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Comprehensive Integrated Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

What can rehabilitation help?

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord dysfunction
  • Neurological diseases (Parkinson’s, exacerbation of -MS, Guillain-Barre, etc.)
  • Amputations
  • Complicated orthopedic conditions
  • Multiple traumas
  • Hip fractures
  • Post cardiac pulmonary surgery
  • Burns
  • Congenital deformity
  • Generalized weakness/deformity

About the Unit

In February 2013, Acute IRU moved to the new Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, also the site of MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. This transition was made possible by a $31.3 million grant from the New York Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority.

The 24-bed IRU has 10 private rooms and 7 semi-private rooms, all of which have large, handicap-accessible bathrooms.The unit features a transitional living center that simulates typical household activities, like cooking and laundry. Patients also have exclusive use of a dining room and rehabilitation gym, which creates greater opportunities for socialization – an important aspect of recovery.

Your Rehabilitation Team

The IRU takes a comprehensive medical approach to your care, designed to get you home sooner. This team includes:

  • Physiatrist
  • Nursing 
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Discharge Planning
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Psychology
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Dietitian
  • Neuropsychology

Only CARF-accredited IRU between Schenectady and Rochester

In recognition of the quality services and programs provided to IRU patients, our Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit was re-accredited for a three-year period in 2014 by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with commendations. Organizations receiving three-year terms of accreditation have voluntarily participated in a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of on-site surveyors a commitment to CARF’s accreditation conditions and standards.

Who qualifies for the acute inpatient rehabilitation program?

Patients must be medically stable and have recovered from the acute phase of their illness or injury. However, patients must still require close medical supervision and 24-hour rehabilitative nursing.

Patients must be able to participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy at least five days a week. Patients must have the ability to learn new activities, build upon this learning and benefit from the program.

Patients must require two forms of therapy, for example: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
Patients must identify a discharge plan.

Patients and family must be willing to participate with the team in the rehabilitation plan.

We cannot treat those dependent on a ventilator, those who have aggressive behavioral problems, are comatose, or are under the age of 18 years old.