Injury Rehab Hospital means jobs, expanded health service

The building going up at the northeast corner of Dysart and Bell roads is the city’s newest entry in the health care service arena: an injury rehabilitation hospital.

“It’s about service to our veterans, our community and it’s also about job creation,” said Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “Cobalt’s $15 million investment will have an immediate and lasting impact on our growing reputation as a community of good jobs and excellent health services.”

Operated by Dallas-based Cobalt Partners, the 40-bed facility will specialize in brain injured patients such as returning veterans, first responders and athletes, although the general public will also find treatment options there when the facility opens next summer.
The rehabilitation hospital is expected to employ about 125 people. Surprise and Cobalt will collaborate to find training opportunities at the hospital for future health care professionals, Wolcott added,

“Cobalt brings state of the art treatment to Surprise, which can attract high level practitioners, which in turn can attract additional health care facilities,” she said. “Our community welcomes and supports such high quality, professional development.”

Cobalt is a private healthcare real estate development and investment company that partners with physicians and local communities in building successful healthcare facilities. Cobalt has rehabilitation hospitals in Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. The City Council unanimously approved an agreement in November of 2013 which calls for the City to pay $160,000 in building permit and plan review fees.