Enhancing Functional Abilities And Providing Support Along Your Journey
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Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, as part of the Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is located within Nationwide Children's Hospital. We offer a Comprehensive, Pediatric, Family-Centered Care Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.
The mission of the Rehabilitation Program is to provide comprehensive, family-centered, rehabilitative services to meet the physical, developmental, social, psychological and educational needs of our patients and families. These needs will be met through a coordinated program of rehabilitation, patient care, research and education.
Our Mission, Philosophy, Values and Ethical Principles
To provide comprehensive family-centered physical rehabilitative services while embracing the diverse and individual needs of each child and family.
The philosophy of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program reflects our dedication to enhancing each patient’s functional abilities as well as providing support and education to the patient’s family. We believe children and adolescents who have experienced some loss in cognitive or physical functions have a greater chance of recovering part or all of their abilities when actively involved in a dynamic and progressive rehabilitation program. We are committed to providing comprehensive quality health care to children and adolescents.
- 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
- An attitude that reflects the inclusive culture at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Belief in the pursuit of excellence, integrity, diversity and innovation of care for our patients
Meet Our Team
Members of the Rehabilitation team work closely to manage each aspect of patient care. Our goal is to enhance the patient’s functional abilities as well as provide support and education to the family. Learn more about our team.
Meet Our Leadership
- Program Manager: Julie Apthorpe, RN, BSN, CRRN
- Rehabilitation Coordinator: Cindy Iske, MS, OTR/L
- Clinical Leader: Heather King, RN, CRRN
- Clinical Leader: Lynn Zangmeister, RN, BSN, CPN
- Rehab Case Manager: Courtney Ebright, BS, PTA
Meet Our Physician Team
Michelle A. Miller, MD, FAAPMR, Diplomate of ABEM, is Section Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Conditions We Treat
Conditions we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Non-Traumatic Brain Injury
- Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries of all levels, completeness and etiologies
- Transverse Myelitis
- Spinal Cord Tumors
- Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries of all levels, completeness and etiologies
- Stroke / AVM
- Neurological Disorders
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Post-Surgery Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
- Gait Abnormality (also known as Conversion Disorder)
- Orthopedic Condition
- Status Post Surgery
- Traumatic Injuries
- Cardiac or Pulmonary Conditions
- Debility Related to Significant Medical Illness
- Comorbidities May Include Tracheostomy, C-PAP, Bi-PAP or Ventilator Assistance
Name: Kaylee H.
Strokes happen to children too. In fact, 7% of the patients receiving care on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital suffered from a stroke. In December 2010, 12-year-old Kaylee became one of them.
Name: Louis W.
Condition(s): Traumatic Brain Injury
On September 5th, 2015, Louis, who was 15 at the time, was in a car accident so serious he was life-flighted to Nationwide Children’s. The first few days were very frightening for his family. While the situation looked hopeless, staff and family members never lost hope.
Name: Carson R.
Condition(s): Cerebral Palsy
Age Today: 13 Years
Carson is a bubbly, happy little 7-year-old boy who can be found swiftly zooming around in his wheelchair, complete with light up wheels. But when he was born, he wasn’t expected to live very long.
Age Today: 12 Years
Hailey had her first seizure when she was just 18 months old. By the time she was a toddler, she was having 30 to 40 seizures a day.
Inside Inpatient Rehabiliation
Meet Our Rehab Team
Members of the Rehabilitation team work closely to manage each aspect of patient care. Our goal is to enhance the patient’s functional abilities as well as provide support and education to the family.
Why Choose Our Rehabilitation Program
We are a leading pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program. Learn why families choose us.
Inpatient Rehab Referrals
Our inpatient program requires physician referral. Review our admission criteria.
Your Rehab Stay
We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible during their Rehab stay. If you're preparing to stay with us, please review this checklist.
School Reintegration Program
Our Rehab school teacher plays a vital role in patients' rehabilitation.
Our approach to inpatient rehabilitation focuses on the path ahead. Read about our demonstrated differences and outcomes.
We host social activities (invitation only) at no cost to our patients and families. These gatherings provide a unique opportunity for everyone to reunite and continue their special relationships.
CARF and TJC Accreditation
We continue to maintain accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Pediatric Specialty Program.
Programs and services that are CARF accredited have demonstrated their conformance to internationally recognized standards for service delivery. We have demonstrated our commitment to continuous quality improvement and a consumer-driven focus.
Our program is also accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC).
Rehab Annual Report
Want to learn more about our program? Read our 2022 Inpatient Rehabilitation Annual Report.