Inpatient Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Unit

Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Program provides a comprehensive acute inpatient rehabilitation program designed to help you learn new skills, how to use special equipment, and do things safely for yourself so you can return home as quickly as possible. We place strong emphasis on family/caregiver training for anyone who may need some help when they go home. We are proud to say 98% of our patients are able to return home.

The PMR Program consists of 16 beds located on 3rd floor of the hospital; you can access the unit by using the B elevator. To get more information about our PMR Program or to make a referral, please call us at 315-786-4800.

In 2008 and 2010, our PMR Program received a 'Top Performer Award' among 800+ inpatient rehab facilities in the country from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr). This award is given to those facilities that rank in the top 10% for positive performance and patient outcomes.

Admission to the PM&R Program

In order to be approved for admission to the PMR Program, an individual must meet specific criteria that make it medically reasonable and necessary for the individual to remain in the hospital for rehabilitation. This criteria includes the following:

  • The need for active, ongoing therapy of at least two disciplines – Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and/or Speech Therapy; AND
  • The ability to tolerate and the willingness of the individual to actively participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy five days / week; AND
  • Evidence that the individual can make significant, measurable and practical improvement in a reasonable amount of time; AND 
  • Require close medical supervision by a physician who has specialized training and experience in inpatient rehab; AND 
  • Require the complexity of nursing, medical management and rehabilitation in a coordinated, interdisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation care.


Who can we help? Some of the patients our PMR Program can help are those who have experienced:

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • Brain injury
  • Fractured hip
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Neurological disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement


Learn even more about the PMR program by downloading our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation brochure.

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