Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

The Sue and John L. Weinberg Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is located within the acute care hospital with access to a wide variety of specialists who can be consulted as needed. On our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) we strive to assist you to reach your goals and regain your independence. Our world class interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and other clinicians work hard to ensure you receive excellent and empathetic care to help you recover and achieve your full potential.

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 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

Advanced Care from Leaders in the Field

At NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell 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 you regain function.  Our team of highly trained therapists hold advanced certifications in the following:

Physical Therapy

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties:
    • Geriatric
    • Neurology
  • Neuro-IFRAH
  • Lee Silverman Voice Training (LVST BIG)
  • Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Vestibular

Occupational Therapy

  • Board Certified Physical Rehabilitation (BCPR)
  • Certified in Physical Agents Modalities (CPAM)
  • Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS)
  • Neuro-IFRAH
  • Lee Silverman Voice Training (LSVT BIG)
  • Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Vestibular

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

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Whatever goals you may have, our team is here to support you every step of the way. The road to recovery starts with our state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, furnished with therapeutic equipment including:

  • Weights

  • Treadmills, parallel bars and stationary bikes

  • Roomy high low tables

body weight support bars

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

  • Saebo to enhance hand and arm function

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

  • Body weight support system for gait training and ambulation

  • Bioness L300/L300 GO: Functional electrical stimulation technology to improve hand and leg function

  • Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing

  • Inspiratory/Expiratory Muscle Strength Training

  • Interactive gaming systems to improve movement and balance

  • Smart Glove: Multiple sensory feedback technology for recovery of hand function

open spaced sitting area with tv

Promoting wellness during your stay and beyond

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. Some featured group therapy activities include games, chair yoga, chair fitness, meditation, and art group.

Our rehabilitation team is dedicated to promoting wellness beyond your stay. Depending on your injury, we are able to connect you to a community support group. These groups can assist with establishing new relationships and support systems while you assimilate back into your community post discharge. A recreational therapist will also provide you with information regarding accessibility options in the community.

Achieving Successful Home and Community Integration

simulated home environment with fridge, stove, cabinets

Our living area is designed to simulate home environment retraining and may be incorporated into your treatment plan by your care team. It is equipped with a working kitchen that is ideal 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 you would navigate at home.

Whether it be in the actual outdoors or in our simulated outdoor environments, we want to enable patients to feel safe and successful navigating their community after discharge. This may include independent living in the hospital, navigating New York city streets, curbs, and sidewalks, it may also include practicing getting in and out of cabs and even riding the subway all while receiving guidance and instruction from trained therapists.

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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