Rehabilitation Medicine Services


Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we recognize that the sooner you begin rehabilitation, the more quickly you may achieve an optimal level of function. For this reason, you may benefit from an acute inpatient rehabilitation stay where our physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians oversee an intense therapy program that may include a combination of occupational and physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and recreational therapy, with 24hr care from nurses who specialize in rehabilitation. Our team will work with you and your family to determine the best plan for you to achieve your goals.

We provide rehabilitation services for patients recovering from major illnesses including:

  • Amputation
  • Acquired traumatic brain injury
  • Burns
  • Cancer and its treatments
  • Cardiac rehabilitation/ventricular assist device rehabilitation
  • Hip fractures
  • Major traumatic injuries
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Prolonged hospitalization
  • Speech and Swallowing difficulties
  • Spine surgery
  • Stroke or other neurological conditions affecting function
  • Transplant

Comprehensive Rehabilitation

rehab staff member with male patient in harness

Your inpatient acute rehabilitation program may include therapy from two or more of the following specialists:

  • Occupational therapists promote independence with activities of daily living.
  • Physical therapists help patients regain independence after an illness or injury. Physical therapists will create a structured program of movement to help patients walk, improve coordination and balance and regain strength and motion. The goal is to help a patient return to their baseline level of function.
  • Speech-language pathologists, are experts at managing conditions affecting swallowing, communication, and cognition that may result after an injury or surgery. Treatments focus on speech production, auditory comprehension, verbal expression, reading, writing, attention, problem-solving, and other related cognitive-communication issues. 
  • Therapeutic recreational specialists provide treatment and education while offering recreational and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals to recover and maintain physical, cognitive, emotional, and social function, as a means to enhance independent living skills and overall quality of life.

In addition, our nurses are available around the clock to address our patients’ medical, physical, and comfort needs, while working towards helping each patient become more independent.

Transitioning Back to the Community

Our goal is to enable patients to return to their homes and resume their previous level of function. We work closely with patients and caregivers to improve their confidence and maximize their ability to safely complete activities of daily living, ambulation, and leisure activities. Your progress does not end when you leave our unit. To encourage continued improvement, home-based therapy and outpatient services, if appropriate, are available at one our many locations.

Awards & Recognition

Accreditations from National and International Governing Bodies

Our acute inpatient rehabilitation unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities with specialty program accreditation in stroke rehabilitation. It is certified by the Joint Commission and received Magnet Destination, an international recognition considered the highest and most prestigious distinction that a healthcare organization can earn for nursing excellence and innovation

Recognized by the Commission of Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with a specialty program accreditation in stroke

Recognized by the Commission of Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with a specialty program accreditation in stroke

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC), the highest level of stroke certification a hospital can receive.