Inpatient Rehabilitation

As a result of illness or injury, you or a loved one may be referred to an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit to receive intensive treatment and therapy. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, therapists, and other healthcare professionals will work with you on a plan specifically designed to focus on your rehabilitation needs.

The University of Washington's reputation as one of the top rehabilitation programs in the nation is a result of the safe, high-quality medical care we provide to our patients and their families. Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Units are staffed with expert caregivers, who work in partnership with you to maximize independence and realize potential.

Inpatient Admissions

Depending on your needs, our patient care coordinators will work with you and your physicians to facilitate your admission to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Units at one of our three hospital locations: University of Washington Medical Center – Montlake, Harborview Medical Center, or Seattle Children’s.

Inpatient Admission Process

Please note that a physician's referral is needed for admission to the inpatient rehabilitation units at any of our locations. In addition, your insurance provider may have specific guidelines or require preferred providers in order to cover your needs. If you have questions or need more information on the admissions process, check with your insurance provider.

  • Seattle Children's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit 
    4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 
    Patient Care Coordinator: 206.987.2114 
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
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  • Harborview Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit  
    4W Hospital, 325 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 
    Patient Care Coordinator: 206.744.4607 
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    Maps and Directions
  • University of Washington Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
    8th Floor, North Wing 1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, WA 98195 
    UWMC Patient Care Coordinators: 206.598.8161 
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Rehabilitation is the process of restoring skills and function after illness or injury. At our Rehabilitation Medicine facilities, the emphasis is on working in partnership with the patient to maximize independence and realize their potential.

  • The Rehabilitation Medicine Physician, called a physiatrist, has specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM & R) and is responsible for medical issues and the overall rehabilitation program.
  • The Rehabilitation Nurse is responsible for daily care, education, and coordination of treatment and training.
  • The Physical Therapist works to improve the patient's strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and balance with activities such as moving in bed, using a wheelchair, and walking.
  • The Occupational Therapist provides training in self-care, upper body/hand function, endurance, and independent living skills such as eating, bathing, dressing, using a computer and utilizing any special devices needed to return to school or work.
  • The Speech Pathologist assists patients who have communication or language problems and/or a speech impairment. They may work with patients to improve memory, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
  • The Rehabilitation Counselor helps people through the process of returning to a job, school, or other career alternative.
  • The Psychologist assists people and their families with understanding the changes that can accompany disability or illness. A specialized psychologist, the Neuropsychologist provides identification and assessment of cognitive issues.
  • The Social Worker helps to coordinate a safe and comprehensive discharge plan. They will also help to connect you with resources in the community.
  • The Recreation therapist works with patients and families to apply skills the patient is learning during recovery to the community-based setting as well as exploring leisure interests.
  • The Care Manager works closely with the team to support transition of care as well as coordination of needs to support a successful discharge.

Yes: all Rehabilitation Physicians at the University of Washington hospitals and clinics are specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Visit UW Medicine to find a physician who specializes in your medical condition.

  • If you are in an acute care hospital, skilled nursing, or long term care setting and are seeking admission to inpatient rehab, your care team can reach out to the patient care coordinators at HMC and UWMC to initiate a review based on medical criteria and availability of rehab beds 
  • If you are at home,  you can find a provider to review your care needs and support appropriate referrals to the continuum of rehabilitation services based on your clinical and functional needs. 

We accept most commercial and government health insurance plans and will bill them directly. It is the patient's responsibility to contact their insurance plan representative to see if a referral is required. You will receive two bills for medical services: one from the facility where you were seen, and one from the University of Washington Physicians.

A day in one of our Inpatient Rehabilitation units will consist of 3 hours of therapy per day, 5 out of 7 days/wk. The duration of your therapies and disciplines involved will be developed in partnership with your care team members. You will meet with your care team at least weekly to assess your progress, and make any needed changes to your care plan. Additionally, you will be able to ask questions during rounds, which are regularly scheduled reviews of patients by their physiatrists.

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Care Teams are preparing you for discharge as soon as you arrive. To this end, they work with you to make sure all your questions are answered and that you have learned the needed skills prior to your discharge. These skills are based on the care plan and goals you have developed with your care team, and differ from person to person.

CARF, Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities, is a national organization responsible for overseeing that accredited facilities meet the high standards that have been established for rehabilitation facilities. All of our Rehabilitation units are CARF accredited. 

For more information, please visit the CARF website.

As part of the discharge process, our inpatient rehabilitation care teams will review your ongoing daily needs. Your discharge plan will include information on securing appropriate accommodations, finding long-term support resources, and determining who (family members, friends, etc.) will be able to help you following your discharge. Rehab and recovery do not end when you leave our facilities; your team is dedicated to making your transition as smooth and safe as possible.

Harborview Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

The main entrance to Harborview Medical Center on a sunny day.

Harborview Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is a 24-bed inpatient trauma rehabilitation unit dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to individuals who have sustained a traumatic injury requiring inpatient rehabilitation. Primary patient populations that we serve are spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and stroke patients.

Our staff—which includes rehabilitation physicians, psychologists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, recreation therapists, social workers and care managers—works together to provide the most advanced and effective rehabilitative treatments to maximize your functional skills after a traumatic injury or stroke.

Each patient collaborates with the multidisciplinary team to set goals for their inpatient rehabilitation experience that address their unique situation and aspirations. The intensive therapy programming during your stay will be focused on your goals and will help you maximize your independence, educate you about your injury, optimize your recovery and return you to a dignified, satisfying, and productive life.

Referrals for consideration of admission should be directed to: 

Rehab Admissions Coordinator 
Phone: 206.744.4607 
Fax: 206.744.5422

University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

A purple sign for the University of Washington Medical Center sits among flowers outside UWMC.

Conveniently located at UW Medical Center - Montlake, specialists at the Rehabilitation Unit provide expert care to patients with a wide variety of medical conditions, injuries and illnesses. Our goal is to maximize your potential and help you achieve as much independence as possible.

Our staff—which includes rehabilitation physicians, psychologists and counselors; nurses; physical and occupational therapists; speech pathologists; and social workers—works together to provide the most advanced and effective rehabilitative treatments available.

During weekly meetings, patients and their family members discuss the patient's progress, and set realistic and meaningful goals that help you enjoy a dignified, satisfying, and productive life.

Referrals for consideration of admission should be directed to: 
Rehab Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 206.598.8161
Fax: 206.598.1172

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UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine  
325 Ninth Avenue, Box 359612  
Seattle, WA 98104 | 206.543.3600 

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