Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient Rehabilitation

If you or your family member has had surgery, an injury or illness, our comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program can help you recover more quickly and regain and maintain as much independence as possible.

Our team of highly-skilled medical professionals will work with you and your doctor to develop an individually-designed treatment program to match the level of care you require. Your treatment program will be lead by a physiatrist and you may work with other medical professionals, including physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, case managers, pharmacists, and registered dieticians.

Our inpatient rehabilitation program includes services for:

  • Amputation
  • Brain injuries
  • Hip fractures
  • Orthopedics
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Strokes
  • Neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy, neuropathies & Guillian-Barre

In addition, our multi-disciplinary team will educate you on equipment that may help you become more independent and about community resources that can help you achieve a more independent lifestyle.

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital is the only hospital in New Mexico accredited by the commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in six programs:

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  • Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Spinal Cord System of Care
  • Stroke Specialty Program
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs
  • Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (adults)
  • Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (children and adolescents)

CARF accreditations help set the standards for quality care for Rehabilitation Hospitals. To be accredited, hospitals must meet the standards and requirements set by this outside organization. Some examples of requirements for CARF accreditation include:

  • A medical director and doctors who are board certified in rehab-related specialties such as physiatry or neurology
  • A team approach for patient care
  • Regular rehab team meetings to evaluate each patient’s progress
  • Involvement of family members in the program
  • Regular family meetings to keep them up-to-date with the progress of their loved ones
  • Patient and family education
  • Patient and family support
  • Defined process for handling emergencies
  • Ongoing assessment of each patient’s progress in terms of abilities and level of independence in activities of daily living
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Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital, along with all 5 outpatient therapy sites, received the Excellence in Outcomes Award from the Focus On ® Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO), Inc. FOTO accreditation.

This means that all clinics, including Downtown, Wyoming, Enchanted Hills, Santa Fe, and Jemez, exceeded national norms, standardized across the United States, in outcomes excellence for four consecutive quarters. In addition, all sites combined yielded patient satisfaction scores above national norms, with a 98 percent average.

Why should you choose Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital?

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital is an acute Rehabilitation hospital, and as such provides a level of care with important advantages over other settings such as a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living center. At Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital you can expect:

Patients receive a minimum of 3 hours of therapy per day (15 hours per week). This can include physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy depending on the patients needs. Other settings have no minimum requirement on the number of therapy hours a patient will receive and therapy can be administered by aides. Therapy at Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital is always administered by licensed therapist. Patients at Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital will also benefit from more nurse attention as patients receive a minimum of 6 nursing hours per patient each day. Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital also provides for 24-hours a day of Registered Nursing oversight. The RN oversight requirement in a nursing home setting is a minimum of 8 hours a day.

Patients at Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital will be seen by Dr. John Henry Sloan, MD, MPH, a physiatrist who is a specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine, daily during their inpatient stay. In other settings, patients generally see a doctor once a month or at most once a week.

Lovelace Inpatient Rehab care is composed of interdisciplinary teams meeting and coordinating all aspects of a patient's care focused on achieving well defined and stated goals. The focus on inpatient care is returning a patient to independent living. Skilled nursing facilities are generally focused on caring and providing for a patient’s ongoing needs rather than returning the patient to independence.

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital offers patients an indoor therapy pool and aquatics pool as well as a therapy gym equipped with a number of cutting edge rehabilitation tools including:

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