Rehabilitation Services

At St. Vincent’s Medical Center, our physical medicine and rehabilitation services focus on restoration of wellness and function, prevention of complications, and education. We provide a collaborative, interdisciplinary, professional approach to promote your treatment and recovery. 

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Inpatient Acute Services

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Acute Rehabilitation Unit, located on 10 East, is a ten-bed unit providing a comprehensive rehabilitation team approach to help individuals maximize their independence in a variety of ways. With two private rooms as well as specially designed two-bed rooms that allow privacy during visiting hours and social interaction with roommates at other times, St. Vincent’s acute rehabilitation patients are comfortable and closely monitored. Therapy is provided seven days a week.

Upon admission, our team will evaluate you or your loved one and develop an individualized plan of care to best achieve goals. The rehabilitation team will meet with the rehabilitation physician weekly to update and modify the treatment plan as needed. We have a variety of expertise and equipment to assure your progress.

We consider you the most important member of our team. We encourage your motivation and willingness to participate as crucial your healing and success.

Admission Information

The 10 East Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Vincent’s provides effective therapeutic services to you or your loved one who must be under the close supervision of a rehabilitation physician. We offer 24 hour nursing care and multiple therapies and services.

Admission Screening

St. Vincent’s uses an admission screening process that further determines criteria for inpatient treatment, based on a physician assessment that you or your loved one. We will review this screening process with you.

Medicare-approved diagnoses

Medicare-approved diagnoses for Acute Rehabilitation Unit admission will be reviewed with you during admission.

Outpatient Services

St. Vincent’s provides outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy for adolescents and adults. Our staff is dedicated to helping you or your loved ones find the best way back from illnesses, injuries, or other challenging medical conditions.  

We look forward to partnering with you to provide excellent care and service, whether you need specialty care such as vestibular rehabilitation, lymphedema management, hand therapy, or are recovering from surgery, musculoskeletal impairment, trauma or a work related injury.

Planning Your Visit

  • Referrals: A physician referrals and prescription is required to access outpatient physical, occupational or speech therapy services through St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Please use the ‘Request for services’ form. 

  • If your physician refers you to St. Vincent’s, you can access the outpatient location that is most convenient to you.

After Your Visit

  • Scheduling: You will receive a schedule of any additional therapy sessions scheduled for you after your initial evaluation session. If you cannot keep one or more of these appointments, please contact the location you visited, to notify them of the cancellation and to reschedule your appointment.

St. Vincent’s Rehabilitation Services At-a-Glance

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Acute Care Services include rehabilitation treatment at St. Vincent’s specialized, intensive, multidisciplinary Acute Rehabilitation Unit (10 East) for an injury, surgery, stroke or other condition requiring hospitalization, call (203) 576-6190 for information and admission procedures. 

Bedside early initiation of evaluation and services, innovative Joint Camp programming, and Lymphedema Management Program, call 203-576-5362.

10-East: Acute Rehabilitation Unit

Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation on our dedicated 10 bed, 10-East Unit, call 203-576-6190.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Outpatient Services, located near the Main Lobby, offers employee workers compensation, sports injuries, orthopedic/neuropathic rehabilitation, lymphedema care and vestibular balance rehab. For more information about referrals or to make an appointment for outpatient physical, occupational or speech therapy, call 203-576-5361.


Therapy and rehabilitation services at St. Vincent’s require a referral and authorization may be required by your insurance carrier, as well, depending on your coverage. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy services are provided by licensed professional therapists dedicated to providing comprehensive, state of the art therapy, tailored to meet your individual needs.  St. Vincent's also offers Pet Therapy by appointment. 

To schedule an appointment, call any of the St. Vincent’s phone numbers listed, or call our main office at 203-576-5361 for help in coordinating your care.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about the program with answers that you may find helpful:   

Q. How do I get into inpatient rehabilitation at St. Vincent’s?  
A. Please see our web pages on admission criteria for acute rehabilitation at St. Vincent’s 10 East.

Q. What do I wear for therapy?  
A. Choosing to wear your most comfortable clothing is best.

Q. How much therapy will I get?  
A.  All St. Vincent’s acute rehabilitation patients receive at least three hours of therapy a day, or 15 hours in a seven-day period, as their condition and tolerance allows. The sessions are spread across our three therapy disciplines.

Q. How is my discharge date decided?   
A. Each patient presents with individual impairments, functional limitations, and discharge goals.  As a result, each patient’s length of stay is determined on an individual basis. Team conferences are held weekly to discuss your progress and your individual length of stay will be discussed during your conference.

Q. What is a typical day in Acute Rehabilitation like?
A. Your schedule will be generally as follows:
Each day will begin with the nurse, certified nursing assistant (CAN) and/or your therapist helping you get washed and dressed into your own clothing. The CNA will monitor your vital signs and the nurse will administer your medications. Breakfast will be served at 8 p.m. We prefer that patients get out of bed for all three meals. The therapy schedule will be posted for the day on the schedule board located at the nurse’s station. Therapy sessions are held in the Rehab Gym. Therapies will be scheduled to each patient’s individual needs and will allow for adequate rest breaks.

Afternoon: Lunch is served at 12 p.m. Patients are encouraged to eat together in the Day Room. Afternoon therapies will resume per the schedule set earlier in the day. Families, visitors, and phone calls are always welcome; however, please consider that therapies are scheduled during the day and must be kept as a priority. Evening: Dinner is served at 5 p.m. Patients, families, and visitors are welcome to socialize in the Day Room. There are games, books, a Nintendo Wii, videos/DVDs, and puzzles available for all to enjoy.

Q. What are the visiting hours? 
A. 10 East visiting hours are the same as the hospital: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, in order to prevent scheduling conflict with therapies, it is best to schedule visitors after 4 p.m.

Q. Are visitors limited to my room?
A. You are welcome to have company in your room, in the Day Room and, with the nurse’s permission (medical clearance), in the hospital lobby or outside.


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To speak with a St. Vincent's Care Line representative, call (877) 255-7847

To speak with someone at the front desk of the Medical Center, please call (203) 576-6000