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Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation and Follow Up

doctor with patientOur Specialty Programs

UR Medicine offers specialized programs for recovery from disabling conditions. We have staff that are uniquely qualified to guide recovery, to help patients improve or maintain function and improve overall health and quality of life. 

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

  • UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital is a nationally recognized Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center for rehabilitation.
  • We treat over 70 patients per year with spinal cord injuries.
  • After you have completed your acute inpatient rehabilitation, you will continue to have follow-up visits to ensure that you are as healthy and functional as possible. We are committed to your quality of life for your entire life.

Resources for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury

The Full Scope of Our Spinal Cord Injury Services

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation

  • We target the complex needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, brain tumors, hypoxic or anoxic brain injury, or other acquired brain injuries.
  • We help restore independence by improving problems with cognition, balance, strength, motor control, vision, swallowing, and other deficits that adversely impact patients' daily lives.
  • We also connect patients to their community. We work on community reintegration by referring patients to local resources they can use when they have completed inpatient care, in addition to our own outpatient therapy programs.
  • Our inpatient physicians are board certified in brain injury rehabilitation medicine.
  • UR Medicine offers the most advanced stroke care in the region. We provide the benefit of continuing your rehabilitative care at the same hospital where you received medical treatment for your stroke.

Resources for Persons with Brain Injury

The Full Scope of Our Brain Injury Services

Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation is a comprehensive program helping patients maximize their function and get back to their normal lives after experiencing a stroke.
  • UR Medicine offers the most advanced stroke care in the region. And we provide the benefit of continuing your rehabilitative care at the same hospital where you received medical treatment for your stroke.

Resources for Persons with Stroke

The Full Scope of Our Stroke Services 

Doctor with child

Pediatric Rehabilitation

  • We have a partnership with Golisano Children’s Hospital, allowing us to provide children age 6 and above with specialized inpatient rehabilitation for a range of conditions. While in our program, pediatric specialists from Golisano are available to check on your child regularly.
  • Our pediatric program offers several private rooms that can be personalized for each child and are large enough to accommodate parents overnight. We also offer pediatric exercise equipment and a private treatment space that can be customized to your child's needs.
  • During the school-year, children can receive tutoring while completing their inpatient rehabilitation and our team will assist in your child's return to school planning.

Resources for Families of Pediatric Patients

Medically Complex Rehabilitation

We also provide rehabilitation and guide recovery from: 

  • Major Multiple Trauma
  • Other Neurological Diseases (such as Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy,Gillian-BarrĂ©
    syndrome or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS)
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Organ Transplants
  • Amputations
  • Cancer Treatments

Additional Resources

The Full Scope of Our General Rehabilitation Services

Deciding What Type of Rehab is Right for You

Acute Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation, or hospital-based rehabilitation, is appropriate for patients who will benefit from an intensive, interdisciplinary rehabilitation program. Patients receive occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy by specially trained physicians and nurses. In addition, we offer recreational therapy, misc therapy, neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, and chaplaincy. In contrast, subacute rehabilitation as a skilled nursing facility is less intense than acute rehabilitation. 

To be eligible for Acute Rehabilitation at Strong Memorial Hospital, a person must:

  • Be at least 6 years of age
  • Be referred by a physician
  • Have significant functional deficits that require a multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Have medical and nursing needs that require close daily oversight
  • Be able to tolerate 3 hours of therapy 5 days per week
  • Have the potential to achieve rehabilitation goals in a reasonable amount of time
  • Have adequate social support and have the potential to return to a community setting 
  • Not require ventilator support or cardiac monitoring
  • Be evaluated by a rehabilitation physician to verify admission criteria has been met

Acute Inpatient Rehab Brochure 

PM&R Consult Service

Patient Outcomes

PHP Data Collection Form

Resources You May Need Throughout Your Recovery

Resources for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury

Resources for Persons with Brain Injury

Resources for Persons with Stroke

Resources for Pediatric Patients and Parents

General Resources


Pain Management

Our Staff and Services

The acute inpatient rehabilitation staff at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital are dedicated to both the physical and emotional well-being of our patients. We have staff with extensive experience and training, including Fellowship-trained physicians and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses, a designation reserved for the highest-level experts in rehabilitative care.

  • Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians (Physiatrists) specialty trained in the management of the unique medical, physical, and mental impacts associated with various neurologic and medical conditions. They prescribe and oversee the treatment plan for each patient.
  • Rehabilitation Nurses provide 24-hour care based on restorative principles – a nursing practice focused on helping patients live as safely and as independently as possible.
  • Occupational therapists help you improve your ability to perform daily activities, such as bathing and dressing.
  • Physical therapists work to improve your strength, balance, coordination, endurance and mobility.
  • Speech therapists evaluate and treat challenges with swallowing, communication, and cognition.
  • Rehabilitation Neuropsychologists can help you and your loved ones navigate the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and pain issues that accompany adapting to an illness/injury.
  • Social workers provide emotional support and education to patients and their families. They coordinate services and connect you to community resources.
  • Recreational therapists use leisure activities to treat emotional, cognitive and physical challenges.
  • Medical and surgical specialists: if Strong Memorial Hospital physicians provided acute medical treatment to you, they will be readily available to consult with your rehabilitation team, ensuring excellent coordination of care and communication.
  • As the region’s premiere research, trauma and medical center, referrals are also available for any medical complications that may arise during your stay.
  • Referrals are also available for many other services you may be interested in including  Driving services, vocational services, substance abuse and community recreation.
  • If you have questions about your insurance or your hospital charges, you can find helpful information on the URMC Pay Bill website.

patient in SafeGait

Cutting-edge equipment

The Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital offers advanced technology to help patients make progress in their recovery.

Our equipment includes:

  • Robot technology that allows patients to practice movement.
  • A computerized therapy system to improve cognitive and visual performance.
  • A SafeGait, which is a ceiling-mounted body-weight support and fall protection system. It helps patients practice walking, improve strength and overcome balance concerns.
  • An apartment unit provides an environment for patients to practice activities of daily living such as doing laundry, cooking, and personal hygiene.
  • A car in our therapy gym allows patients to practice transferring in and out of a vehicle. The patient’s spouse or caregiver can use the car to practice transfer assistance.