Select Medical partners with University of Florida

Lower Allen Township-based Select Medical Holdings Corp. has formed a management partnership with the University of Florida Health involving a pair of rehab hospitals in Gainesville, Fla.

Under the partnership, Select Medical will assist the Florida-based health system in operating the Shands Rehab Hospital in Gainesville, Fla, while UF Health will become a co-owner of Select Medical’s Select Specialty Hospital in the same city, a news release said.

“We have the chance to work with a successful organization to elevate the continuum of rehab services available for our patients,” said Ed Jimenez, CEO of Shands Rehab.

Shands Rehab is a 40-bed acute rehab hospital for patients who have suffered strokes, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, burns or major joint replacements, according to its website.

Under what Select Medical and UF Health are referring to as an “interim management services agreement,” Select Medical will assist hospital operations through the end of the year and into early 2017.

Over the longer term, Select Medical is expected to share ownership of the hospital and oversee its operations.

Part of that plan will address the hospital’s struggles with capacity and lack of private patient rooms, among other things. 

Select Specialty Hospital–Gainesville, the other facility covered by the new agreement, provides care for patients with acute or chronic respiratory disorders.

Select Medical will continue to operate the hospital, but UF College of Medicine physicians will join its medical staff.

The long-term collaboration between Select Medical and UF Health is expected to enhance specialized health care in the Gainesville area, according to Bill Pegler, vice president of operations for Select Medical’s inpatient rehabilitation hospitals.

Lenay Ruhl

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