New Rehabilitation Hospital to Open in December under New Agreement Announced by Mercy and Lifepoint Rehabilitation

October 20, 2022

Mercy and Lifepoint Rehabilitation, a business unit of Lifepoint Health, today announced a joint venture agreement for the new Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital South. The new facility is scheduled to open by the end of the year on the campus of Mercy Hospital South.

Lifepoint Rehabilitation will manage the day-to-day operations of the $37 million, two-story, standalone 50-bed acute rehabilitation hospital. The hospital will provide care for adults recovering from conditions such as neurological disease, injury to the brain or spinal cord and other debilitating illnesses or injuries. It will have two units – one catering to the needs of brain injury patients, including stroke victims, and the other serving general acute rehabilitation needs.

Mercy doctor's coat Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital South is scheduled to open on the campus of Mercy Hospital South by the end of 2022.

“We want to meet the needs of our community, which let us know they need improved access to acute rehab care here in south county,” said Sean Hogan, president of Mercy Hospital South. “That became even more critical during the pandemic, when we were forced to cut the number of patients we could serve by half because we could have no more than one patient per room due to COVID-19. Not only will we now be able to care for more patients, every patient will have a private room.” 

Mercy doctor's coat The therapy gym located inside Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital South.

The new rehab hospital will replace the existing Mercy Rehabilitation Services – South located within Mercy Hospital South.

“This new facility will greatly benefit our rehab patients by providing them access to the latest technology and equipment available. That includes an outdoor courtyard with a pickleball court and other amenities that provide a little fun during the rehabilitation process,” Hogan said.

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital South will be the sixth hospital operated jointly by Mercy and Lifepoint Rehabilitation, formerly Kindred Rehabilitation Services. This successful partnership started 15 years ago with Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital St. Louis and now has a footprint across three states, with additional locations in Springfield, Missouri; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and two in Oklahoma City.

“We are pleased to build on our relationship with Mercy and increase access to rehabilitation services in the St. Louis area,” said Donna Flannery, regional vice president of operations for Lifepoint Rehabilitation. “Our partnership and this new facility will increase the community of therapists, nurses and other health care professionals dedicated to providing high-quality inpatient rehabilitation services and passionate advocacy for patients in south St. Louis County.”

mercy-rehabilitation-hospital-south-stl-2 The therapy courtyard located outside of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital South.