Group bringing rehabilitation hospital, 120 jobs to Longview

Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals

Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals of Dallas could begin construction within 60 days on the new organization’s first inpatient acute rehabilitation facility, which is planned for Loop 281 in Longview.

The 36-bed, 38,000-square-foot facility will be on the north side of the loop, east of Berry Family Pools, according to Mark Coleman, broker/owner of Park Village Properties.

The facility has an estimated construction cost of $10 million, with another couple of million in equipment and furnishings.

Coleman is handling the sale of the approximately 6 acres of land for the hospital. The land is carved from a larger 50-acre tract that Coleman has been marketing for commercial development in that area.

Everest Rehabilitation Hospital of Longview would employ 57 people when it opens and eventually increase that number to 120 employees, said Everest CEO and co-founder Jay Quintana. A later planned expansion would add another 36 beds and more employees.

“Our goal is to bring this service to the residents of Longview so they don’t have to travel out of the area for physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy and speech therapy,” Quintana said, adding the hospital would focus on brain injury, stroke and concussion patients. “The more acute patients tend to leave short term acute care rehab units to get intense physical rehabilitation. ... So, we’re going to bring a different service to the area.”

Quintana said he has 26 years of health care industry experience, operating rehabilitation facilities, long-term acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities for other companies. Everest is a group of industry executives who decided to collaborate and take the “best practices” from rehabilitation facilities to focus on patient protocol. The company focus is on treating patients as intensely as possible so they can return home.

“It all has to do with training,” Quintana said. “Our clinical team will train the local clinicians with protocols that are utilized in larger markets. That way they’ll be able to use these techniques at home.

“We’re excited about Longview being our first city. We’ve looked at 85 to 120 markets, and we really feel strongly about the Longview market,” Quintana said. “We feel strongly about the patients that are traveling to Tyler and other areas for treatment.”

Marc Sparks, part of an investment group involved in funding and developing the project, said the hospital would be completed in 11 to 13 months after work begins, depending on weather. The facility expects to draw patients from about a 30-mile radius.

Everest also plans to open hospitals in Temple and Brownsville, Sparks said.

“As we continue to identify bed needs, we’ll continue to expand,” he said.

Coleman said the hope is that the hospital’s location on that property attracts ancillary or other types of businesses to the remaining vacant property he represents in that area. The remaining approximate 40 acres could be developed in one piece or split up.

“We’ve had some other people express interest,” Coleman said. “With this happening, I think it will get some more people interested.”

City of Longview spokesman Shawn Hara said city officials are in discussions with Everest regarding a possible agreement for sharing the costs of extending city utilities to the hospital property.

It would provide service to the hospital but also open other property in that area for development. Any agreement would have to be approved by the City Council.