Kindred Healthcare, LLC (“Kindred”) and Antelope Valley Hospital today announced a joint venture to build and operate a 125,000-square-foot, two-story hospital in Lancaster, California, in northern Los Angeles County, which will include 96 behavioral health beds and 25 acute inpatient rehabilitation beds.

The facility will provide a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services, including crisis stabilization for acute mental health and substance use disorders; detoxification from alcohol and drugs; and treatment for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other behavioral health illnesses. The hospital will also include an acute rehabilitation unit that will help adults who have experienced a loss of function or disability due to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, orthopedic surgery and other conditions. The rehabilitation unit will feature all private rooms and provide intense, interdisciplinary rehabilitation therapies and medical care to improve patients’ functional independence and help them return home.

“Kindred is dedicated to providing hope, healing and recovery for the most medically complex patients – a mission that naturally extends to those suffering from behavioral health illnesses,” said Jason Zachariah, Kindred’s Chief Operating Officer and President of Kindred Rehabilitation Services. “This joint venture specialty hospital will be Kindred’s first hospital that provides both behavioral health and inpatient rehabilitation services. This combination of services is designed to meet the needs of the Antelope Valley community and is an example of how Kindred sets itself apart by developing innovative and flexible solutions that meet the unique care needs of health systems we partner with across the country.”

“With scarce behavioral health resources in the Antelope Valley, and the highest percentage of adults diagnosed with depression in LA County, we didn’t hesitate at the opportunity to partner with Kindred Healthcare to bring additional mental health resources to the Antelope Valley. AVH’s mental health unit has seen over 500 patients just this year. For this reason, it’s important to provide a multidisciplinary approach to this growing health problem,” said AVH CEO Edward Mirzabegian. “This unique facility will also allow AVH to expand its rehabilitation services to ensure patient safety and enhance patients’ functional level prior to discharge from the hospital. This partnership is a win-win for both the hospital and the AV community.”