Methodist Charlton Announces Plans for Select Medical to Offer Long Term Acute Care Services on Campus

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Methodist Charlton Medical Center today announced that Select Medical, an independent provider, will offer long-term acute care on the campus of the medical facility. Named Select Specialty Hospital – Dallas, the new 69-bed unit will provide highly specialized care to promote recovery from the most critical and complex medical and surgical conditions. Long-term care is designed to offer patients a longer length of stay and a more resource-intensive level of physician and nursing care, respiratory services and individualized therapies. Select’s lease of space within the hospital to independently operate a long term care unit will expand the breadth of critical care services and the continuum of care offered to patients within the Methodist Charlton service area.

“Methodist’s vision for the future is to be the trusted provider of integrated quality health care in North Texas,” says Methodist Charlton President Jonathan Davis, FACHE. “The lease entered into with Select is a great example of our collective efforts to make compassionate, high quality, efficient, and effective health care available to families in Southwest Dallas. This is another step forward for Methodist Charlton in working with post acute care providers to support the needs of our patients. We are excited about this development and I look forward to continuing our efforts to improve quality and the continuum of care for our medical community and patients.”

“The addition of Select to the Methodist Charlton campus will help extend the acute care capabilities for the entire Southwest Dallas community,” said Jeffrey T. Jennings, chief executive officer of Select Medical’s Select Specialty Hospital in Dallas. “Whether it is weaning chronically critically ill patients from mechanical ventilators, delivering expert wound care, or helping patients with a number of other medically complex conditions, our hospital’s clinical team stands ready to help.”

The lease of space to Select for the operation of a long-term care unit independent of the hospital is occurring at the same time as a $27 million facility expansion and renovation plan at Methodist Charlton. The expansion includes completion of three floors in the recently opened patient care tower of which 36 are new patient care beds; and relocation of the post coronary intensive care unit to support expanded cardiology services. The long-term care unit operated by Select will be located in renovated space of the original bed tower. The unit is expected to open fall 2012.