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MEDICAL

Compiled by Leslie Berkman, Times staff writer

American Medical International Inc. said it has entered a joint venture to build a $13.4-million medical rehabilitation hospital next to the acute general hospital it is building in Irvine.

The 80-bed facility, to be called Irvine Rehabilitation Hospital, is a joint venture between American Medical International, a Beverly Hills-based hospital chain, and Continental Medical Systems of Mechanicsburg, Pa., a publicly held company that has 12 rehabilitation centers operating or under construction in 11 states.

Among Continental Medical Systems’ hospitals is Western Neuro Care Center, a 57-bed hospital in Tustin that specializes in head trauma, coma and ventilator-dependent patients.

The new rehabilitation hospital will be next to AMI’s Irvine Medical Center, a 177-bed general hospital under construction at Sand Canyon Avenue and Alton Parkway. The hospital is scheduled to open in a year. Construction on the rehabilitation center is scheduled to begin in the spring.

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The new rehabilitation facility will provide inpatient and outpatient programs in the areas of physical, psychological, vocational, speech, recreational and occupational therapy for adults. It will also offer a 10-bed program for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries.


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