Acute Inpatient Rehabilitaiton

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine operates an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit at Columbia University Medical Center. The William Randolph Hearst Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides multimodal therapy including physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy to individuals with a wide range of diagnoses including:

  • Amputation Rehabilitation
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation/Ventricular Assist Device Rehabilitation
  • Multiple Major Trauma Injuries
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Orthopedic Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Polyarthritis
  • Speech and Swallowing Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Transplant Rehabilitation

Our inpatient rehabilitation unit is CARF and Joint Commission accredited and has a specialty stroke recovery unit. All of the services provided are tailored to meet each patients needs.  Patients have a unique opportunity to have their acute care physician remain a part of their medical team, and also have access to on-site physicians in a wide variety of specialties.  Home evaluations can also be done to determine safe reintegration into the community (limited by geographic location).

Nursing care is provided on a 24-hour basis to address the medical, physical and comfort needs of the patients, while keeping in mind the goal of helping the individual achieve functional independence. Social work services and therapeutic recreation provide support for the social, leisure, and spiritual needs of the patients and their families.

We take a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation treatment, including the following:

  • Assess the patient and environment with a focus on ability and support
  • Assess potential barriers presented by the discharge environment
  • Create a treatment plan customized around the skill requirements needed to properly address potential barriers presented by the discharge environment
  • Focus on learning functional skills related to overcoming potential barriers to discharge
  • Normal movement and compensatory skills are taught
  • Set barrier-focused goals based on desired outcomes
  • Implement active family teaching throughout the duration of treatment
  • Build skills and create discharge planning
  • Follow-up services to coordinate and monitor a successful outcome

The rehabilitation team is comprised of caring, dedicated professionals striving to help the patient achieve their personal goals so that they may successfully reach the ultimate goal of community re-integration. Outpatient services are also available after discharge.