Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Kindred Rehabilitation Services Plan New Rehabilitation Hospital

“For more than 60 years, Dodd faculty and staff have delivered excellence to our patients, visitors and communities. We are excited to build on this legacy and partner with KRS on our shared vision to provide patients and their families with cutting-edge acute rehabilitation care,” said Jay Anderson, Chief Operating Officer of Ohio State Wexner Medical. Center. . “We chose to build this new hospital in Columbus in an area with easy access to major transportation arteries. This will ensure patients throughout central Ohio have convenient access to comprehensive and specialized rehabilitation medical services.

Ohio State and KRS will co-own and operate the new hospital. The medical center will provide healthcare oversight with a medical director in charge of clinical guidelines, best practices, and quality and safety measures. KRS management will oversee day-to-day operations. The two will have a shared responsibility to the hospital’s Joint Oversight Committee. All faculty and staff working at the new hospital will remain Ohio State employees and continue to be valued members of the Buckeye family. The partners plan to add approximately 75 new jobs in clinical and support roles.

“As Central Ohio grows rapidly, so does the need for exceptional rehabilitation care,” said Amanda Lucas, executive director of clinical operations for the Ohio State Neurological Institute and executive director of Ohio State Harding. Hospital. “We are proud to work with KRS to meet this community need, and we look forward to the many ways this partnership will transform rehabilitation care in central Ohio.”

The new hospital will offer 80 private patient beds, an acquired brain injury treatment unit, multidisciplinary therapy gymnasiums, an outdoor therapy courtyard and more amenities to help patients and their families focus on their recovery. It will enhance Ohio State’s research capabilities to advance rehabilitation technologies and treatments. Residents and medical students will also have resources to facilitate learning in specialties supporting inpatient rehabilitation.

“We are thrilled to partner with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center to build and operate this new specialty hospital in Columbus,” said Russ Bailey, president of Kindred Rehabilitation Services. “Both Ohio State and Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital have an excellent reputation for providing high quality, compassionate care to those they serve. As the need for inpatient rehabilitation care continues to grow in the community, we look forward to working together to expand access to these essential services and advance our mission of building healthier communities.

Through this partnership, KRS and The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center will deliver on their shared commitment to exceptional patient care and outcomes. Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital is one of the “Best Hospitals” ranked by US News and World Report, and KRS facilities have been recognized as some of America’s Best Rehabilitation Hospitals by Newsweek. KRS operates more than 30 inpatient rehabilitation facilities in 18 states. It has clinical affiliations with over 300 colleges and universities across the country.

The three-story facility is expected to open in 2025.


Wexner Ohio State Medical Center Media Contact

Marti Leitch


Kindred Rehabilitation Services Media Contact

Aileen Bennett



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