Acute Rehabilitation Unit

acute rehabThe Acute Rehab Team at The George Washington University Hospital assists people who have experienced an illness or injury that limits their abilities to function. Our goal is to help patients develop the skills they need to live as independently as possible after leaving our facility. Acute rehabilitation consists of at least three to five hours of therapy per day, five days a week. Our contemporary, all-private 16-bed unit is located on the fourth floor of The George Washington University Hospital.

We commonly treat the following conditions:

  • Brain injury
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple trauma
  • Strokes
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neurological disorders
  • Amputation
  • Orthopaedic injuries

The Acute Rehabilitation Center accepts patients who:

  • Need daily access to a rehabilitation physician who will oversee the patient’s medical needs and functional plan of care
  • Require 24-hour rehabilitative nursing
  • Are able to tolerate a relatively intense therapy program consisting of at least three hours of therapy (PT, OT or speech) five days a week or have the potential to build up to this within 10 days
  • Need at least two types of therapy
  • Have the ability to achieve rehabilitation goals in a reasonable time period

Experienced, licensed clinicians develop an individualized treatment program for each patient based on a comprehensive evaluation at the time of admission. Depending on individual needs, a patient’s treatment team may consist of a physiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist, rehabilitation nurse, a social worker and psychologist.

Program goals

Program goals may include:

  • Increased independence with activities of daily living
  • Increased mobility
  • Patient and family education

Our commitment to delivering the highest quality rehabilitation services is evident in our accreditations:

  • CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)
  • The Joint Commission

Ask your care manager about our outcomes. We use a computerized tracking system to monitor each patient’s progress.

Stroke Rehabilitation Services Acute Rehabilitation Unit GW Hospital
Training in activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing) as well as speech-language therapy and patient and family education are among the services provided to individuals affected by stroke.
Occupational Therapy Services Acute Rehabilitation Unit GW Hospital
Occupational Therapy Services helps patients relearn and master the skills needed for self-care and everyday life.
Physical Therapy Services Acute Rehabilitation Unit GW Hospital
Physical therapy provides assessment of patient conditions and therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and activity-specific cardiovascular endurance training.
Personalized Rehabilitation Acute Rehabilitation Unit GW Hospital
Jaci Wilson Reid overcame a massive stroke with her own strong will and the personalized care that is unique to the GW Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Unit.
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Admission and Discharge

Find out if you or a family member meet the criteria for admission at the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at The George Washington University Hospital, as well as when you'll be discharged from the unit if you are treated there.

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Acute Rehabilitation

900 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-715-5167
Fax: 202-715-4595

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