Everest plans rehabilitation hospital for Viera

This is an artist rendering of Everest Rehabilitation Hospital, which will open in Viera.


A Dallas-based hospital company has announced plans for a 36-bed physical-rehabilitation facility in Viera in the near future.

But details remain sketchy.

Jay Quintana, the founder and chief executive officer of Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals Inc., this month announced plans to build a $24 million, 40,000-square-foot, single-story hospital on 4.1 acres in the western part of Viera.

Quintana estimated the new Viera facility would bring 100 jobs to Brevard County.

His Oct. 1 announcement followed previous announcements to build similar hospitals in Kissimmee, Ocoee, Winter Haven, West Palm Beach and St. Petersburg. All would follow the same 36-bed plan, with designs to add an additional 17 beds if needed.

Everest already has hospitals in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Ohio, Quintana said.

“We firmly believe that patients thrive exponentially when their environment and their level of care far exceed their expectations,” Quintana said in a statement. “The level of care in our acute rehabilitation hospital setting cannot be provided at other levels of care, such as skilled nursing facilities.”

Everest would provide physical therapy on a one-to-one basis, therapist to patient, five to seven days a week, daily visits by rehabilitation doctors and nurse attendance 24 hours a day, he said.

The new Viera facility would serve patients recovering from strokes, brain injury and other neurological problems. It would include physical-therapy gyms for inpatient and outpatient use, aqua therapy, in-house dialysis, in-house pharmacy, family-gathering areas and an “extra large” dining hall and patio, Quintana said in his statement.

Contacted for this report, Quintana said he is currently seeking Brevard County building permits.

“Our start time is dependent on this,” he said, adding that the completion time would also depend on permitting.

As of Oct. 20, Brevard County Planning and Development had not received a permit application for the Everest Rehabilitation Hospital project.

Quintana says his project is targeted for Viera’s “Medical District,” an area roughly centered on Stadium Parkway and North Wickham Road. But he didn’t specify the location further.

Since all six proposed Florida hospitals are supposed to be the same design, at $24 million each, that means a construction cost of $144 million.

Quintana said he’s prepared to start building all the hospitals at once, as soon as they’re all permitted by their cities.

Everest’s Viera facility would be near the Viera Hospital, one of four hospitals owned by the Rockledge-based Health First Inc.

But Quintana said he doesn’t plan to compete with Health First, but rather to complement its efforts.

“We focus on short-term stays to get patients as independent and functional as possible,” he said.

Health First spokesman Lance Skelly said he was unfamiliar with the Everest proposal and couldn't comment on it.