CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Better medical care for treating trauma patients will soon be more accessible for southern Indiana families.
Crews are out working every day in the cold to make sure the Cobalt Medical Rehabilitation Hospital will be finished in just a few months, ready to open by the summer. The new hospital is being built near Veterans Parkway, the latest in a series of new businesses moving into the area.
At the corner of Progress Way and Broadway, progress is being made each day to build the new hospital. The work being done each day sits tucked away behind recently opened businesses and restaurants along Veterans Parkway.
“I think it’s a sign that the retail was a great boon for us out in this development corridor, but other jobs are following,” Clarksville Redevelopment Director Dylan Fisher said.
The Cobalt Medical Rehabilitation Hospital won’t have a surgery or emergency room on site.
“They’ll be taking patients on transfer from other facilities for specificially, motor, speech and brain trauma rehabilitation,” Fisher said. “So, if you’re an individual that’s involved in a car accident or something like that and is having trouble with motor skills or speech skills, this is a facility where they would come, stay long term and complete their rehabilitation efforts.”
The new facility is a unique and needed addition to the area.
“They wanted to be on the Indiana side of the river; they felt there was a market here that was underserved so they elected to build their 42-bed facility here in Clarksville,” Fisher said.
The addition of the new facility helps the Clarksville economy, and also provides a heightened quality of life, allowing people in southern Indiana and their families to be treated near their home.
“It’s probably been 10 years since a major medical treatment facility like this was built in southern Indiana, perhaps longer,” One Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Dant Chesser said. “But it gives us an opportunity to see if the climate is right for us to continue this growth.”
The 67,000-square-foot facility brings a $25-million investment to Clarksville.
Fisher said this won’t be the sole hospital under construction town for long. Work will soon begin on a 21-bed geriatric psychiatric hospital off Greentree Boulevard nearby, providing a care facility through Assurance Health that’s been in the works for a few years.
“Assurance Health actually came to us first but Cobalt was able to get their project done a little sooner,” Fisher said. “We’re happy to have them; we’re happy to have both of them.”
The Cobalt Medical Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to provide between 150 and 200 jobs when completed.