The 16-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit at Meriter Hospital offers a comprehensive service to help you reach your full potential for recovery. Services are carried out by an interdisciplinary team that includes board-certified Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians (physiatrists), a rehabilitation psychologist, nurses certified in rehabilitation, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.
Depending on your diagnosis, services offered may include case management; rehabilitation nursing; psychology; physical, occupational, speech and swallow therapy; family involvement; therapeutic home passes and discharge planning. Patients on the unit receive an average of three hours of individual or group therapy per day.
The inpatient rehabilitation unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for both medical rehabilitation and for its stroke specialty program. Meriter Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. These accreditations reinforce trust and confidence that Meriter has made a commitment to enhance the safety and quality of the services through a voluntary process of accountability.
Achievement of Goals
On admission, patient goals are set for return to independence in self-care, mobility, bladder and bowel management, speech and cognition. Goal achievement for patients discharged in 2012 is displayed in the following table:
Percentage met or improved
Express Basic Needs
Satisfaction with Services
All patients receive a satisfaction survey 2-3 weeks after discharge. In 2012:
- 81% of patients rated their overall care as a 10 (on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the best care). - 84% of patients responded that they would recommend Meriter’s Rehabilitation Program to family and friends.
Conditions Treated and Outcomes
In 2012, 276 people received treatment in the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Meriter Hospital. The following chart provides information on the conditions treated, how long patients remained in the unit (on average), and where they went after they were discharged.
Number of Patients Treated
Ave. Length of Stay (Days)
Number Discharged To:
Long-Term Care Facility
Spinal Cord Injury
Conditions Not Treated
Although our program provides comprehensive rehabilitation services, the unit does not currently offer treatment for the following conditions: coma stimulation, long-term care, aquatic therapy, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and behavioral services requiring a locked setting.
Alternative Local Resources
Other rehabilitation services with varying degrees of service intensity exist within the surrounding area. They include: Meriter’s outpatient Program, skilled nursing facilities, other outpatient services, home health services, University of Wisconsin Rehabilitation Program and other hospital-based rehabilitation units outside of Dane County.
The admission process to the inpatient rehabilitation program begins with a physician referral. To refer a patient, call (800) 236-6175 or (608) 417-6175. Please note that a referring hospital, nursing home or family can request a consultation by calling either of these numbers.
Insurance coverage for rehabilitation services varies by payer and coverage plan. If you have questions about your benefits or coverage, please contact the customer service department of your insurance provider.
For more information about this service or to schedule a tour, please contact the Rehabilitation Case Manager at (608) 417-6175. Clinicians may also call this number to make a referral.