Inpatient Rehabilitation

After suffering a debilitating illness or injury, many people need help rebuilding strength and recovering independence. Central Iowans needing this kind of support can turn to the well-qualified staff at the Mary Greeley Acute Rehabilitation Center.

The Acute Rehabilitation Center at Mary Greeley Medical Center

The Mary Greeley Acute Rehabilitation Center staff focuses on inpatient rehabilitation in a 17-room facility, creating individualized plans for medical care, therapy and education. Acute Rehab is located on the third floor of the east wing of Mary Greeley Medical Center. The unit has its own dining room, kitchenette and laundry, which helps patients practice and regain daily living skills.

Inpatient rehabilitation staff includes physicians, rehabilitation nurses, physical and occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, dieticians and other specialty staff. The team comes together weekly with each patient and family to review and refine the patient’s individualized plan of care.

We also work closely with patient’s family and loved ones, and will assess their ability and willingness to advocate for the plan of care, including providing education, physical training, and counseling.

CARF Accredited

CARF Accreditation

By achieving CARF accreditation, Mary Greeley's Acute Rehabilitation Center has demonstrated that it meets international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence.

Patients at the Acute Rehabilitation Center

A variety of people may need inpatient rehabilitation as they recover from an illness or injury, such as:

  • Brain/Head Injuries               
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Conditions
  • Degenerative & Progressive Neurological Disorders
  • Guillain-Barre’
  • Hip Fractures and Replacements
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Multiple Trauma and Amputations
  • Neuropathy and Myopathies
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke (CVA)

Your Goals for Inpatient Rehabilitation

Walking. Dressing. Self-care. Simple movements. These actions might not seem like big accomplishments, but for people with a disabling injury or illness, functional independence is critical to resuming daily life. On average, patients stay 12 days in the Acute Rehabilitation Center. Functional outcomes for our patients exceed that of both regional and national averages.

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Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

There are a variety of services that help the inpatient rehabilitation team create a unique plan of care for each patient. Those may include:

  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language pathology, minimally 3 hours per day at least 5 days per week
  • 24/7 Rehabilitation Nursing
  • 24/7 close Medical Management directed by a physician with specialized training and experience in rehab medicine and the Hospitalist Team or Primary Care Physician
  • Medical, diagnostic, laboratory and pharmacy services within the hospital
  • Psycho-social counseling
  • ADL evaluation and training
  • Mobility and gait evaluation and training including prosthetic training
  • Cognitive and perceptual evaluation and training
  • Oral motor and swallowing skills assessment and management
  • Home evaluation to assess need for adaptive equipment environmental modifications
  • Wheelchair positioning and mobility training
  • Community re-entry activities
  • Mediation management
  • Orthotics/Prosthetics
  • Pain management
  • Bowel and bladder training
  • Pet therapy
  • Family conferences and post discharge follow up

Admission Criteria

There are different requirements for inpatient rehabilitation admission. The five reasonable and necessary criteria are:

  1. Need active and ongoing therapeutic intervention of multiple therapy disciplines (OT, PT, speech and prosthetic-orthotic services; one of which must be either OT or PT)
  2. Need for an intense rehabilitation therapy program
  3. Ability to participate and significantly benefit from the intense rehabilitation therapy program and make measurable improvement in a reasonable period of time
  4. Need for physician supervision by a rehabilitation physician
  5. Need for intensive and coordinated interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation

In addition, each patient must have an inability to function independently with a demonstrated impairment in two or more of the following:

  • Cognitive function (attention span, memory, intelligence)
  • Communication (aphasia with major receptive or expressive dysfunction)
  • Continence (bowel and/or bladder)
  • Mobility (transfers, walking, stair climbing, wheelchair function)
  • Perceptual motor function (spatial orientation, depth or distance perception)
  • Self-care activities (drinking or feeding, dressing, maintaining personal hygiene, toileting, donning brace or prosthesis)

Learn More

Download our brochure to learn more, or call 515-450-4999. In addition, services in the Acute Rehabilitation Center are covered by Medicare and most private insurances, with certain criteria at admission and during a stay.

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Medical Director

Dr. Kitchell

Michael Kitchell, MD, Medical Director, brings over 25 years of experience in acute rehabilitation, both in clinical practice as well as in program management and medical leadership/ administration. He has been certified in Neuro-rehabilitation by The American Society of Neurorehabilitation.

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