Helping Patients Regain Their Independence

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

Rehabilitation Accreditations

The GW Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This accreditation applies to the adult program, amputation specialty program, and stroke specialty program. It is an indication of the hospital's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the people served.

The unit is also accredited by The Joint Commission.

Conditions Treated

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
2021 Program Ratings

  General Rehabilitation
All Patients
Stroke Rehabilitation
CARF-Certified Specialty Center
Amputation Rehabilitation
Lower Extremity
Number of People Served 354 109 16
Average Patient Age 62 65 57
Gender 53% Men,
47% Women
51% Men,
49% Women
63% Men,
37% Women
Discharged to Home 84% 77% 88%
Average Length of Stay 13 days 14 days 12 days
Met or Exceeded Functional Efficiency Targets 76% 69% 93%
Patient Satisfaction – Recommend GW Hospital 96% 94% 100%
Source: Uniform Data Systems for Medical Rehabilitation
Benchmarks Compared to National Outcomes
CARF - Commission Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Acute Rehabilitation Unit

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

Admission and Discharge Criteria