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Memorial Hospital partners with national company on rehab center

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is on 13th Street.
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is on 13th Street.

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has entered into a partnership with HealthSouth Corp. to jointly operate the medical center’s 33-bed physical rehabilitation unit, officials announced Tuesday.

The inpatient unit will remain at 4500 13th St. and there will be no interruption in patient care.

The unit serves patients who have suffered strokes, trauma, brain and orthopedic injuries and other major illnesses or injuries, according to a press release from Memorial.

HealthSouth, one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute health-care services, operates in 35 states and Puerto Rico.

“Given the Medicare program’s increasing emphasis on the standardization of rehabilitation services,” said Gary G. Marchand, Memorial president and CEO, “we determined that a national partner will be in the best position to monitor ongoing regulatory actions, promote referral relationships throughout the region and attain the growth necessary for rehabilitation services to be viable over the long-term.”

Regina Zilbermints: 228-896-2340, @RZilbermints

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