Rehabilitation Outcomes :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Rehabilitation Outcomes

Our approach to inpatient rehabilitation focuses on the path ahead. What skills will each patient need to achieve the highest level of independence when he or she returns to home, school and community? We know that every patient’s goal and environment will be different. That’s why we tailor each rehabilitation plan to match the lives of each patient. This model—called outcome-oriented rehabilitation—relies on a partnership between patients, their families, and our highly skilled team of therapists, nurses, physicians and social workers.

Read our Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Annual Report to learn more about what we do and see the outcomes that showcase our efforts.

Demonstrated Differences in Rehab

Focused on Children and Young Adults

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is specialized for the unique needs of children and teens. All of the physician specialists on our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team are pediatric trained. Our outcome-oriented rehabilitation plans are designed with physical, cognitive and social development in mind.

Innovative Facilities in a Real-World Setting

Our inpatient unit is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment that allows patients to work toward recovery in a safe, fun environment. "Determination Way," our custom-designed simulated community, provides a real-world environment where patients learn how to manage activities of daily living.

Continuum of Care

Because we are located within a leading pediatric medical institution, we offer a complete continuum of care all under one roof. Patients have direct access to a range of medical specialties, such as Critical Care, Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology and Pulmonary Medicine, just to name a few. Access to round-the-clock emergency services means our patients aren’t transferred to another facility when a critical need arises. Our program also accepts patients on ventilators, something many free-standing centers cannot do.

Experts in Trauma

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of only three freestanding Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers in Ohio, and among those three, we are the only one that is also verified as a Burn Center by the American Burn Association.

CARF Accredited for Pediatrics

Our program is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Pediatric Specialty Program, an accreditation that recognizes our commitment to providing results-driven, quality services that focus on the unique needs of each patient and family.

Annual Report Highlights

Highlights from the annual report are shown below. View the 2014 Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Annual Report.


The WeeFIM®, or functional independence measure, is a tool used to assess and measure the level of assistance needed by the child to perform basic life activities effectively. The higher rating indicates a greater level of independence.


Many factors influence a child’s ability to return to school. Our program is focused on each child’s unique circumstances and determining the best means of achieving this goal. The staff teacher works with each patient to identify challenges and learn skills that will assist them when they return to school.


A greater percentage of our patients are discharged back to their homes – even though we take on the most challenging cases. In 2014, only one patient was discharged to an extended care facility.


Our average length of stay remains significantly less than the national average. It is a reflection of our commitment to help our patients return to home as quickly as possible.


We continue to care for a diverse mix of patient ages. Almost half (42 percent) of admissions were teenagers, aged 13 years and older.


There are many reasons patients need inpatient rehabilitation programs, and we are here to address all of them. Our multidisciplinary team works together to achieve the best outcomes in all rehab cases, from traumatic brain injury to burns and epilepsy.

No matter the initial diagnosis or prognosis, our team works toward one goal: the best possible outcome for each patient. We track our performance to turn the best outcomes of today into even better outcomes tomorrow.


Our customer satisfaction scores have been at 100 percent since 2011. The scores speak volumes about our performance. We strive for the highest level of satisfaction and remain in constant contact with patients and families to ensure we are meeting their needs.

Selected quotes from the 2014 satisfaction survey:

  • “The fact that I was able to be with him the entire time he was going through rehab. I think it helped both of us tremendously.”
  • “The staff of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Rehab unit was excellent. They were very kind & helpful with understanding exactly what was needed to help my son achieve his goals and to help him return home and to school in the easiest way.”
  • “This has been a marvelous experience, in spite of the reason behind our stay. The level of care is amazing. The teamwork, dedication, effort and love the staff displayed consistently was outstanding. The training provided to the parents in preparation for departure was excellent, made us feel very certain we could continue our child’s care and recover.”

2015 Outcomes: Top Four Diagnoses

Overall Satisfaction for all Diagnoses: 103/107 (97%) 


Admissions: 28

Age ranges: 3-18 years (avg. 12 years)

Average length of stay: 27.3 days

Discharged home: 28/28 (100%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 1 patient

Average Number of hours of services/day: 5.30 hours
(Services include: PT, OT, Speech, Massage, Recreational Therapies, School, and psychology services)

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 33.2 points


Admissions: 19

Age ranges: 4-32 years (avg. 12 years)

Average length of stay: 13.5 days

Discharged home: 19/19=100%

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 1

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.93 hours
(Services include: PT, OT, Speech, Massage, Recreational Therapies, School, and Psychology services)

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 34.04 points


Admissions: 6

Age ranges: 13-21 years (avg. 16 years)

Average length of stay: 17.3 days

Discharged home: 6/6=100%

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 0

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.87 hours
(Services include: PT, OT, Speech, Massage, Recreational Therapies, School, and Psychology services)

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 26


Admissions: 25

Age ranges: 2-19 years (avg. 9 years)

Average length of stay: 31.04 

Discharged home: 25/25 (100%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 1 patient

Average Number of hours of services/day: 5.07 hours
(Services include: PT, OT, Speech, Massage, Recreational Therapies, School, and Psychology services)

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 26.68 points

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000