Rehabilitation Medicine

At the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Staten Island University Hospital our physicians, occupational and physical therapists, speech language pathologists, recreation therapists, rehabilitation nurses, and support staff provide you with highest quality patient care. Our department combines its services with:

  • The Stroke Center
  • Department of Orthopedics
  • The Regional Burn Center
  • The Heart Institute
  • Nalitt Institute for Cancer and Blood Related Diseases

Our department's well-known programs include:

  • A comprehensive 68-bed inpatient rehab unit for adults.
  • Brain injury inpatient rehab for adults.
  • Outpatient adult rehab in two locations.
  • Outpatient pediatric rehab & Early Intervention through the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

SIUH is focused on consumer satisfaction. We continually enhance the quality of our services. We are recognized by:

  • The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
  • The Joint Commission.
  • The New York State Department of Health designates SIUH as the largest downstate center for the inpatient treatment of brain injury.


The patients we serve have a range of disorders which may include:

  • Amputations
  • Brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Chronic Pain conditions
  • Hip Fractures
  • Joint Replacements
  • Major Multiple Trauma
  • Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease
  • Spinal Cord injuries
  • Strokes
  • Brain injuries: Traumatic & Non-Traumatic

Persons with potential to benefit from an intensive interdisciplinary rehab program should be referred for evaluation by our rehab clinicians.


The length of inpatient stay is highly individualized. Typically, patients stay between 8-20 days, depending on impairment, rehabilitation goals, and medical complications.

An intense therapy program with a team of rehabilitation experts includes:

  • A comprehensive assessment to establish a baseline of physical, social, cognitive and behavioral function.
  • Individualized plan and treatment.
  • 24-hour rehabilitation nursing.
  • Nutritional counseling.
  • A minimum of three hours of intensive therapy five days a week, with additional therapy on the weekends.
  • Social Services.
  • Psychological support and adjustment to disability.
  • Neuropsychological evaluations.
  • Evaluations for medical equipment, wheelchairs and seating.
  • Patient and family education on self-care techniques to reach optimal functionality.
  • Rehab Case Management to proactively coordinate service delivery after discharge.


Patients and families are a vital part of the rehabilitation team and must participate equally in developing an individualized treatment plan.

The Comprehensive Inpatient and Brain Injury Inpatient Program is dedicated to providing services to persons with impairments and disabilities to help them regain the greatest amount of independence and enjoy the highest quality of life. The environment is designed to facilitate cognitive, physical, psychosocial, and behavioral improvement.

All patients are under the 24-hour care of a staff and physiatrist with expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The physiatrist and case manager will coordinate a highly skilled team of professionals.

A treatment plan is built on an understanding of the patient's impairment and potential to benefit. Over-stimulation precautions and behavioral plans are developed for persons with neurologic and brain injury/impairment. The treatment plan is reviewed and adapted weekly in team conference within the context of the patient's goals, resources and environment. The community setting to which the patient will be discharged is considered.


Rehabilitation involves not only the patient, but the patient's family and support system. For this reason, we welcome families. Families are urged to observe and participate in therapy sessions and to attend educational programs on the unit.

Psychologists and case managers are present to provide families with counseling, assistance with insurance issues and help in applying for benefits. Community reintegration day passes are provided to allow the patient to go home for short periods as trial runs for an anticipated discharge home.

Therapists work with patients and their families to identify areas of interest. Patients go on outings that are helpful and enjoyable for them. Patients are taught to use strategies and available resources to maximize their ability to function in the community after discharge. This helps them to return to an active and meaningful lifestyle at home, work and/or school.

Recreation therapists also lead various activities to develop new leisure interests, and provide opportunity for social interaction.

  • Wii game rehabilitation puts a fun, new spin on traditional therapy exercises.
  • Therapeutic Yoga improves physiological, neurological and emotional health of our patients.
  • Electronic information classes show our patients sites and tools to use advocate for their health care via the internet.


Our department uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment and techniques such as LiteGait ® walking therapy, which is a gait-training device that simultaneously controls the weight bearing, posture, and balance of a patient as they walk on a treadmill. A computer controls the pace of walking and measures the body's response to the movement.

LiteGait can be used for patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels.

For more information please call (718) 226-6362