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Stroke Rehabilitation

IRMC is your Primary Stroke Center

  • The American Heart Association recommends initial rehabilitation after a stroke take place in an inpatient rehab setting rather than a skilled nursing facility.
  • Inpatient rehab leads to reduced mortality rates, enhanced recovery and increased independence in activities of daily living.
  • Our stroke rehab program starts as soon as the patient is ready and can tolerate it.
  • Our focus is to help patients return home sooner, regain abilities and prevent complications.

Acute Rehabilitation Unit:

Our unit provides the following:

  • All IRMC inpatient services.
  • 16 acute rehabilitation beds.
  • Private and semiprivate rooms.
  • On-site review, 24-hour determination.
  • Admissions 24/7.
  • Therapy six days a week.

Primary diagnoses

The most common conditions for which the rehabilitation unit admits patients:

  • CVA.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Congenital deformity.
  • Amputation.
  • Major multiple trauma.
  • Hip fracture.
  • Brain injury.
  • Polyarthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Burns.
  • Neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, polyneuropathy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease).

Insurance accepted

  • Medicare.
  • Highmark Blue Cross.
  • All major insurances (Medicare, Highmark, UPMC, MA).
  • All insurances accepted by IRMC.

Unable to accept

  • Ventilator-dependent patients.
  • Patients under 18 years of age.
  • Patients with aggressive behavioral problems.


A rehab referral can be requested by:

  • Physicians.
  • Patients.
  • Families.
  • Case managers and social workers.
  • Therapists.
  • Home health professionals.

To be eligible for admission to the Rehab Care Center at IRMC, the patient must:

  • Be medically stable.
  • Need at least two forms of therapy (physical, occupational, or speech).
  • Have the potential to improve function.
  • Have an identified discharge goal.
  • Be willing to participate with the team in the rehabilitation program (minimum three hours of therapy per day, five days per week).

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