The Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area's medical community is poised to grow significantly in 2013 with several major new medical projects projected to open this year. In fact one of the local economies strongest sectors will undoubtedly be health care with all that is new and improved ,and as baby boomers continue to reach their retirement age.
To add to the local health care sector growth comes last months announcement of a new rehabilitation hospital that will be built in Post Falls. The new hospital will be called the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest and will be constructed on vacant land to the east of the existing Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital on Cecil Rd,near Mullan Ave.
The project is a joint venture between Kootenai Health and New Mexico based Earnest Health,who is also the operator of the Advanced Care Hospital next door. The new rehab hospital is set to cost 11 million dollars to build and will open in the fall of 2013.
Once open the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest will have 30 patient beds and approximately 120 new employees in a brand new 33,000 square foot structure. The ground breaking ceremony took place back on Dec. 12th and construction is projected to begin sometime in the spring.