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Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Services


Patients who have had a traumatic injury, a debilitating disease or certain types of surgery may need acute inpatient rehabilitation with an intensive, multidisciplinary approach. At The University of Kansas Health System, we offer leading-edge rehabilitation services in state-of-the-art facilities in Kansas City and Overland Park to help patients improve function, decrease pain and regain their independence. 

Our doctors work with each patient and their families to help set personalized goals for functional restoration after a major illness or injury.

We specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation – a medical field that uses personally selected rehabilitation techniques to help you meet your specific recovery goals.

Every service offered in our new inpatient facility has been developed for one reason: to help you regain your mobility and independence.

Who we care for

Unlike outpatient physical rehabilitation, which does not require a hospital stay, people who require acute inpatient rehabilitation are admitted to the hospital. To be eligible for this type of therapy, you must be diagnosed by a physician as having a condition  that requires acute rehabilitation.

We often treat people who have or have experienced the following:

  • Heart problems
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurological issues
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Trauma or burn
  • Amputation
  • Musculoskeletal/orthopedic surgery
  • Traumatic brain injury

The latest in acute inpatient care

Our inpatient acute rehabilitation facility features a wide range of patient amenities:

  • Large, inviting visitor lounge with comfortable seating and a fireplace
  • Homelike patient dining room where patients can enjoy the company of others, including a kitchen and laundry to help patients prepare for self-care at home.
  • Fully equipped rehabilitation gym
  • Transitional apartment that allows patients the opportunity to practice their independent living skills before returning home
  • A rooftop terrace for outdoor rehabilitation

We look forward to working with you to assist in regaining your function, mobility and independence. Please contact us to learn more or schedule a tour.

We offer a variety of appointment types. Learn more or call 913-588-1227 to schedule now.

Why choose us for rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation patients receive comprehensive, award-winning care from a team of multidisciplinary experts, including specialty-trained physicians, rehabilitation nurses, physical, occupational and speech and language therapists. Our care teams work together to develop personalized rehabilitation plans for each patient based on their needs and goals with input from neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons and other specialists.

We provide the latest rehabilitation therapy options, technology and equipment at conveniently located, state-of-the-art facilities in Kansas City, including the hospital's main rehabilitation unit, and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Overland Park.

Skilled, multidisciplinary teams

Our team approach to rehabilitation ensures that you receive complete, coordinated care from experts across a wide range of specialties. Your care team may include physicians and rehabilitation nurses, as well as physical, occupational and speech and language therapists. Additional specialists include:

  • Physiatrists with a focus on physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Social workers who can help you and your family communicate with our care team
  • Insurance case managers and discharge services support
  • Extensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation therapy, including physical, occupational and speech and language pathology
  • Specialty-trained rehabilitation nursing care
  • Neuropsychologists specialized in brain-behavior relationships, cognition and adjustments to medical changes and pain

Our teams work closely with primary care doctors and other healthcare providers to help you meet your objectives through a personalized program that addresses your needs.

State-of-the-art facilities

The University of Kansas Health System's modern rehabilitation facilities in Kansas City and Overland Park use the latest technology and equipment to ensure patients have access to the most current rehabilitation resources. Our goal is to help patients regain and maintain function and restore self-confidence so they can return home safely.

What to expect

Individuals who require therapy for acute conditions benefit from clinical expertise and collaboration among specialists. These patients receive intensive care to help them transition back to daily life, including:
  • 3 hours of intense therapy at least 5 days a week.
  • Care team members meet weekly to discuss progress and barriers to successful outcomes, and then report back to patients and caregivers.
  • Family and caregivers are encouraged to participate in therapy and educational sessions to learn more about their loved one's care.
  • Patients may stay at an onsite training apartment equipped with a kitchen and bathroom before discharge. This allows patients to practice all aspects of daily routine with the support of our care team.
  • Before discharge, patients have a chance to practice all skills they have learned and perform personal care as independently as possible as they celebrate progress. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
  • As our patients and their family members prepare to transition to post-acute care or for continued services in the community, we partner with preferred providers to make sure patients receive the help they need each step of the way.