Rehab 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

We are located within a leading pediatric medical institution and 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

Ages of Patients

Rehab Age of Patients
In 2016, the age range was 1 year old to 23 years old. The number of patients older than 15 has increased, mostly due to the growth in referrals from adult trauma facilities. Each referral is evaluated individually and admission decisions are based on the needs of the patient and family.

Patient Diagnoses

Rehab Patient Diagnoses
Inpatient Rehabilitation provides services for patients who have had a wide variety of illnesses or injuries resulting in the need for intensive therapy.

Patient Location

Rehab Patient Locations
Out-of-state admissions increased to a total of 18. Patients were from the following states: Texas (9), West Virginia (5), Indiana (2), Tennessee (1) and Michigan (1).

Payor Sources

Rehab Payors
Precertification is required for each rehab admission. Managed Medicaid and commercial insurance plans constitute a majority of our payer sources. We accept all types of funding sources, including self-pay.

Average Length of Stay

Rehab Average Length of Stay
Admissions increased by 5 percent with a slightly lower length of stay (range from 2 to 64 days). The median length of stay was 19 days. The efficiency of the program results in a length of stay lower than the national average.

Return to Home

Rehab Discharge to Home
The majority of patients return to home after inpatient rehabilitation at Nationwide Children’s.

WeeFIM® Improvement

Rehab Average  WeeFIM Improvement
The WeeFIM® or Functional Independence Measure is a tool used to assess and measure the level of assistance a child needs in order to effectively perform basic life activities. WeeFIM® improvement from the time of admission until the time of discharge shows an increase in independence.

2016 Outcomes: Top Four Diagnoses

Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

Admissions: 31

Age ranges: 2-23 years (avg. 11.3 years)

Average length of stay: 24 days

Discharged home: 30/31 (97%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 2

Average Number of hours of services/day: 5.16 Hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 48.8 Points

Traumatic Brain Injury

Admissions: 29

Age ranges: 1-21 years (avg 12.5 years)

Average length of stay: 27.3 days

Discharged home: 28/29 (97%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 1

Average Number of hours of services/day: 5.32 hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 42.6 points

Neurological Conditions

Admissions: 18

Age ranges: 3-17 years (avg 11.6 years)

Average length of stay: 13.9 days

Discharged home: 17/17=100%

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 1

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.95 hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 37.7

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

Admissions: 13

Age ranges: 3-21 years (avg 8.4 years)

Average length of stay: 18.9 days

Discharged home: 13/13 (100%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.91 hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 18.9 points