The 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.

Patients who can benefit from the Acute Rehabilitation Center: 

  • 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

We commonly treat the following conditions:

  • Brain injury
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple trauma
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neurological disorders
  • Amputation
  • Orthopedic injuries

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. Meet the Rehabilitation team >

Stroke Support Group

The Stroke Support Group is temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit
2019 Program Ratings

  All Patients
General Rehabilitation
Stroke Rehabilitation
CARF-Certified Specialty Center
Number of Persons Served 386 104
Average Patient Age 62 Years Old 64 Years Old
Gender 52% Men, 48% Women 52% Men, 48% Women
Discharge to Home/Community 85% Return Home* 78% Return Home*
Average Length of Stay 13 Days 16 Days
Amount of Functional
Improvement Made
* *
Patient Satisfaction 93% Recommend GW* 89% Recommend GW**
* Top 5% of Rehabilitation Facilities
** Top 10% of Rehabilitation Facilities
Source: Uniform Data Systems for Medical Rehabilitation
CARF - Commission Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
Benchmarks Compared to National Outcomes

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

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

Acute Rehabilitation Unit 

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

admission and discharge criteria