POST FALLS, Idaho--North Idaho health experts welcomed a brand new rehab hospital in Post Falls on Wednesday.
The facility held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday night. Some patients in the Coeur d’Alene area previously had to travel to Spokane for rehabilitation.
Administrators, nurses and patients welcomed North Idaho’s newest hospital. The hospital provides rehab for patient’s recovering from acute injuries, like strokes and brain damage.
The $13 million facility has 30 beds and planned to eventually employ around 100 people.
The hospital began accepting patients in December but just fully opened Wednesday night.
The hospital is primarily owned by a company out of New Mexico. Kootenai Health controls a quarter of the hospital and refers patient’s there. Kootenai Health once had their own rehab center but it has since shut down.
While patients headed to Spokane, it meant millions of dollars were leaving North Idaho and heading out of state.
The rehab hospital will accept patients from all over North Idaho. They said they are treating patients as far south as Moscow.