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.

Leader in Trauma Care

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the largest American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in the nation. Our Burn Program is nationally recognized as a verified burn program through 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.

Committed to Best Outcomes

Nationwide Children’s is on a journey to create the best outcomes for children everywhere. Through our strategic plan, we will continue to:

  • Make every day a safe day for our patients, families and staff
  • Help our patients return to their schools and communities
  • Expand opportunities for our patients, including those undergoing orthopedic surgery or Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Improve educational opportunities for patients and families
  • Facilitate our patients’ independence and increase long-term quality of life outcomes
  • Invest in our staff, our programs and our research

2019 Annual Report Highlights

Age of Patients
More than half of our patients are pre-teens and teenagers. 
Patient Diagnoses
We help patients recover from a variety of significant illnesses and injuries.
2019 Customer Satisfaction
Satisfaction is the essence of success. Our patients and families continue to give us high ratings. 100% of parents stated they would recommend Nationwide Children’s to others.
Average Length of Stay
We are committed to helping our patients recover so they return home as quickly as possible.
Patients Discharged to Home
Ninety-three percent of our patients returned home, which is greater than the national average of 89.5%.
WEEFIM Improvement
The WeeFIM®, or Functional Independence Measure, is a tool used to measure the level of assistance a patient needs in order to effectively perform basic life activities. Our patients experienced greater improvement in independence than the national average.

2019 Outcomes: Top Diagnoses

At Discharge, 129/131 (98%) of our patients and parents were satisfied with our program.

Non-Traumatic Brain Injury

Admissions: 36

Age ranges: 1-19 years (avg. 10.1 years)

Average length of stay: 20 days

Discharged home: 29/31 (94%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 2

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.6 Hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 26.1 Points

Traumatic Brain Injury

Admissions: 25

Age ranges: 2-18 years (avg 11.2 years)

Average length of stay: 25 days

Discharged home: 24/25 (96%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 5

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.8 hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 32.8 points

Spinal Cord Injury

Admissions: 10

Age ranges: 2-22 years (avg. 13.8 years)

Average length of stay: 19.3 days

Discharged home: 9/10 (90%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 1

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.9 Hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 26.4 Points


Admissions: 8

Age ranges: 1-18 years (avg 9.3 years)

Average length of stay: 27.1 days

Discharged home: 8/8 = 100%

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 2

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.4 hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 22.9 points

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

Admissions: 24

Age ranges: 3-28 years (avg 9 years)

Average length of stay: 14.7 days

Discharged home: 24/24 (100%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.5 hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 17.1 points

Single Event Multi-Level (Orthopedic) Surgery

Admissions: 8

Age ranges: 7-18 years (avg 12.5 years)

Average length of stay: 17 days

Discharged home: 8/8 (100%)

Unplanned transfers for medical reasons: 

Average Number of hours of services/day: 4.7 hours

Average functional gain (WeeFIM®): 24.6 points