Dayton rehabilitation hospital taking shape near Miami Valley campus

The frame of a new $27 million Dayton rehabilitation hospital is taking shape just south of downtown.

The new Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio is on track to open in spring of 2020 at the corner of South Main and Apple streets, next to the Miami Valley Hospital campus.

Work kicked off in November on the hospital, which is a joint venture by Premier Health and Encompass Health.

Dayton-based Premier is the parent company of Miami Valley Hospital. The health system had $1.8 billion in revenue for 2018.

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The new rehab hospital will have 60 inpatient beds and serve patients recovering from conditions including stroke and other neurological disorders, spinal-cord injuries, brain injuries, complex orthopedic conditions and amputation.

The new Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio will combine Miami Valley’s inpatient rehab unit with Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital of Dayton, which is now at Elizabeth Place on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard.

“This space may be steel and dirt for now; but in spring 2020, this will be a place where patients will discover hope and restored independence,” Lynne Blinco, CEO of the future inpatient rehabilitation hospital, said previously during the ground breaking.

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The project is contracted to architect Gresham Smith, Doster Construction and Admiral Engineering.

The freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital will have a therapy gym, an in-house pharmacy, a dialysis area, a courtyard, a dining room and day room areas.

Premier Health has also been expanding and renovating its flagship Miami Valley Hospital.

In September, the hospital announced it was building out the 10th and 11th floors of its southeast tower, which were left as empty space in 2010 to leave room for expansion.

The hospital opened an upgraded 36-bed neuroscience advanced care unit on the 10th floor and an upgraded 36-bed neuroscience intensive care unit on the 11th floor.

Premier also jointly owns the former fairgrounds property with University of Dayton, which are in the early stages of planning a redevelopment of the 38-acre property.

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