Inpatient Rehabilitation Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Inpatient Rehabilitation Program: Why Choose Us


Since 1992, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has received the maximum Three-Year Accreditation by CARF International for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.

Accreditation demonstrates that Nationwide Children’s is committed to enhancing its performance, managing its risk and distinguishing its service delivery. For additional information about CARF or the accreditation process, visit


There are many reasons why we’re a leading pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.

  • The 2015 satisfaction rate of our customers, including patients, families, payer sources and referring physicians, was 97% (103/107).
  • We are accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for our comprehensive Inpatient Pediatric Specialty Program.
  • We are a pediatric family-centered inpatient rehabilitation program. The child/adolescent and family are the core of our Rehabilitation Team. Parents are considered an extension of their child, not a visitor.
  • Our most important goal of rehabilitation is to successfully return patients to home, school and community. Our successful School Reintegration Program involves the family and school as key players.
  • We are located within a 460-bed pediatric Level I Trauma Hospital, with direct and immediate medical services available.
  • Onsite services available:
    • Medical services - 24 hours a day/7 days a week in-house coverage
    • Diagnostic services (Radiology, Ultrasound, etc.) - results available within 4 hours unless ordered STAT and then reported immediately
    • Laboratory services - results available within 4 hours unless ordered STAT and then reported immediately
    • Pharmacy services - 24 hours a day/7 days a week availability
  • We feel that adolescents are not little adults but are individuals that are still developing and maturing, who need the “family-centered” approach to rehabilitation.
  • All of our patient rooms are private with an attached bathroom and tub/shower.
  • Parents are welcome to spend the night in their child’s room. We also have a Ronald McDonald House located on our campus.

Rehabilitation Values

  • Respect for the individual contribution of each team member as a vital component of an effective and collaborative team.
  • Enthusiasm for the success of our patients as a reflection of the efforts of our team.
  • Humor to relieve stress and enhance recovery.
  • Attitude that reflects a total team commitment to positive patient outcomes.
  • Belief in the pursuit of excellence, integrity, diversity and innovation of care for our patients.

Family-Centered Care

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we focus on family-centered care. That means we care about the family’s needs as well as the patient’s. It also means the family plays a valuable role in the patient’s care. Your support and attention are essential and we want to partner with you on your child’s care.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital recognizes that each patient we treat is a member of a unique family with varied values, needs, environments, cultures, resources and strengths. We are committed to ensuring our facilities and people support family-centered concepts that promote efficiency, flexibility and quality care while honoring the family’s need for confidentiality and privacy.

Rehabilitation Team

Our Rehabilitation Team:

  • Recognizes the entire family as the constant in the patient’s life.
  • Works with the family in planning and providing care.
  • Shares all information about the patient’s care and progress in a supportive way.
  • Puts into practice policies to support the emotional and financial needs of the family.
  • Recognizes every family has strengths, and respects the family’s ways of coping with the patient’s care, hospitalization and rehabilitation.
  • Considers the developmental needs of each patient and family in planning and providing care.
  • Assists the family in meeting with other parents for encouragement and support.
  • Ensures our program will be flexible, accessible and responsive to the patient’s and family’s needs.

Meet Beck, Our Medical Dog

Beck joined the Inpatient Rehabilitation Team in May 2016. He joins Hud II as part of our Animal-Assisted Therapy (ATT) Program.
Our medical dogs are exceptionally trained from Canine Companions for Independence, a national organization that trains service dogs. Each is cared for by an Nationwide Children’s employee who has received training as a facility dog handler and incorporates the dog into their job-specific responsibilities. 
Since the program was initiated, these specially trained dogs, under the guidance of professional clinicians, have helped countless children and adolescents gain more independence and confidence. They make very challenging activities fun and provide unconditional acceptance and love to our patients and their families. Different from visiting “therapy dogs,” Hud and Beck may work alongside the following providers: 
  • Trained therapists to target specific goals, while also providing comfort and companionship
  • Speech pathologists to work on talking or remembering commands after a brain injury.
  • Occupational therapists to encourage a patient who has had a stroke to use a weak hand to pet the dog or hold the leash
  • Physical therapists to help with walking longer distances
  • Recreation therapist to help reduce anxiety and improve empowerment in a child who is struggling with mental health challenges
The program began in 2006 with Ansley, a black lab-golden retriever cross, who joined the team after extensive training as a service dog with Canine Companions for Independence. Hud II was added in 2014 to focus on inpatients on the behavioral health unit. Ansley has since retired after eight years of service.
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