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UPDATED: Cleveland Clinic to build rehabilitation hospital in Avon


AVON — The city’s reputation as a location for state-of-the-art medical services is growing with the announcement Tuesday that a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be built along Interstate 90.

The facility will be a joint venture by the Cleveland Clinic and Select Medical, one of the country’s largest providers of specialized acute and post-acute care.

It will be adjacent to the Cleveland Clinic’s Richard E. Jacobs Health Center.

The facility is planned in addition to a 100-bed, seven-story hospital announced by the Cleveland Clinic last summer.

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen said talk of this latest venture had swirled for some time.

“There were always rumors about what was going on with different parcels of land and how they would be developed. Now that it’s official, this is pretty exciting news,” Jensen said.

Construction is expected to begin this summer with the goal of opening in late 2015.

Jensen said the rehabilitation facility is separate from the 100-bed hospital expected to bring a 250,000-square-foot expansion to the 190,000-square-foot health center that opened in December 2011.

“We always envisioned this area as being more health-care-oriented, and this is another piece that goes along with that,” Jensen said.

No cost figures or other details about the rehab hospital were yet available.

“We recognize the best way for patients to heal and recover is to have their rehabilitation close to their family,” said Dr. Robert Wyllie, Cleveland Clinic’s chief medical operations officer.

“This joint venture allows us to expand our services with a national leader in post-acute rehabilitation who has a proven record of partnering with academic medical centers, like Cleveland Clinic, to take care of the sickest patients.”

Described as one of the nation’s largest providers of specialized acute and post-acute care, Select Medical operates or supports more than 100 hospitals specializing in long-term acute care, 15 medical rehabilitation hospitals and more than 1,000 outpatient clinics offering physical and occupational therapy.

Based in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Select Medical was founded in 1996.

Both new Avon hospitals are expected to be under construction at the same time, Jensen said.

The 100-bed hospital is projected to be completed in 2016.

A Residence Inn hotel and conference center already is under construction in the same area. That facility might open before the 60-bed hospital is completed, Jensen said.

The city’s current Cleveland Clinic facility already is making a big impact, according to figures that put the number of patient visits at 320,000 and outpatient surgeries at more than 4,500 during its first full year of operation in 2012.

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