Inpatient Acute Rehab

Inpatient Acute Rehab

Inpatient Rehab works closely with nurses, medical providers, case managers/social workers, among other disciplines, in a patient-centered environment with compassionate and dedicated service to provide quality care and ensure safe and appropriate discharge planning. We have a strong team that provides therapy services 365 days a year.

Rehabilitation services are offered in all areas of the hospital including:

  • Medical/Surgical
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Pediatrics
  • Psych Units
  • Critical Decision Unit (CDU)
  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Maternity Unit
  • Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit (CICU)


The Elliot Rehabilitation Department has physical therapists that strive to improve your function, restore pain-free motion, and build strength and flexibility. Our PT team is focused on safety first while helping to restore ambulation and mobility. Whether care is needed after a surgical procedure or during an acute illness, they offer compassionate and dedicated services in the hospital setting to help you return home safely.

Occupational Therapy (OT) services are an important part of the Inpatient Care team.  Our talented OT’s assist patients to regain their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL’s), such as self-care, dressing, bathing and grooming. The ability to care for one’s self is often taken for granted until significant challenges occur after illness or injury. Our skilled and licensed OT specialists help patients work to regain these skills, learn adaptive strategies or maximize function in the presence of a physical or cognitive compromise.

The Elliot Health System’s Rehabilitation Department is proud to offer Speech Therapy services delivered by licensed and credentialed Speech Language Pathologists (SLP’s). These professionals address speech, language and communication disorders across the lifespan.

In our acute inpatient care setting of the main hospital, our SLP’s work with inpatients who may have experienced challenges with communication or oral motor function as a result of a physical illness or injury. These specialists provide evaluative assessment and treatment for difficulty with speaking, swallowing, interpreting communication and work to restore or maximize these functions. They also provide specialty services within our Neonatal intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies with oral motor and feeding challenges.

Department Achievements

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The care in the NICU is different from the adult ICU services provided. The PTs, OTs, and SLPs that work in the NICU focus on feeding, swallowing, positioning, sensory processing, and enhancement of normal development. With this being an advanced practice area, multiple therapists hold certifications in massage, NIDCAP, and feeding/swallowing, including certified neonatal therapists. The NICU rehab team, in conjunction with nursing and medical providers, has recently expanded their presence in the NICU with more services based on evidence and current national treatment trends. By offering the best care practices in the NICU, we improve the child’s outcome. The team also works closely with the families to ensure safe discharge plans and the best plan for future feeding and development.

Oral Care

The SLP department has worked on an interdisciplinary committee to improve oral care and decrease infections including ventilator acquired infections. This work has resulted in new improved workflows and documentation. Patient supplies were also expanded to include toothbrushes that are smaller and more comfortable for patients.


The rehab department has been a main initiator and facilitator of improving mobility of patients in the hospital with outcomes focused on falls reduction and decreased length of stay, with the work of the interdisciplinary committees: Hospital Acquired Functional Decline committee and the ICU mobility committee. 

  • The rehab department has played a major role in changing the mobility culture in the hospital including involvement in nursing orientation and ongoing education on mobilizing patients and use of safe lifting equipment. As a result of committee work, safety equipment including gait belts and rolling walkers have been placed in every med/surg room to provide care givers with the proper equipment to move patients safely. Documentation changes were also instituted to improve the ability to document and report mobility and function of the patient.
  • As a result of years of committee work on initiating early mobility for the critically ill and vented patients, physical therapy now routinely orders as part of an ICU mobility order set to ensure our sickest patients are mobilizing as early as medically possible. This helps with the goals of reducing days on ventilator, reducing overall hospital length of stay and improving potential for recovery. The Elliot even has specialty equipment that can be used with our weakest patients including a Multiple Applications Table to increase strengthening opportunities.

Center for Orthopedic Excellence

Rehabilitation DNV-Certification.jpgThe inpatient rehab team works closely with the nursing and orthopedic surgery departments to help support our designation of DNV’s Center of Orthopedic Excellence. This includes all inpatient physical and occupational therapists staying up to date with evidence-based practice including four hours of orthopedic-related continuing education each year.