AP&S successfully represented Encompass Health in its Certificate of Need Application to establish a 50-bed Rehabilitation Hospital Center in Johnston, Rhode Island. On August 26, 2020, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Nicole Alexander-Scott, M.D., MPH, issued her decision approving the Application. Encompass’ proposal will establish a specialty hospital facility to provide physician-driven, intensive inpatient rehabilitative care, requiring more than one therapy modality, for medically complex patients. The $42.5 million project will provide approximately 100 union construction jobs in the short term and result in over 160 full-time employees.
The AP&S team of attorneys Pat Rocha, Richard Beretta, Jr., and Leslie Parker worked with Encompass to prepare the extensive certificate of need application, present at four Health Services Council meetings, respond to numerous public comments and the Rhode Island Department of Health’s expert consultant, and navigate the governing statutory and regulatory issues. As a result of these efforts, Encompass will now be able to provide access to its proven quality inpatient rehabilitation services to Rhode Island patients and their families – including those suffering strokes, traumatic brain injuries and neurological disorders.