Kansas City Business Journal: Saint Luke's South Nears Opening Rehabilitation Institute

June 5, 2019

Saint Luke's South Hospital is in the final stages of construction on a 100,000-square-foot rehabilitation hospital set on the same campus as the 125-bed acute care facility.

Saint Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, which broke ground in December 2017, will wrap up construction in July and begin admitting patients in September. The 60-bed facility includes inpatient and outpatient services, multiple gyms, an outdoor rehabilitation garden and model apartments to practice navigating a home-like environment.

The facility will also include a number of robotic devices to help patients recover. The institute is designed not just to help with orthopedic injuries, but also patients who suffer from brain or spinal cord injuries, stroke, arthritis, and cardiovascular issues.

"The center of the country has lacked high-quality rehabilitation forever," said Reagan Simpson, President of Saint Luke's Rehabilitation Institute and Vice President of Rehabilitation Services at Saint Luke's Health System. 

"What has happened traditionally is patients that have significant strokes or spinal cord injuries and have the means to leave town for their rehab go to Denver or Chicago or up to Nebraska. In a city this size, it's just not acceptable that you wouldn't be able to get a national-standard rehabilitation."

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