The Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an 8-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit committed to improving your child’s quality of life through a progressive and integrated continuum of service. We specialize in the treatment of patients who have experienced injury, illness or congenital disabilities which resulted in decreased functional independence.

Diagnoses admitted to the unit include, but are not limited to: stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorders, amputation, multiple traumatic injuries and/or orthopedic conditions. We use a “family-centered care” approach, respecting the role of the family as a caregiver, advocate and decision maker for the child. Families are also encouraged to tour the unit and meet our staff prior to admission.

Referrals for pediatric inpatient rehabilitation are accepted from physicians, acute care hospitals, case managers and families. Our patient referral coordinator assesses each child referred for appropriateness of admission.

The Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit strives to ensure that each child and family participates in comprehensive and coordinated services from highly trained and qualified clinicians experienced in pediatric rehabilitation.

Team members include:

  • Physiatrist – physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Other specialists to include pediatrician, pediatric intensivist, etc.
  • Specially-trained rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech therapist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
  • Child Life specialist
  • Case manager
  • Chaplain
  • Dietician
  • Patient referral coordinator
  • Other specialists we work with: audiologist, diagnostic imaging technician, laboratory specialist, pharmacist, respiratory therapist and orthotics/prosthetics specialists.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call us at: 561-882-6382

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the admission criteria?
    • Recommendations for inpatient rehabilitation admission are provided based on medical rehabilitation needs. Patients admitted to the program are medically stable, demonstrate the ability to participate in and benefit from the scheduled treatment time and families/caregivers agree to participate in the rehabilitation process and discharge planning.
  • What insurance is accepted?
    • We accept most major insurances. Our patient referral coordinator will investigate coverage for inpatient rehabilitation upon referral. Families will be advised of insurance authorization or denial to the program. If your insurance plan does not cover inpatient rehabilitation, alternative resources will be provided.
  • How often will my child receive therapy?
    • Children receive therapy three hours per day at least five days per week. The pediatric inpatient rehabilitation healthcare team meets regularly to discuss patients’ progress in therapy and appropriate discharge plan.
  • What should my child wear to therapy?
    • Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Athletic shoes are preferred for ambulation training.
  • What is “family-centered care”?
    • The foundation of “family-centered care” is the partnership between families and professionals. It is grounded in collaboration among patients, families, physicians, nurses and other professionals for the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare. The following principles are vital for this partnership:
      • Families and specialists work together in the best interest of the patient. As the child grows, he or she assumes a partnership role.
      • All who are involved respect the skills and expertise each individual brings to the relationship.
      • Trust is acknowledged as fundamental.
      • Communication and information sharing are open and objective.
      • Participants make decisions together.
      • There is a willingness to negotiate.
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