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Health system partnering with medical company

March 30, 2017
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Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids was founded in 1846. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A local health system is partnering with a national specialty hospital operator to bring long-term acute care to one of its campuses.

Via a joint venture with Select Medical Corporation, Spectrum Health said today it will bring a 36-bed long-term acute care hospital, or LTACH, to Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids.

Spectrum’s current LTACH, Spectrum Health Special Care Hospital, at 750 Fuller Ave., will be moved into existing facilities at Blodgett, at 1840 Wealthy St. SE.

The 36-bed LTACH — which will provide treatment for patients who require intensive, special care over an extended period — is expected to open this summer, upon clearing regulatory approvals.

"Our joint venture with Spectrum Health serves a growing need for patients with highly complex medical needs requiring long-term acute care," said Brian Davis, president of LTACH at Select Medical.

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based Select Medical operates 11 LTACHs in Michigan and more than 100 nationwide, providing Spectrum with an experienced partner in operating its own LTACH.

"We are pleased to team with Select Medical to offer long-term acute care in Grand Rapids," said Tina Freese Decker, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group.

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