State regulators have approved construction of a 60-bed rehabilitation hospital in southwest Missouri.
The Mercy Hospital system says the 63,000-square-foot facility will be located in southeastern Springfield, close to the existing Mercy Orthopedic Hospital. Groundbreaking is expected in March.
Mercy officials say the need for rehabilitation services in the region has outgrown the 35 beds at its main hospital in Springfield. The new facility will have amenities such as outdoor walking trails and special gymnasiums for patients recovering from strokes, brain or spinal cord injuries, amputations and other conditions.
The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee gave final approval to the $28 million project on Monday.