Select Medical announces an expansion of its joint venture agreement with OhioHealth to combine operations of 38 physical therapy centers throughout Central Ohio.

As part of the partnership, OhioHealth will be majority owner and Select Medical will serve as managing partner.

“We are honored to broaden our partnership with OhioHealth to deliver expanded outpatient rehabilitative patient care in Ohio,” says David S. Chernow, president and CEO of Mechanicsburg, Pa-headquartered Select Medical, in a media release.

Under the agreement, the combined outpatient rehabilitation services will include 22 NovaCare Rehabilitation centers, owned by Select Medical, and 16 OhioHealth centers.  All are currently operating in the region.

“This growing partnership underscores our mission to improve the health of those we serve,” comments Steve Markovich, MD, executive vice president, OhioHealth. “The addition of 22 NovaCare Rehabilitation centers to the existing OhioHealth network will allow patients to have better access to affordable, quality care in their communities.”

Select Medical and OhioHealth formed the initial joint venture in 2013 to operate OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. The 44-bed hospital treats stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury patients, per the release.

[Source(s): Select Medical, PR Newswire]