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Inpatient Rehabilitation

Following an injury or an illness, if you are unable to go home, the inpatient rehabilitation you choose can impact the rest of your life. It can determine how mobile you are, how independent you are and how well you function day-to-day.

Penn Medicine Rehabilitation is an inpatient rehabilitation unit of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, managed by Good Shepherd Penn Partners. Patients choose us for the specialized care we offer to help patients recover from conditions like stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and cancer. Our team of rehabilitation physicians, nurses, and occupational, physical and speech therapists develop a comprehensive care plan just for you.

We are passionate about helping you get your life back — one step at a time.

How To Choose The Right Inpatient Rehab

When faced with a life-changing illness or injury, choosing the right inpatient rehabilitation program can make all the difference. The specialists at Penn Medicine Rehabilitation, an inpatient rehabilitation unit of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, highlight what patients and families should look for when making this important decision.

Highest Standards of Medical Care

Our goal is to get you back home safely, where you can return to doing the things you love. When your condition is complex, it’s even more important to have the experience and connection to the best medicine in the region. We work with you to set goals and to create a comprehensive, unique plan designed to increase your functional independence as much as possible.

You can expect the highest standards of medical care and comfort, including:

  • Around-the-clock, on-site Penn Medicine physician coverage
  • Collaborative communication with your physicians
  • Outstanding nursing and therapy for individualized medical rehabilitation
  • Electronic medical records through the Penn Medicine continuum of care
  • Hands-on techniques and technology
  • On-site Penn Medicine radiology, MRI, CT, vascular and ultrasound studies
  • At least 15 hours of therapy per week – generally three hours daily, five days a week
  • 58 spacious private rooms (18 rooms on a secure floor)
  • Bedside hemodialysis

Learn more about Your Rehabilitation Road Map to Discharge.

We also offer a variety of inpatient amenities to make your experience as comfortable as possible including, free wireless internet and cable TV, pet visitation, on-site cafeteria and coffee shop.

Learn more about our visitation policy.

“Our team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and other professionals all work together with patients and their loved ones to restore them to their fullest potential and overcome the limitations imposed by their diseases and injuries. Seamless coordination of care before and after discharge is vital for our patients to continue on the road to recovery, and such care is the hallmark of what we do.”

– Franklin Caldera, D.O., M.B.A., Chief Medical Officer

Services & Programs

Penn Medicine Rehabilitation offers unique programs that are dedicated to the care of individuals with a variety of conditions. Each program consists of a comprehensive team of rehabilitation experts, specific treatments, and support for you and your family.

Therapies and Services

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Psychology
  • Neuropsychology

Patient and Family Support

  • Personalized education and training
  • Support groups
  • Post discharge follow-up


Penn Medicine Rehabilitation is committed to exceeding standards for safety, value and quality. We are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and accredited by The Joint Commission. We are also proud to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF). CARF is a voluntary accreditation that recognizes our commitment to continuous quality improvement, service excellence and patient satisfaction.

All Inpatient Rehabilitation Services & Programs

Request a Tour

For more information about our inpatient rehabilitation or long-term acute care programs, or to request a tour of our facilities, please call 215-893-6570 or fill out the form below. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I qualify for inpatient rehabilitation care?

Penn Medicine Rehabilitation is an inpatient rehabilitation unit of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, managed by Good Shepherd Penn Partners.

Penn Medicine Rehabilitation provides care to individuals who have one or more conditions requiring intensive and interdisciplinary rehabilitation care. Your rehabilitation diagnosis must be medically manageable (such as stroke, amputation, spinal cord or brain injury, or arthritis) and you must be able to tolerate at least 15 hours of therapy per week — generally three hours daily, five days a week.

Other admission criteria also apply. Clinical Nurse Liaisons are available to discuss your situation and your rehabilitation options.

Q. Can I see the unit before we make a decision?

Yes. We encourage you to schedule a tour of Penn Medicine Rehabilitation by calling 215-893-6570.

Q. Can Penn Medicine Rehabilitation handle complex medical problems and pre-existing conditions?

Yes. We have become known for handling the most complex medical diagnoses in a rehab setting. Our expert clinicians manage your care and can consult with specialists as needed.

Q. How long will I stay in your facility?

Your length of stay depends on diagnosis, functional ability and safety issues. The typical stay in an inpatient rehabilitation facility ranges from 7 to 21 days.

Q. How often will I receive therapy?

You will receive an individually designed rehabilitation program that includes at least 15 hours of therapy per week — generally three hours daily, five days a week, based on your medical needs and therapy goals.

Q. What type of rehabilitation will I receive?

You will receive physical, occupational or speech therapy services, along with 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care. These rehabilitation services will be provided with the oversight of a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician.

Q. How will Penn Medicine Rehabilitation prepare me for discharge?

The collaborative relationship between you, your family/caregiver and the medical team, starts on day one. We work with you to get you home safely and ensure you are as functionally independent as possible. Our post discharge calling program is designed to help with your transition home.

Q. Are visitors allowed?

We understand how important it is to see friends and family during your stay. For more information about our visitation policy, please click here.

Q. Is parking available?

Yes. Parking for your family and friends is available at the garage located at 1740 South Street. Discounted rates for additional vehicles with validation. We also have valet available from our 18th Street entrance.

Q. Is Penn Medicine Rehabilitation accessible by public transportation?

Yes. Penn Medicine Rittenhouse is accessible by several public transportation routes:

The SEPTA Broad Street subway line (orange line) stops four blocks east from Penn Medicine Rittenhouse at the Lombard Street and South Street station

The PATCO subway line from South Jersey stops at 16th & Locust Streets, just blocks from the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Campus.

SEPTA bus route 40 stops at the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Campus, both east on South Street and west on Lombard Street.