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Sanford Rehabilitation Services

When a patient is admitted to rehabilitation, a journey begins toward improved physical or cognitive functioning. Our team of rehabilitation specialists from a variety of fields creates a unique plan of care tailored to the patient’s condition, abilities and expected outcomes.

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Common reasons people need our services:

  • Accidents – multiple trauma
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke-cardiovascular disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Progressive neurological disorders
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Burns
  • Hip fractures
  • Orthopedic dysfunctions
  • Complex medical issues


The inpatient acute medical rehabilitation and brain injury programs at Sanford South University Hospital are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1991. It is the highest recognition for a rehabilitation facility.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to Sanford Rehabilitation, a patient must:

  • Be evaluated by a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) and have their pre-admission screening completed.
  • Must require medical management, with initial testing and evaluation completed for treating diagnosis
  • Must be able to participate in a daily three-hour therapy program at least five days per week.
  • If traumatically brain injured, demonstrate cognitive functioning at a minimum of Rancho Los Amigos Scale of 4.
  • Demonstrate the ability and desire to improve their physical, cognitive and functional skills:
    Is unable to do at least 2 of the following:
    Complete activities of daily living.
    Move self from place to place
    Manage elimination needs.
    Communicate or understand information.
    Cognitively process information, memory and reasoning.
  • Require an integrated team approach of intensive daily therapies and 24 hour/day rehabilitation nursing care.
  • Have a discharge plan in place prior to admission.

Please note: We do not provide service to those on mechanical ventilation. 

Additional Sources

  • The Rehab 101 Class for patients and families
  • Outpatient Services – Therapy, PT-OT-SP
  • Interdisciplinary Clinics – brain, spine, neuro
  • Follow-up care – PCP, PM&R and other specialties
  • Durable medical equipment and orthotics/prosthesis 
  • Several outpatient support groups and resources are available 
  • Nutrition Services