Acute Rehabilitation Units


If you need help determining if an acute rehabilitation unit is appropriate for you or if you would like to make a referral, please contact one of the specific locations below.

Program Goal

The goal of Mercy Health Acute Rehabilitation Units is to ensure an optimum level of recovery while providing cost-effective outcomes for our patients. Each unit has a medical director who is a physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist), as well as other physiatrists on staff who will coordinate the efforts of the rehabilitation team to help our patients reach their highest level of functional independence before returning to their home or residence.


The Acute Rehabilitation Units provide physical and cognitive rehabilitation programs in an acute hospital setting for individuals who have experienced a disabling injury or illness. You will receive a high intensity program of three hours of combined therapy per day. Your care and treatment will be managed by the physiatrist, registered nursed and therapists.

Common functional problems that acute rehabilitation can improve:
  • Difficulty performing activities of daily living such as eating, grooming, dressing, bathing and homemaking
  • Balance and coordination impairments
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty moving in bed or from one place to another
  • Memory deficits, judgment difficulties, communication limitations
  • Inability to work or function in the community due to physical impairment
  • Weakness or limited motion in arms, legs or trunks

These functional problems can be related to a medical diagnosis such as:

  • Amputation
  • Brain injury
  • Congenital deformities
  • Hip fracture/replacement
  • Joint replacement
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Orthopaedic dysfunction
  • Polyarthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Progressive neurological syndromes, including Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease and other progressive neurological impairments,
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Dysfunction, stroke

Specialized and experienced treatment team may include:

  • Audiologists
  • Consulting and primary care pysicians
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthotic/Prosthetic specialists
  • Physiatrists (Rehabilitation physicians)
  • Physical therapists
  • Registered nurses
  • Psychologists/Rehabilitation counselors
  • Social workers/Case managers
  • Speech/Language pathologists

Family members are also a very important part of the team. We encourage family participation in our staff and family conferences, training sessions and discharge planning.


Mercy Health Acute Rehabilitation Units

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