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Inpatient Rehab

Get back on your feet and feeling better after surgery or injury with NMC Health's inpatient rehab program. Experience our state-of-the art rehab gym for yourself!

white nurse helping white senior man stretch during inpatient rehab while in wheelchair in patient room at hospital facility

Your road to recovery while at NMC Health

If an injury or surgery brings you to NMC Health Medical Center, our Inpatient Rehab program will get you back on your feet. This specialized unit and state-of-the-art therapy gym is led by professionals who care about your recovery.

With our beautiful, fully equipped Inpatient Therapy Gymnasium, you will have compassionate therapists dedicated to pushing you to your highest functional level so you can return home. We are dedicated to providing excellent care centered on the needs of both you and your family.

NMC is designated as an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF). IRFs are uniquely designed programs that allow you maximum therapy time. At NMC Health, you’ll have three hours of therapy per day, a coordinated team of therapists, doctors, 24-hour rehabilitation nurses and social service providers. Your care team works together to help you develop and execute a recovery plan.

This specialized level of care is not available in nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, extended care centers, long-term acute care hospitals or through home health services. In addition, NMC Health’s inpatient rehab program is under the direct supervision of a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation.

What we treat

When you are at NMC Health Medical Center, you can be sure you are getting the best care available. Our certified physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists work with you to help you reach your goals. Here are some of the common conditions we treat:

  • Stroke
  • Broken hip
  • Joint replacements
  • Arthritis
  • Amputation
  • Neurological disorders like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease and Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
  • Brain injuries
  • Congenital deformities
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Other disabling conditions like cancer, congestive heart failure and infections

How we can help

While you’re in care, you might be suffering from an injury or illness or recovering after surgery. Our team of expert therapists can help you with:

  • Loss of mobility
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Difficulty with everyday activities like eating, grooming, dressing, bathing and homemaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty with speech or language/voice disorders
  • Memory deficits and judgment struggles
  • Safety awareness
For more information about care based on your specific needs, explore our inpatient rehab digital brochure.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or visit the NMC Health Medical Center Emergency Department.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) Admissions

If you think you or a loved one would benefit from a stay on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU), here are the qualifications:

  • Patient must require nursing care 24 hours a day and close supervision by a doctor
  • Patient must have the potential to improve functional skills

Pre-admission screenings are provided at no charge to determine eligibility for admission. To request a pre-admission screening or to tour the IRU, call 316.804.6202.

Your Care Team

Our team of rehab professionals has the specialized skills and training necessary to help you become as independent as possible. NMC Health’s Inpatient Rehab Unit (IRU) team brings years of experience to the unit and looks forward to helping you through your rehab journey.

Your care team may include:

  • Medical director
  • Rehab program director
  • Rehab nurse coordinator
  • Rehab nurses
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech therapist/speech-language pathologist
  • Social worker
  • Dietitian
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Chaplain


The IRU is under the direction of a doctor who has specialized training in physical rehabilitation services. This doctor will oversee your care and monitor your progress.


Yes. In most cases, your Medicare/Medicaid or private insurance should cover a trip to the inpatient rehab unit as long as you meet requirements. You can see if your insurance plan is covered at NMC Health. 

When you stay on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at NMC Health, you will have at least three hours of therapy throughout each day, five days a week.

This therapy will be part of a plan set forth by your doctor including physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy. The types of therapies you will receive is based on your condition and care plan.

Be sure to stay up-to-date with our COVID-19 visitor policy

Typically, you will be allowed visitors when you stay on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at NMC Health. We encourage family and friends to visit as long as visiting complies with our visitor policy. 

The best time to visit is in the evenings after 4:30pm. We encourage family visits as long as they do not come during your therapy session.

When it’s about time for you to go home, we encourage your family to come to family training, so they will know how to help you after you leave the hospital. 

While you’re on the unit, you’ll want to be sure to dress comfortably. We recommend bringing: 

  • Soft-soled tennis shoes with non-skid soles
  • Comfortable athletic clothing like
    • T-shirts
    • Sweatpants or yoga pants
    • Shorts
  • Relaxing clothes, like what you would wear at home
  • Underwear and socks
  • Pajamas and non-slip slippers or house shoes
  • Personal hygiene products like toothbrush, hairbrush, makeup, denture adhesive, etc.
  • Dentures, hearing aids (with spare batteries) and glasses
  • Any braces or splints you wear
  • Wheelchairs, canes or walkers, if you use them
  • Medicine list
  • Down-time activities like books, magazines, iPad, etc.
  • A small amount of cash for snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Laptop to connect to WiFi

Please avoid bringing:

  • Perfume, cologne, scented lotions
  • Valuables
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Medicines
  • Cigarettes or other tobacco products. NMC Health is a tobacco-free campus 

Teen survives car crash, recovers at NMC Health

It was by the grace of God 17-year-old Caitlynn Bascue survived being ejected from a vehicle. Her body was thrown through the windshield of her car and landed against a cement culvert.

But Caitlynn had a team of NMC Health staff that rallied around her. After several surgeries and a prescription for inpatient therapy at NMC Health’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU), Caitlynn saw a speedy recovery and a very grateful family. 


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