ClearSky Health will open an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Avondale.
The facility’s groundbreaking is set for April, with construction expected to last about 13 months. The 30-bed hospital at 109th Avenue and West McDowell Road will provide 100 new jobs to the city and treat 650 patients annually.
“We really are focused on looking at areas of the community that are underserved with inpatient rehab,” said Jessie Smedley, chief operating officer with ClearSky Health. “And we really are passionate about that type of post-acute care we provide to patients who have suffered disabling illnesses or injuries like strokes or brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, hip fractures and other trauma.”
Avondale’s ClearSky Health will be the company’s first in Arizona, as there are five other hospitals in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.
“One of the things we’re excited about coming into the Avondale community is we recognize there was not a local inpatient rehab hospital in that part of the area,” Smedley said.
“And we believe that people heal better when they’re closer to their loved ones and know that by providing that service to the community that we’re now giving them an option that’s just around the corner, and you’re not having to drive across town.”
Slated to open in 2022, the 43,000-square-foot facility will feature amenities like private rooms, a rehab gym and dining room.
Additionally, the rehab services will include physical, occupational and speech therapy, rehabilitative nursing, case management, respiratory therapy, dietary services and other specialized care.
“We’re investing in the community, not only with a building and a service line but also as a community partner, and we’re excited about what’s happening in your community,” Smedley said.
In addition to the health care services that will be available to the public, Smedley said she is excited to see ClearSky Health continue to grow and gain the trust of Arizonans.
“You’ll see that one of the things that our values and beliefs is we’re authentic. We’re hopeful. We’re accountable. We’re innovative. Those are all the things that will work alongside your health care leaders that are already there and hope to enhance it and just become a partner,” Smedley said.