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PeaceHealth, Lifepoint Rehabilitation Receive OHA Approval for New Rehabilitation Hospital in Springfield

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The facility is expected to open in January 2026

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – PeaceHealth and Lifepoint Rehabilitation, a business unit of Lifepoint Health, are excited to announce that they have received regulatory approval, through a certificate of need with the Oregon Health Authority, to construct a 67,000-square foot inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Springfield.

The standalone building, which will feature 42 inpatient beds with additional space for future expansion, will be located on International Way in Springfield, next to PeaceHealth’s existing RiverBend Annex. Groundbreaking on the facility is planned for October 2024 with an official opening in January 2026.

“We are very excited to bring new and expanded inpatient rehabilitation services to Lane County,” said Alicia Beymer, Chief Administrative Officer at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. “Our current rehabilitation unit inside RiverBend is rated one of the best on the West Coast and this new standalone facility will take that already outstanding care to another level.”

The new facility will feature the region’s first brain injury unit and increase capacity over PeaceHealth and Lifepoint Rehabilitation’s current 27-bed unit at RiverBend.

“We are pleased to see this project move forward with the approval of the Oregon Health Authority,” said David Stark, chief operating officer, Lifepoint Rehabilitation. “This is further confirmation of the community need for increased access to specialized rehabilitation care, and we look forward to beginning construction in partnership with PeaceHealth. We know that expanding capacity for inpatient rehabilitation care is vital to our mission of making communities healthier, and we look forward to the day we welcome patients to this new hospital.”

The hospital, which will be majority owned by PeaceHealth through a joint venture board of directors with Lifepoint Rehabilitation, will provide intensive nursing, physical, occupational and speech pathology services for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, brain or spinal cord injury, and other debilitating illnesses or injuries. This expansion will increase access to inpatient rehabilitation services in the region, addressing a significant community need and allowing patients to stay closer to home for care. Lifepoint Rehabilitation will manage the day-to-day operations of the facility.

In addition to size, the new facility will expand therapies and upgrade equipment—such as a mock apartment, a car to practice entering and exiting, a kitchen for cooking, exoskeleton equipment, and an outdoor therapy area. 

Upon completion, this new PeaceHealth facility will join Lifepoint Rehabilitation’s growing network of more than 40 inpatient rehabilitation facilities across the country. 

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a medical group practice with more than 1,100 providers and nine medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at

About Lifepoint Rehabilitation: With more than 40 freestanding inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), Lifepoint Rehabilitation is a partner of choice for many major hospital systems in the creation of joint venture operations that are industry-leading in clinical and financial outcomes. Through its IRFs and more than 250 hospital-based rehabilitation units, medical/surgical and outpatient therapy settings, Lifepoint Rehabilitation brings proven rehabilitation management and services expertise to help our patients recover and return home quickly from a number of conditions, including strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, amputations and trauma. Lifepoint Rehabilitation is a business unit of Brentwood, Tennessee-based Lifepoint Health. 

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