Mountain States expanding inpatient rehab, skilled nursing services with new partnerships


Former North Side Hospital property to be redeveloped for skilled nursing, assisted living community

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States Health Alliance officials announced two key partnerships Wednesday morning designed to expand and enhance rehabilitation and skilled nursing services for the Tri-Cities area.

Mountain States has entered into a definitive agreement with HealthSouth Corporation to create a joint venture partnership that will expand services at Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital. Quillen currently operates 26 inpatient rehabilitation beds, and HealthSouth intends to add at least 10 beds to better serve the needs of the local community. The facility will continue to be known as Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital.

Separately, Mountain States officials have also signed a letter of intent with Signature HealthCARE to develop an assisted living community and skilled nursing facility on the campus of the old North Side Hospital on Princeton Road. The old hospital will be demolished, and a new patient- and family-friendly care community will be constructed in its place. The new facility is expected to have 47 skilled nursing beds and 60 assisted living beds in all.

“After an illness, people want to get back to what they love to do,” said Alan Levine, Mountain States president and CEO. “Our mission is to help them regain their independence and be as active as they can be. We’re excited about these new partnerships because we believe they will enhance the great work our people are already doing.”

The redevelopment and construction component of the new agreements is expected to be a plus for the Johnson City business community.

“Economic growth is important to all businesses, and we hope that this investment will help spark growth and development in the surrounding area,” said Levine.

Washington County Economic Development Council members expressed their support of the new partnerships on Wednesday.

“Mountain States Health Alliance has always been a strong contributor to the economy of our region, and now with the addition of resources from HealthSouth and Signature HealthCARE will enhance that economic contribution even more,” said Mitch Miller, president and CEO of the Washington County Economic Development Council.  “The expansion of services at Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital and redevelopment of the old North Side property represent not only health care and construction jobs for our area, but also the potential for growth in other business sectors with  the increased activity that two prominent medical facilities will provide in that portion of Johnson City.”

HealthSouth and Signature are both already part of the Tri-Cities community. HealthSouth operates two other inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the area: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. and The Rehabilitation Hospital of Southwest Virginia in Bristol, Va. Signature operates Signature HealthCARE of Greeneville, Pine Ridge Care & Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethton, Mountain City Care & Rehabilitation Center, and Signature HealthCARE of Rogersville.

About Mountain States Health Alliance
Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of 14 hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, two long-term care facilities, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, a comprehensive medical management corporation, and the region’s only provider-owned health insurance company. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is the nation’s largest owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in terms of patients treated and discharged, revenues and number of hospitals. Operating in 28 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics and home health agencies. HealthSouth’s hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at

About Signature HealthCARE

Signature HealthCARE is a growing long-term care, rehabilitation and health care provider with 96 locations in eight states and 16,000 employees. Nearly half of Signature's facilities have 4-star or 5-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In 2013, the company was named one of Modern Healthcare's 'Best Places to Work' for the third time. Signature's culture was built on three organizational pillars: Learning, Spirituality and Intra-preneurship. For more about Signature, visit

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