal cord and brain injuries, stroke, amputation, neurological disorders and musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions.

Ochsner is the state’s largest nonprofit health system, with 25 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Two weeks ago, Ochsner; St. Tammany Parish Hospital, in Covington; Lafayette General Health; Terrebonne General Medical Center, in Houma; and Christus Health Louisiana announced the official launch of the health network.

In early June, the system announced plans for a $250 million expansion plan in the New Orleans area. The projects will add six stories to its main eight-story building on Jefferson Highway; expand the cancer center at the main campus; and convert the non-acute hospital on South Clearview Parkway into an outpatient surgery center.

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