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Inpatient Rehabilitation:

From General to Highly Specialized

No one plans to need inpatient rehabilitation. But when you do, it’s important that you choose the right facility. At the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute, we understand that your illness or injury is not normal to you. It is, however, familiar to us. In addition to providing general rehabilitation treatment, MetroHealth has specialized units for stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and major trauma rehabilitation—making us the place you want to be as you begin your path to recovery. With our unique combination of world-class professionals and innovative technology, we have been one of the best rehabilitation facilities for more than 65 years now.

One of the best in the nation for patients recovering from stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury, per US News & World Report

CARF-accredited academic rehabilitation hospital, proving our expertise in treating the most medically complex patients

Three-time Magnet recognized facility, demonstrating excellence in nursing services

Conditions We Treat

Therapy treatments are available for, but not limited to, the following conditions:

  • Amputation
  • Brain injury
  • Burns
  • Cardiopulmonary disease (pneumonia, Congestive Heart Failure or COPD), ventilator dependency or prolonged ICU course
  • Complex knee or hip replacement (bilateral, obese, elderly, other medical complexities)
  • Congenital deformity
  • Hip or femur fracture
  • Medically complex conditions
  • Multiple trauma
  • Myopathy
  • Neurological disorders – e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome,
  • Myasthenia Gravis, Parkinsonism, Polyneuropathy, Demyelinating Diseases and Muscular Dystrophy (new diagnosis, exacerbation or change in function)
  • Post-operative recovery (e.g. tumor excision, intracranial shunt, intrathecal baclofen pump, laminectomy)
  • Severe or advanced osteoarthritis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke

Our Care Team

When you choose the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute for your care, you will be seen five to six times a week by a physiatrist who is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. In fact, MetroHealth offers one-on-one rehabilitation hours to each patient at a higher rate than the national average. We also have a physician onsite 24 hours a day.

Our dedicated and caring team is here to help restore your function and improve your quality of life.

Physiatrist (Attending physician)

Directs your care; specializes in the rehabilitation of disorders of the spine, brain, muscles and bones

Rehabilitation psychologist

Helps you cope with and adjust to your condition or injury by teaching you skills to manage feelings like sadness, loss and worry

Social worker & case manager

Provides information about community resources, helps with discharge planning and arranges for necessary home care and equipment

Occupational therapist

Helps restore function with daily living activities (i.e., dressing, bathing) and improve strength, coordination and cognition

Speech and language pathologist

Helps you improve cognition, speech and swallowing

Rehabilitation nurse

Provides direct care along with nurse assistants and helps implement skills taught in therapy into your day

Resident physician

Works with attending to provide care; training to be a physiatrist

Physical therapist

Helps you improve mobility, strength and balance, and decrease your pain

Vocational counselor

Helps you transition back to work or school

Art, music, and recreation therapist

Uses creative activities to help you get better


Determines dietary needs and teaches healthy food choices


Makes and fits braces and splints for people who need support for certain body parts


Creates and fits artificial replacements for patients who are missing a limb

As part of The MetroHealth System, we have access to specialists in practically every area of medicine, ensuring we can provide you with comprehensive care during and after your stay with us.

Types of Rehabilitation Therapies

We offer a variety of rehabilitation services to help you regain as much physical and cognitive function as possible so that you can get back to the things that matter to you. We also understand that an illness or injury likely impacts not only your physical or mental capabilities but your emotional health as well, so we also focus on mental well-being and provide coping strategies to use once home.

During an inpatient stay, patients may receive the following rehabilitation therapies:
  • Art and music therapy
  • Bedside hemodialysis
  • Occupational therapy
  • Onsite amputee rehabilitation
  • PEG tube, Corpak feeding tube and total parenteral nutrition management
  • Personalized nutrition therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Specialty physician care
  • Speech therapy
  • Ventilator and diaphragmatic pacer management
  • Wound nurse specialist and wound VAC management

Visitor Information

  • Visiting hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends and holidays
  • Visitor parking: Located adjacent to the Old Brooklyn campus
  • Onsite cafeteria: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Smoking: Prohibited anywhere in the hospital or on the grounds
  • Furry friends: Welcome with prior approval from nursing

We have additional spaces for patient and family use throughout the facility, such as our Gile Family Therapy Garden.

Admission & Referrals

We want to make the process as simple as possible for you. Click on the tabs to learn about our guidelines and referral process.

Admission Guidelines

To be admitted, you must meet the following guidelines:
  • Age 13 years or older
  • Ability to tolerate an intensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation program requiring at least two therapy disciplines and consisting of 15 therapy hours per week
  • Need for medical oversight by a physiatrist
  • Require 24-hour-care by a registered nurse with rehabilitation training for problems with bowel, bladder, pain, skin, safety, balance, behavior, communication or neurologic condition
  • Potential to achieve significant improvement with rehabilitation care

Making a Referral

Each referral is evaluated individually according to the needs of the patient and family.
Person Making ReferralWhat You’ll Need to SubmitHow to Submit
Physicians / Discharge Planners / Medical Care Managers
  • Basic patient information
  • History and physical
  • PT/OT/SLP evaluations and progress notes within the most recent 48 hours
  • Current labs, CT scans, MRI results
  • Medication list/current MAR
  • 2-3 days of physician progress notes and relevant consults

Submit via Careport, fax (216-778-1120) or call the admissions coordinator at 216-778-4167.
Patients and their familiesCall the Admissions Coordinator at 216-778-4167 to arrange a tour or discuss services.

Centers of Excellence

Stroke Recovery

With the only acute inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Unit in Northeast Ohio, we are well-equipped to help patients regain the highest level of functioning.

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Spinal Cord Injury

As one of only 18 Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems in the U.S., we have a care team that specializes in spinal cord injury and helps you get back to life.

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Brain Injury

We have been treating brain injuries for more than 40 years. From mild to severe, we’re helping patients recover mobility, cognition and independence.

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Orthopaedics/Major Trauma

With a Level I trauma center that provides the highest level of care for the most critically injured patients 24/7, we’re able to provide early intervention rehabilitation services to give you the best opportunity for recovery.

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Real Life Success Stories

Stories of Hope

Convenient, Accessible Location

The MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute is accessible from the highway and located near other Cleveland landmarks. We also have plenty of parking for your convenience.