Acute Rehabilitation Unit

The Acute Rehab Center at Springfield Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is a program that helps people who have experienced some major injury, disorder or illness to re-gain the skills needed to return to everyday living. 

Using a multidisciplinary team approach, this inpatient rehabilitation program covers everything from regaining the ability to walk after an amputation, to talking after a stroke, to being able to safely take daily medications after a serious illness. Rehabilita-tion can be used to retrain a person on the basics of activities of daily living or may be used to help an elderly person recover from a fall. 

Patients who are usually referred to the acute rehabilitation unit include those with a diagnosis of:

  • stroke
  • neurological disorder
  • brain injury
  • non-traumatic spinal cord disorder/injury
  • amputation
  • multiple injuries due to trauma
  • certain orthopedic conditions, such as joint replacements
  • hip fractures
  • pulmonary conditions
  • arthritis
  • cardiopulmonary disease 

The Acute Rehabilitation Center is located on the first floor at Springfield Regional Medical Center.  There are 24 beds designated for inpatient rehabilitation patients. Each patient admitted to the Acute Rehabilitation Center receives three hours of ther-apy a day with therapy provided six days a week.  On average, a patient stays on the rehabilitation units about 14 days. Approximately 80% of the patients from this unit are able to be discharged back to the community.

SRMC’s Acute Rehabilitation Center, in conjunction with our team of trauma sur-geons and critical care providers, has helped patients not only survive but once again thrive after life-threatening injury.

Our Services

Comprehensive care is provided by a team of professionals including physiatrists, reha-bilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pa-thologists, a psychologist, a registered dietician and a social worker.  This entire reha-bilitation team works together with the patient and family to develop a program of care that maximizes the patient’s functional abilities.

Specialized care is provided for each patient.  For the patient requiring neurological rehabilitation due to stroke or other disorder, the rehabilitation program may include the following: 

  • Maintaining medical stability
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, handwriting, cooking, and basic housekeeping
  • Speech therapy to help patients with speaking, reading, writing, or swallowing
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression management
  • Bladder and bowel retraining
  • Activities to improve mobility (movement), muscle control, gait (walking), and balance
  • Exercise programs to improve movement, prevent or decrease weakness caused by lack of use, manage spasticity and pain, and maintain range of motion
  • Social and behavioral skills retraining

Complex Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Injury and Surgical Patients

Our program focuses on acute and chronic conditions, providing a level of care that builds independence. The major emphasis for patients with orthopedic and spinal problems is on: 

  • Independent Mobility or developing wheelchair skills
  • Learning techniques for daily self-care, assessing needs for adaptive equipment
  • Prosthetic and orthotic training
  • Increasing physical strength and endurance
  • Education to prevent secondary complications

Specialty Rehabilitation Clinics

SRMC’s Acute Rehab Unit offers special expertise to address: 

  • Clinical evaluation and management of spasticity
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump placement and management
  • Coordinated rehabilitation care before and after Deep Brain Stimulation for treat-ment of movement disorders
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation approach for patients with Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis

Specialty Clinical Services

SRMC’s Acute Rehab Unit offers many innovative services and programs including: 

  • Bioness (Functional Electrical Stimulation to improve gait and hand function)
  • VitalStim (Electrical stimulation to improve swallowing function)
  • Evaluation for a wheelchair and seating system
  • Driving skills assessment and remedial training

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit

ARU provides patient-centered care focusing on all aspects of a patient’s physical, emotional, psychological, nutritional, spiritual and vocational rehab needs. 
Prior to discharge, many patients and their caregivers may spend the night in our tran-sitional living apartment to prepare for their return home.
Once discharged, follow-up care includes a number of specialized programs and clin-ics which are available to maintain and enhance a patient’s progress, including; 

  • Outpatient rehabilitation programs
  • Head Injury return to work programs
  • Balance and vestibular rehabilitation programs
  • Spinal cord injury follow-up programs
  • Stroke Club support group
  • Wheelchair clinics


The Acute Rehabilitation Center accepts referrals from physicians, social workers, reha-bilitation nurses, case managers and family members. For more information, to make a referral or to arrange for a tour, call the Acute Rehabilitation Center at (937) 390-5014.

For More Information
To make a referral or to arrange for a tour, call the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at (937) 523-1001.

Acute Rehabilitation Unit
Springfield Regional Medical Center
100 Medical Center Drive (at North Street) 
Springfield, OH 45504