West Tennessee Healthcare and Healthsouth break ground, name new inpatient hospital

By: West Tennessee Healthcare/Healthsouth on Oct 06, 2016


Pictured from left, Jay Grinney, president and CEO, HealthSouth Corporation; James Ross, interim president and CEO, West Tennessee Healthcare; Barb Jacobsmeyer, president, HealthSouth’s Central Region; Julie Taylor, CEO, Spire Rehabilitation Hospital; Dr. Lisa Piercey, executive vice president, West Tennessee Healthcare; Mayor Jerry Gist, City of Jackson; Mayor Jimmy Harris, Madison County and Mark Tarr, executive vice president and COO, HealthSouth Corporation.

West Tennessee Healthcare and HealthSouth Corporation held a ceremonial groundbreaking for their future inpatient rehabilitation hospital located at 616 West Forest Ave. in Jackson. The name of the new inpatient hospital, Spire Rehabilitation Hospital, was unveiled at the presentation which was attended by local elected officials, West Tennessee Healthcare leaders and leadership from HealthSouth Corporation.

“Spire symbolizes the pinnacle of rehabilitative care,” said Piercey. “West Tennessee Healthcare’s inpatient rehabilitation has long been a top choice for patients and their doctors. With Spire we will have more capacity to provide that high level of care, and in a setting that inspires hope and healing. We want people to look to Spire as an emblem of the bright future of healthcare in West Tennessee.”

Remarks were given at the presentation by Julie Taylor, CEO of Spire Rehabilitation Hospital; James Ross, interim president and CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare; Dr. Lisa Piercey, executive vice President for West Tennessee Healthcare; Mayor Jerry Gist of the City of Jackson; Mayor Jimmy Harris of Madison County; and Jay Grinney, president and CEO of HealthSouth Corporation.

“HealthSouth is excited to expand its services in West Tennessee through our partnership with West Tennessee Healthcare,” said Barbara Jacobsmeyer, president of HealthSouth’s central region. “Our organizations share a commitment to providing top-notch care while helping our patients achieve their most optimal levels of health so they may return to their communities.”

Spire Rehabilitation Hospital will offer 48 all-private patient rooms including one isolation room, four bariatric rooms and 10 rooms equipped for patients needing dialysis treatments during their stay. Also included in the 57,066-square-foot hospital will be a spacious therapy gym, courtyard, dining and dayroom areas.

The inpatient rehabilitation hospital will serve patients overcoming a variety of debilitating illnesses and injuries including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, complex orthopedic conditions and amputations. Some of the benefits of receiving care through an inpatient rehabilitation hospital include 15 hours per week of intense therapy, a team approach to patient-centered care, frequent visits from independent practice physicians and 24/7 oversight from registered nurses, many of whom have achieved specialty training and expertise in physical rehabilitation.

The new hospital will open for patient care in the third quarter of 2017.

About West Tennessee Healthcare

West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, not-for-profit healthcare system with locations throughout 18 counties in West Tennessee. The mission of West Tennessee Healthcare is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care. For more information, visit wth.org.

About HealthSouth

HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at healthsouth.com.

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