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First Choice Rehabilitation Specialists Joins Select Medical

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Select Medical announced it has become the majority owner of First Choice Rehabilitation Specialists, a well-known provider of physical therapy in the greater Harrisburg area. First Choice's 13 clinics join the Select Medical family with a 25-year reputation for providing high-quality rehabilitation in outpatient settings.

Together, First Choice and another Select Medical brand known as Select Physical Therapy will offer physical therapy and related services at 18 convenient locations in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Lebanon, Upper Dauphin County and Perry County.  

"Patients and referral sources alike will benefit from this new partnership between two trusted names in physical therapy," said Michael Collins, P.T, ATC, MBA, a regional director for Select Medical's outpatient division.

"We are excited about this opportunity because we share similar cultures and philosophies regarding patient care," said Ken Lennington, P.T., a co-owner of First Choice Rehabilitation Specialists. "I believe a combined Select Physical Therapy and First Choice will strengthen our leadership position in the local health care community. Together, we intend to remain focused on how we can help each other and our community have easier access to the best available treatments."

Nationally, Select Medical is the industry leader in providing physical and hand therapy services. It also owns or operates well-known providers such as Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Centers, Kessler Rehabilitation Centers, Kentucky Orthopedic Rehabilitation Team (KORT), and NovaCare Rehabilitation. All combined, Select Medical's national outpatient network includes more than 950 outpatient centers in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Its centers all conform to similar standards of excellence in providing preventative and rehabilitative services that maximize function and physical well-being for patients of all ages and abilities.

Locally, Select Medical also owns and operates three long-term acute care hospitals in the area, including Select Specialty Hospital-Harrisburg, Select Specialty Hospital-Camp Hill and Select Specialty Hospital-York. Select Medical also operates Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, a medical rehabilitation hospital jointly owned with Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Based in Mechanicsburg, Penn., Select Medical employs more than 1,000 in the greater Harrisburg area and another 27,000 nationally.

For more information on Select Medical's outpatient division or any of its other services, visit

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