Construction has begun on Reunion Rehabilitation Hospital at Emerald Parkway and Summer Drive in Dublin, according to a Feb. 3 press release from real estate developer America Development & Investment.

According to the release, the inpatient rehabilitation facility will provide physical and occupational therapies for patients discharged from acute care hospitals and will bring more than 100 full-time jobs to the area.

The 46,359 square-foot facility will have 40 beds, according to the release.

Patients will be able to be treated for injuries and conditions such as strokes, amputations, severe burns, spinal injuries, hip fractures and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, according to the release.

Perkins & Will, a Dallas-based design firm, is designing the facility and Texas-based Nobis Rehabilitation Partners will manage it, according to the release.

Jeff Jones, a partner with America Development & Investment, said the $16 million construction project is expected to take about a year. He said he hopes to open the facility in January or February of 2021.

America Development & Investment chose Dublin partially because of the city’s reputation as a quality town and place to live, Jones said.

“That certainly factored into our decision,” he said.

Sue Burness, the city of Dublin's director of communications and public information, said the city is pleased to welcome Dublin Reunion Rehabilitation Hospital. "It will provide another health care option for residents seeking inpatient rehabilitation," she said. 

Other acute care rehabilitation hospitals exist in the Columbus market, but most are located either centrally in Columbus or in the northeast portion of Franklin County, Jones said.

Residents in the northwest portion of Columbus might find the Dublin location more convenient than traveling to downtown Columbus or Ohio State University, he said.

Jones said the Dublin facility will be for patients that need an interim facility after leaving a hospital, but before returning to their residences.

“All we do is rehabilitation,” he said.

Rather than offering outpatient therapy, the rehabilitation hospital will be solely focused on inpatient service, he said.

The national average has patients staying about 13 days in rehabilitation facilities, he said.

Sometimes, those with severe strokes could stay for 30 days, while other patients with less severe health issues might stay only five or six days, he said.

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