After an extended period of intense planning and preparation, a partnership between Emory Healthcare and Select Medical, one of the nation’s largest providers specializing in outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care, is official. Effective July 1, 2014, the joint venture will provide teams of post-acute care specialists committed to helping each patient recover in exactly the right setting, while also offering more convenient locations for patients in Georgia.
Emory’s Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, known for providing inpatient and outpatient services to patients following stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, musculoskeletal problems and amputation, has been renamed Emory Rehabilitation Hospital. It will be jointly owned and Select Medical will provide its management services. Eric Garrard has been named CEO of Emory Rehabilitation Hospital.
Select Medical currently has 23 outpatient clinics around metro Atlanta. To create a more seamless plan of care between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, these clinics are also part of the joint venture. Formerly operating as Select Physical Therapy, the outpatient centers have been renamed Emory Rehabilitation Outpatient Center.
In addition, as part of the joint venture Select Medical will be majority owner and manage three long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals in the greater Atlanta area, including LTAC services located at Emory Wesley Woods Hospital. As a hospital entity of its own, it will operate as Select Specialty Hospital-Northeast Atlanta.
The other two long-term acute care hospitals included in the joint venture are Select Specialty Hospital – Atlanta and Regency Hospital.
Select Medical and Emory Healthcare have collaborated on post-acute care since 2000, when Select Medical began leasing space from Emory University Hospital Midtown on Peachtree Road for its long-term acute care hospital. Select Medical’s long-term acute care hospitals are highly specialized facilities for chronic, critically ill and medically complex patients in need of additional recovery time. Select Medical lease space from larger health care systems such as Emory Healthcare for more than two-thirds of its long-term acute care hospitals.