Acute Rehabilitation Center

Learn more about the Acute
Rehabilitation Center at Mary
Greeley Medical Center by
calling 515-450-4999.

Rehabilitation Services Close to Home

Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Acute Rehabilitation Center helps you regain as much function and independence as possible. Our trained staff provides medical care, therapy and education designed around your individual needs. 

The Acute Rehabilitation Center is an inpatient unit open 24 hours a day for nursing care services, physician supervision and intervention. We serve patients who have suffered functional loss due to a disabling illness or injury, including the following:

  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Closed Head Injury               
  • Neuropathy and Myopathy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Amputations
  • Polyarthritis
  • Degenerative & Progressive Neurological Disorders
  • Guillain-Barre’
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Hip Fractures and Replacements

Reaching Your Goals

To measure your progress, our specialized rehabilitation staff uses the functional independence measure, which looks at 18 key components, such as walking ability, dressing ability, ability to perform self-care in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as ability to move from bed to chair. The average length of stay is 12 days with an average of eight people on the unit at once.

The functional independence outcomes at Mary Greeley Medical Center are above both regional and national averages, with patients achieving greater results over a shorter length of time. We attribute this success to our team approach and our highly individualized care. Learn more about the conditions our patients suffer from and what percentage of them are discharged home or to assisted living.

Family/Support System Services

The supportive involvement of family or other support networks is recognized as a key component in the success of the individuals return to the most independent and appropriate discharge environment.  The team will assess the family’s ability and willingness to support and participate in the plan of care.  Education, physical training, advocacy training and supportive counseling will be provided to prepare them for the needs of the patient moving forward.

Our Services

Services offered include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Comprehensive program involving minimally 3 hours per day at least 5 days per week of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech / language pathology
  • 24/7 Rehabilitation Nursing
  • 24/7 close Medical Management directed by a rehab specialized physician and the Hospitalist Team or Primary Care Physician. Medical, diagnostic, laboratory and pharmacy services are all located 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

Our Staff

Physicians, rehabilitation nurses, physical and occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, dieticians and other specialty staff work together to help patients achieve optimum independence. Members of this team meet daily to review progress and refine the patient's plan of care.

Our Facilities

Our unit contains 10 private rooms, allowing for a high nurse-to-patient ratio and optimal results. The unit, located on the third floor of the east wing of Mary Greeley Medical Center, has a dining room and kitchenette to help patients practice daily living skills. We also offer other equipment like the NuStep recumbent cross trainer to assist strength recovery.

Admission  Criteria

Services in our Acute Rehabilitation Center are covered by Medicare and most private insurances, as long as you meet certain criteria at admission and during your stay.

5 Reasonable & Necessary Criteria:

  1. Need active and ongoing therapeutic intervention of multiple therapy disciplines (at least OT & PT; Speech & prosthetic-orthotic services may also be included)
  2. Need for an intense rehabilitation therapy program
  3. Ability of the patient to participate & significantly benefit from the intense rehabilitation therapy program
  4. Need for physician supervision by a rehabilitation physician
  5. Need for coordinated interdisciplinary approach to providing rehabilitation

Each patient in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Program 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) 
  • Kithenette
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Area

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.


CARF Accredited

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.

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