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.


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

WeeFIM® Efficiency

We measure functional improvement by assessing 18 skill areas and rating the child using a scale from one, which is "dependent," to seven, which is "independent." Functional change equals the actual points gained from the date of rehab admission until discharge home.

2012 Chart Data of Rehab WeeFIM Efficiency

Average Onset to Rehab Admissions

Our average time from onset of incident/injury to rehab admission is consistently lower than national averages. This is primarily due to our location within a major children’s hospital, which maintains a strong continuum of care.

2013 Chart Data of Average Onset to Rehab Admissions

Return to School

Many factors influence a child’s ability to return to school. Our program centers around each child’s unique circumstances and the best means of achieving this goal.

2013 Chart Data of Rehab Patients Returning to School

Return To Home

Returning patients to home is a fundamental goal of outcome-oriented rehabilitation. In some cases, a transfer to the acute care unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is warranted for continued medical treatment before being discharged.

2013 Chart Data of Rehab Patients Returning to Home

Average Length of Stay

Our average length of stay remains significantly less than the national average.

2012 Chart Data of Rehab Patients Average Length of Stay


We continue to care for a diverse mix of patient ages. Teenagers aged 13 years and up make up nearly half (48%) of our population.

2012 Chart Data of Rehab Patient Ages


Traumatic brain injury continues to be the leading group of diagnoses among our Rehab patient population.

2012 Chart Data of Rehab Patient Diagnoses

Customer Satisfaction

Our customer satisfaction 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.

2013 Chart Data of Rehab Patient Customer Satisfaction
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