Rehabilitation Center

Inpatient Rehabilitation and You

Anderson Hospital is proud to be home to an award winning, 20-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, called The Rehab Center. Inpatient rehabilitation is for patients who require intensive, interdisciplinary rehab services after injury or illness. The program is designed to improve your function and promote your highest degree of independence. Clinical teams coordinate medical treatment, specialized services, and therapies, while providing the emotional support that you need to recover. This setting involves the highest quality and intensity of therapy services; immediate access to physicians and specialists; and the lowest nurse to patient ratios—all designed to get you back to the community quickly.  Click here for a photo tour of our unit.

The Rehab Therapy Setting Matters

This sophisticated level of care is not available in other settings, such as skilled nursing facilities. Appropriate patients achieve better outcomes and shorter lengths of stay in acute inpatient rehabilitation settings, according to published research. A 2014 study, Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and After Discharge, found that patients treated in inpatient rehabilitation programs had better long-term clinical outcomes than those treated in nursing homes. The study’s key findings show that inpatient rehab patients returned home two weeks earlier, remained home nearly two months longer, and stayed alive nearly two months longer. Additionally, inpatient rehabilitation patients in five of the 13 diagnostic conditions showed significantly fewer hospital readmissions than skilled nursing facility patients, and made 5% fewer emergency room visits per year than skilled nursing facility patients.

Referrals to Rehab

Patients are typically admitted to rehab from an acute care hospital based on the recommendations of therapists or physicians. If you are a patient at a hospital and wish to be considered for admission to The Rehab Center at Anderson Hospital, notify the discharge planner from the hospital. We also accept referrals on people currently receiving therapy in other settings, such as a skilled nursing facility or even from home. A family member or representative from the facility can contact us at 618-391-6257 to initiate the referral. Referrals can be made by patients, loved ones, physicians, discharge planners, therapists or any other allied health professional.

Service Model

We provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to meet your medical, functional, psychological, social, and support needs. Each patient is treated with a specialized, intensive rehabilitation plan that is customized based on existing abilities and desired
outcomes to prepare you to return home. Here, patients receive physical, occupational, and speech therapy for a combined three hours per day, five out of seven days per week. Family involvement in care planning is highly valued.

Admission Criteria

Rehab patients must meet strict standards with respect to diagnosis, as well as functional and medical needs. To be considered for inpatient rehabilitation, you must:

  • Require multiple therapy disciplines, at least one of which is physical or occupational therapy
  • Require an intensive program of 3 hours of therapy per day
  • Be able to actively participate in, tolerate, and benefit significantly from intensive therapies
  • Require physician services 3 days per week
  • Require an intensive and coordinated interdisciplinary team to deliver the care

Common Diagnoses

Our experienced rehab team serves patients who have sustained functional loss, including but not limited to those with:

  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Major trauma
  • Hip fractures
  • Amputations
  • Neurological disorders

Your Rehab Team

  • The Medical Director is a physician who is specially trained in rehabilitation who coordinates your treatment program and oversee the efforts of the rehab team. Our Medical Director, Dr. Syed Ali, is a Board Certified Neurologist who has been practicing medicine since 1982. He has been the Medical Director of The Rehab Center since 2004. A patient said it best when he reported, “Dr. Ali always goes above and beyond his duties.”
  • Rehabilitation Nurses are specially trained in meeting the needs of rehab patients. In addition to monitoring your medical status 24 hours/day, they provide medical treatments, education on medication management and medical device management, and are a great resource for questions you have about your diagnosis and expected recovery.
  • Physical Therapists improve mobility, strength and balance. They also instruct on safe and correct use of mobility devices.
  • Occupational Therapists work on everyday living skills, including bathing, dressing, and eating. They may train you on equipment that will help you perform your daily activities.
  • Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat your ability to communicate, problem solve, reason, swallow, and eat.
  • Recreational Therapists coordinate recreation treatments to help maintain or improve physical, social and emotional well-being.
  • Care coordinators explore the many changes in your life, and coordinate the services you need for a seamless transition back home or to your next level of care 
  • Dieticians advise and counsel you to meet your nutritional needs.

Unit Location

The Rehab Center is located on the second floor of Anderson Hospital. Enter through the main hospital entrance, take the elevator to the second floor, and take a right at the waiting area towards the patient rooms. Turn left just before the nursing station and enter The Rehab Center through the double doors.

Accreditations and Accolades: Stroke Specialty

The Rehab Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We are a CARF-accredited Stroke Specialty Program. CARF accreditation is more than a certificate on the wall. It is evidence that our organization strives to improve efficiency and service delivery—creating a foundation for continuous quality improvement and consumer satisfaction. Our CARF-accredited status recognizes that we meet internationally-approved stands for the provision of quality services for people who have had a stroke. This involves rigorous external review and ensures the highest quality outcomes for our patients. We are one of two CARF-accredited stroke specialty programs in Madison County.

The Rehab Center was awarded the Pinnacle Award from Professional Research Consultants (PRC) in 2010. This designation is awarded to healthcare facilities the score in the top 10% of the PRC national client database, which is based on the percentage of patients who rate the facility “Excellent” for the “Overall Quality of Care” survey.

Length of Stay and Discharge

Our average length of stay for all patients is 11 days. Length of stay is determined by your progress with therapy, medical course, and discharge plan. Discharge dates are set several days in advance whenever possible.


Your improvement is measured by Functional Independent Measure (FIM) scores. FIM scores allow us to measure improvement in mobility and self-care skills from admission to discharge. We achieve functional outcomes above the national average. The following graphs represent our patients’ improvement from admission to discharge, in comparison to national and regional averages. Higher FIM numbers and FIM changes represent more improvement and better function.

Outcomes for All Patients Served in 2015
The Rehab Center National Average Regional Average
Discharge to Home 77% 73% 71%
Discharge to Hospital 7% 10% 11%
Discharge to Skilled Nursing 15% 16% 17%
Average Length of Stay (Days) 11 13 13
FIM Change Admission to Discharge 26 23 22
The Rehab Center served 375 total patients.
Outcomes for Stroke Patients Served in 2015
The Rehab Center National Average Regional Average
Discharge to Home 73% 74% 70%
Discharge to Hospital 5% 9% 9%
Discharge to Skilled Nursing 17% 16% 19%
Average Length of Stay (Days) 13 14 14
FIM Change Admission to Discharge 26 23 22
The Rehab Center served 100 patients with stroke.
Outcomes for Orthopedic Patients Served in 2015
The Rehab Center National Average Regional Average
Discharge to Home 76% 77% 75%
Discharge to Hospital 5% 5% 6%
Discharge to Skilled Nursing 18% 15% 17%
Average Length of Stay (Days) 10 11 11
FIM Change Admission to Discharge 26 26 24
The Rehab Center served 111 orthopedic patients. 

What to Bring

  • Loose fitting pants to exercise in
  • Comfortable t-shirts or sweatshirt
  • Night clothes/pajamas and a robe if desired
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Sturdy shoes or sneakers
  • Personal care items (such as a toothbrush)
  • Glasses, dentures, hearing aids (and batteries), and prosthesis/braces
  • At least three changes of clothing are recommended

What to Expect

You will receive high quality care from a team of professionals dedicated to your recovery. The mandated 3 hours of therapy is split into several sessions which typically occur between 8 and 4. Getting back into a more normal routine is an important part of your recovery. Your day will begin with a therapist or nurse helping you bathe and dress. You can expect two to three therapy session before lunch, and one to two sessions after lunch. You will have rest periods between therapy sessions. Nurses are available 24 hours a day to assist with medications and medical treatments, and help you practice the self-care activities you work on in therapy. Your care coordinator and physician make periodic visits. Our recreational therapist organizes activities that you are encouraged to attend, such as craft groups. The evening is a great time to visit with family, relax, read, or watch TV. Your therapy schedule for the following day is determined in the afternoons so you will know what to expect the following day.

The Cost of Rehab

We accept most major health insurance carriers. Your insurance covers most services provided during your stay as long as you meet criteria. Out-of-pocket expenses that you may incur depend upon specific insurance coverage, co-payments, benefits, and eligibility. Durable medical equipment may or may not be covered by your plan. Your care coordinator will assist you in looking into your equipment benefits.

If your payer is Medicare, up to 90 days per benefit period are covered. The first 60 days are covered at 100% after your deductible is met. The next 30 days have a $322 per day co-pay. If you have a secondary insurance, it may cover some of these expenses. Pre-authorization for services is obtained for anyone with commercial insurance plans. Pre-authorization is not a guarantee of payment. Co-pays are determined by your plan. As a courtesy, we investigate your co-pay during your pre-admission screening process; however, we encourage all patients to call Customer Service to inquire about the specifics of your rehabilitation benefit.

Financial Assistance

Anderson Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare services to patients unable to pay their financial liabilities. We offer financial assistance for those who do not have insurance or those who have insurance but are in financial need. Financial Counselors are available Monday through Friday and can be reached at 618-391-6920.

Stroke Survivor Support Group

All are welcome to the Stroke Survivor Support Group, which meets monthly, the second Wednesday of every month, from 3-4 PM in The Rehabilitation Center’s dining room.




7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Rehab Center, 2nd floor
Anderson Hospital
6800 State Route 162
Maryville, Illinois 62062
Unit is open 24/7