Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

The William Randolf Hearts Rehabilitation Unit is located within NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center hospital, which means we have access to a wide range of specialists who can be consulted as needed.   

The inpatient rehabilitation unit is designed for patients who require intense, active, and ongoing therapeutic intervention with multiple therapy disciplines (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology) in accordance with CMS guidelines.

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

  • Amputation
  • Acquired traumatic brain injury
  • Cancer and its treatments
  • Cardiac rehabilitation/ventricular assist device rehabilitation
  • Hip fractures
  • Major traumatic injuries
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Prolonged hospitalization
  • Speech and Swallowing difficulties
  • Spinal Cord injuries
  • Spine surgery
  • Stroke or other neurological conditions affecting function
  • Transplant, specifically heart, lung, kidney or a combination of multiple transplants

Advanced Care from Leaders in the Field

At NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, our team of occupational, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists are knowledgeable in treating a wide range of conditions using applied research and proven treatments to help patients regain function. Our team of highly trained therapists are involved in interdisciplinary research in collaboration with Columbia University and hold the following advanced certifications:

Physical Therapy

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties:
    • Cardio-pulmonary
    • Geriatric
    • Neurology
    • Orthopedic
  • Lee Silverman Voice Training (LVST BIG)
  • VAD/Life vest trained

Occupational Therapy

  • CAPs Aging in Place Certification & USC Home Modification Certification
  • Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS)
  • Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT BIG)
  • Low Vision Certification (UAB)

Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S)
  • Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology American Speech Language Hearing Association (CCC-SLP)
  • Lee Silverman Voice Training (LOUD)


Proven Techniques and Advanced Technologies

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

The road to recovery starts with our state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, furnished with therapeutic equipment including:

  • Weights

  • Treadmills

  • Parallel bars

  • Stationary bikes

patient bed, hula hoops, crutches

Our therapists may also incorporate advanced technologies to complement your recovery including:

  • Saebo to enhance hand and arm function

  • Inspiratory/expiratory muscle strength training to improve swallowing and speech

  • Bodyweight support system for gait training and ambulation

  • Bioness, a functional electrical stimulation technology to improve hand and leg function

  • Interactive gaming systems to improve movement and balance

piano and open spaced sitting area

To enhance independent living skills and overall quality of life, our therapeutic recreational specialists provide treatment, education, and recreational opportunities to improve and maintain physical, cognitive, emotional, and social function. Our group therapy activities include games, music appreciation, and an amputee support group. We also help facilitate the transition to home, which may include setting up shared-ride assistance or home medical alert systems and connecting patients to our digital medical platform.

Achieving Successful Home and Community Integration

simulated home environment with fridge, stove, cabinets

Our living area is designed to simulate the home environment retraining and may be incorporated into your treatment plan by your care team. It is equipped with a working kitchen that is used for practicing meal preparation, reaching and stretching to get plates and cups from shelves, setting the table, putting groceries away, or placing a tray in the oven. The home environment also features a bedroom and bathroom to practice transfers and other activities a patient would navigate at home.

Simulated New York streets with taxi cabs, supermarket, different walking surfaces

Our community integration program offers activities to prepare for your return home. Our functional training environment simulates New York City streets. You can navigate the supermarket with weighted groceries, practice walking on different surfaces, such as curbs and ramps, and transfer in and out of taxi cabs. In addition, parents can simulate carrying and handling a baby using a car seat.

Whatever goals you may have, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Awards & Recognition

Accreditations from National and International Governing Bodies

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.

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