Kindred Healthcare, LLC (“Kindred”) and Palomar Health today announced the opening of Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute, a 52-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Escondido, California, a city in north San Diego County.

Palomar Health provides the most comprehensive health care in North San Diego County through its two medical centers and more than 900 affiliated medical providers serving more than half a million people. Palomar Health is San Diego County’s only member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and is nationally recognized as operating one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals. Beginning in July 2000, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services began managing the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Palomar Health’s Downtown Escondido Campus. Kindred also operates a long-term acute care hospital in the region.

Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute is dedicated to the treatment and recovery of individuals who have experienced a loss of function due to an injury or illness. The hospital offers intensive, patient-focused, specialized rehabilitation services with specialty programs dedicated to neuro, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation. The hospital has all private rooms; a secured acquired brain injury unit; in-room dialysis; and large multidisciplinary therapy gymnasiums with the latest therapeutic technologies, including augmented reality balance training, therapy bionics and a full body exoskeleton. In addition, the hospital features a therapeutic courtyard with varied surfaces; and a transitional living apartment designed to simulate a residential home to prepare patients for their daily living tasks before they are discharged home. For more information about Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute, go to

“Our quality-focused collaboration with Palomar Health will allow this new hospital to provide increased access to rehabilitation services in the San Diego County and Southern California region,” said Russ Bailey, President, Kindred Rehabilitation Services. “The Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute will be dedicated to passionately advocating for, and providing hope, healing and recovery to, patients in its care.”

“We are thrilled to offer our community the highest quality of care through exceptionally skilled staff using the latest technology in a home-like environment,” said Palomar Health Chief Operating Officer Sheila Brown. “The location is easily accessible for the millions of people living in the region who want to support their loved one’s journey back to health.”