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Inpatient Rehabilitation

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.

Each patient is evaluated and a treatment plan is created based on individual's needs. The interdisciplinary team works with each patient to set personal goals to focus on during their stay. Family involvement and patient participation in treatment as well as discharge planning is encouraged.

Conditions Treated:

  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury
  • Neurological
  • Orthopedic
  • General
  • 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.

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.

Conditions Treated and Outcomes

In 2013, 288 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.

Condition Number of Patients Treated Ave. Length of Stay (Days) Number Discharged To:
Home Long-Term Care Facility Another Location
Stroke 98 12 85 7 6
Brain Injury 36 10 33 1 2
Neurological 25 10 22 2 1
Orthopedic 29 6 27 2 0
General 72 8 61 3 8
Spinal Cord Injury 28 14 24 2 2

Patient Progress after Discharge

All of our patients receive a phone call 3 months after discharge. The purpose of the call is to obtain feedback regarding continued progress and satisfaction with our program. The following chart displays information from our patients discharged in 2013.


Very Satisfied Somewhat Satisfied Somewhat Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied
The rehab program prepared me for going home. 62.6% 35.3% 2.1% 0.0%
The progress I met in rehab met my expectations. 59.6% 35.6% 4.8% 0.0%
The rehab program improved the quality of my life. 56.3% 40.9% 2.9% 0.0%
Overall satisfaction with the program. 82.8% 12.0% 4.3% 1.0%

Patient Satisfaction

Our patients receive a satisfaction survey 1-3 weeks after discharge. In 2013, we received 127 completed surveys for a response rate of 52%. 82% of our patients rated their care as a 10 (on a 1-10 scale with 10 being best care possible). 83% of patients responded that they would recommend Meriter's Rehabilitation Program to family and friends.

Admission Process

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 Benefits

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.

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.

Treatment Process

Patients received an individualized schedule of therapy daily. Patients on the inpatient rehabilitation unit receive an average of three hours of individual or group therapy each day. Each patient will have the opportunity to work with a team of clinicians and rehab professionals dedicated to helping patient's reach their goals.

Things to expect on the inpatient rehab unit:
  • Daily rounds with a physiatrist or nurse practitioner
  • Personalized care from your team nurse and therapy staff
  • Case Management by dedicated Social Workers to help each patient and family understand the rehab plan and prepare for a successful discharge
  • Group meal time in our dining area
  • Access to information regarding community resources and services available after discharge

Items to bring from home:

  • Approximately 3-4 changes of clothing
  • Casual, comfortable shirts
  • Comfortable pants such as sweatpants with an elastic waist
  • Well-fitting shoes with non-slip soles
  • Underwear and socks
  • Personal and toiletry items
  • Miscellaneous (optional)
    • Clock
    • Electric Razor 
    • Radios
    • Photos
    • Books
    • A special pillow or blanket
  • A washer, dryer and detergent are available on the nursing unit. You and your family are responsible for laundering your clothes.

Family and Caregiver Role

  • Family and caregivers are important in the recovery process.
  • It is important to identify one person to act as the family spokesperson
  • Caregivers are the people who have agreed to help you by learning your cares. To help you prepare for discharge, your caregiver is expected to learn to assist you by attending therapies and working with the nursing staff.
  • If you have had a stroke, you and your family members are invited to attend the impatient stroke support group. Please check with your treatment team for the meeting time.