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Rehabilitation Medicine

When choosing a provider for your physical rehabilitation care, it is important to choose a provider that is right for you. When you need rehabilitation care following a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopaedic injury, amputation, multiple trauma or other injury or illness, the physicians and staff at Westchester Medical Center offer comprehensive rehabilitation customized to meet your needs.

In our Acute Rehabilitation Unit, you will receive the highest quality care available from respected physicians, nurses and therapists. These individuals are experts in their fields and are focused on providing the highest level of care in a compassionate, personal manner.

The Acute Rehab team approach to fosters an environment of care that facilitates optimal patient outcomes and promotes maximum wellness and function.

Our Medical Staff

Mario Nelson, MD (Section Chief)
Kin Tsoi, MD
Negin Gohari, DO

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Hip and Knee Injury/ Disease
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Multi-Trauma Injuries
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Swallowing Disorders

For more information about the conditions treated in Acute Rehab at Westchester Medical Center, call 914-493-6259.

Following a stroke, an injury or an illness, the facility you choose to provide your physical rehabilitation can impact the rest of your life. It can determine how mobile you are, how independent you are and how well you function on a day-to-day basis. That's why it is important that you choose the inpatient rehabilitation facility that is right for you.

At the Westchester Medical Center Acute Rehabilitation Unit, you will receive the highly respected medical expertise of compassionate and focused rehabilitation care.

Patients in our Acute Rehab Unit typically receive at least three hours of rehabilitation therapy per day. A specialized team of expert clinicians provides comprehensive, 24-hour care.

Your care team includes:

  • Physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation)
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Case managers
  • Pastoral care

Care is provided for the following diagnoses:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation
  • Multi-trauma injury
  • Neurological illnesses (i.e. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease)

How is an Acute Rehabilitation Program Different from a Sub-Acute Program Offered in a nursing home?
The Acute Rehab Unit at Westchester Medical Center provides services to patients who require an inpatient level of care -- 24-hour oversight by medical and nursing professionals. Patients admitted to this facility:

  • Are physically able to participate in a therapeutic interdisciplinary program for a minimum of three hours per day
  • Have potential to make functional gains within a reasonable amount of time
  • Will benefit from an acute, short-term inpatient stay with definite, measurable goal

The sub-acute programs at nursing homes are recommended for patients who are not physically able to participate in three hours per day of active therapy. Also included in this population are patients whose course of rehabilitation is predicted to be longer term.

How can my family member who is hospitalized elsewhere get into the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Westchester Medical Center?
Decisions on acute inpatient rehab admission are based on a number of factors including: diagnosis, medical stability, medical necessity for an acute rehab stay, motivation to participate in and ability to tolerate 3 hours of therapy per day, prior level of function, expectation for progress, and viable discharge plan. The first step is to speak to his/her social worker or case manager at the hospital to request that a referral be made to us. Once the referral is received, patients are accepted or denied based on admission criteria. If you are being transferred from another medical facility (i.e., another hospital), your physician and social worker will help to coordinate your transfer. If you would like to come visit beforehand, the rehabilitation case manager will help set up a tour to answer as many of your questions as possible. Call us at (914) 493-7168.

When does your therapy program begin?
Your rehabilitation program begins at the time of your admission. The physician and rehabilitation nurse will begin the initial process of evaluation. Within the first 24 hours and continuing during the first several days of your admission, you will be participating in evaluation sessions provided by other members of the rehabilitation team who will be working with you during your inpatient stay. The team will design a treatment program for you based on your needs, team goals and goals expressed by you and your family/significant others. The evaluation findings will be discussed at an Evaluation Conference held during the first week of your admission. You will be given a written weekday schedule, which will include a daily minimum of three hours of therapy. Throughout the day, you will be expected to participate, as much as possible, in all your self-care activities.

What is a rehabilitation team?
Your physiatrist (doctor specializing in rehabilitation medicine) will lead the rehabilitation team assigned to your care. The team includes your nurse, nutritionist, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist (if indicated), and consultants as ordered by your physiatrist. Your physiatrist and rehabilitation team members will meet weekly at a Re-evaluation Conference to discuss your progress and to set new goals if necessary.

What does three hours of therapy consist of?
Each patient's acute rehabilitation program is individualized based on his/her needs. All patients receive physical and occupational therapy and, as appropriate, speech and swallow therapy.

How long would I stay in Acute Rehabilitation at Westchester Medical Center?
Length of stay in acute rehabilitation is determined by the patient's progress in therapy, diagnosis, medical necessi

Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 493-7000

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Train

Westchester Medical Center is served by Metro North's Harlem line via two stations:

  • White Plains - Bus transfer options available
  • Hawthorne - Taxi service available

For train fare and schedule information, call 1-800-METRO-INFO or go to www.mta.info/mnr .

Bus

There are three bus lines (Westchester Bee Line) you can take to our campus. Please call 914-813-7777 for bus routes and fares

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The Westchester Medical Center campus includes the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center.

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