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MedStar Health: Inpatient Rehabilitation Services at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington DC
102 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

Compassionate and expert therapy from the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Washington, D.C.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MedStar NRH) is the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the mid-Atlantic region, and the only specialty hospital in the MedStar Health system. Here, our top-rated physicians and therapists bring together the best in rehabilitation care, research, education and training, assistive technology, and advocacy. As a result, we're prepared to treat any injury and help patients rebuild their lives after a serious injury or illness.

All of our resources are dedicated to “Adding Life to Years®”—and that’s our critical difference. While acute care is extending people’s lives, our goal is to make sure that people achieve their maximum level of function and independence to thrive when they return to home, work, and life. We have been committed to this goal for decades—and have helped improve the lives of thousands of people with disabilities.

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Our inpatient programs

Nationally ranked as one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report, our centers of excellence are here to help treat you and your loved ones.

Specialty services

At MedStar NRH, you'll find a variety of unique services helping individuals reclaim and maintain their health and independence.

  • Driver training

    Since 1987, the GEICO Driver Training program has been teaching drivers with mobility, cognitive or visual impairments how to drive with adaptive equipment or adaptive strategies. More than 1000 people have received driver training at MedStar NRH, which is the only fully accessible driving program in the Metropolitan Washington area.

  • Music therapy

    Neurologic music therapy is the evidence-based use of music in a rehabilitative setting to improve speech and language, sensory-motor skills, cognition, and other functional abilities. For stroke patients and others, music therapy can improve mood, reduce stress levels, and elicit a physical response in the body. Read Mikisha’s story to see how music therapy helped her find her voice again after surviving a stroke.

  • Prosthetic and orthotic services

    In partnership with Hanger Clinic, we offer complete prosthetic and orthotic services for adults, adolescents, and children at our main hospital and at outpatient offices throughout the greater Washington metropolitan area.

  • Seating and Mobility Clinic

    Our Seating and Mobility Clinic provides a comprehensive evaluation of clients’ seating and mobility needs by assessing their skin integrity. Through computerized pressure mapping to examine for skin breakdown, postural alignment, range of motion, and strength, we can make individualized treatment and equipment recommendations.

  • Spasticity Clinic

    The Spasticity Clinic’s interdisciplinary team of experts assesses range of motion, strength, functional mobility, gait problems, and spasm severity to make treatment and equipment recommendations.

  • Spinal cord injury day treatment program

    Our unique Day Treatment program is designed especially for people who sustained a spinal cord injury. The program focuses on successfully reintegrating people into their homes, communities, and jobs through comprehensive therapy up to five hours a day, three to five days a week. The program includes individual and group therapy tailored to each person’s rehabilitation needs.

  • Rehabilitation engineering

    The MedStar NRH Rehabilitation engineering service custom builds or modifies a wide range of equipment from motorized wheelchairs, prosthetics, braces, and communication devices to customized one-of-a-kind adaptive equipment to increase patients’ mobility and function.

Our facility

At MedStar NRH, we’ve created an attractive and nurturing environment that promotes recovery every day. Patients participate in therapy and recreation in a variety of settings, including:

  • Independence Square®, a simulated “real world” community designed to teach patients the skills needed for independent living. The expansive therapy space simulates a neighborhood with a bank, diner, gas station and a fully functional home with kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
  • The Therapeutic Garden with its Victory of the Human Spirit® sculpture fountain located on the picturesque hospital grounds.
  • The nearby Mobil Fitness Court, giving patients the opportunity for informal basketball and tennis.
  • The hospital’s Ruth S. Willoughby Playground, which features fully accessible equipment that gives children an inviting place for play and therapy.

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Patient and visitor information


MedStar NRH encourages visits from family members and friends during your stay with us. Click the link below to find the latest updates to our visitor policy.


We offer a hospital parking garage 24/7 and are easily accessible by public transportation, including metro and shuttle bus service.

Research and clinical trials


The award-winning Christoph Ruesch Research Center at MedStar NRH has four internationally-recognized centers dedicated. There our renowned researchers are exploring new rehabilitative interventions for people with disabilities and developing better ways to deliver and pay for these services:

  • The Assistive Technology Research Center

  • The Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research

  • The Neuroscience Research Center

  • The Center for Post-Acute Studies

With dozens of active investigations underway and more than 12 million dollars in current funding, the Christoph Ruesch Research Center is engaged in a wide range of innovative studies and plays a crucial role in reshaping the future of rehabilitation medicine.

Clinical trials

This strong research program gives MedStar NRH patients a real advantage—a “bench to bedside” approach to care that cultivates the speedy adoption of effective new interventions. MedStar NRH is also the site of several clinical trials that offer our patients the opportunity to take an active role in improving care across the country, as well as impact the outcome of their own rehabilitation.

Why choose us

Since opening the doors of our rehabilitation hospital in 1986, we've become Washington D.C.'s “go-to” resource for men, women, and children with disabilities, helping them enrich their lives through expert rehabilitation, sports and leisure activities, education, advocacy and emotional support.

Here you'll find:

  • An interdisciplinary team of experts, including rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, and others working collaboratively to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. This collaborative approach in a hospital setting allows us to provide complex care to help improve immediate recovery and long-term outcomes.
  • Advanced rehabilitation technology that we've designed and refined, including:
    • Robotic exoskeletons to build strength and coordination in people with spinal cord injuries
    • The NRH-designed revolutionary ZeroG® system—the first-ever dynamic overground body-weight support system designed to help patients learn to walk again by creating a zero-gravity environment
  • Internationally-respected leaders in rehabilitation research who are discovering and implementing the treatments of the future. Through this research, we offer our patients the option to participate in advanced treatment studies that may improve their recovery beyond the standard treatments available elsewhere and prevent problems associated with their particular injury.
  • A respected center for the education of rehabilitation professionals, fostering career development through continuing education, internships, residencies, clinical rotations, and fellowships. More than 2000 students pass through our doors each year.
  • An active advocacy program, which plays a prominent role in increasing access and opportunity for millions of Americans with disabilities. We're also a proud partner of U.S. Paralympics and BlazeSports America, serving as the region's hub for adaptive sports programs for children and adults.
  • Seamless access to comprehensive and coordinated services throughout our inpatient and outpatient facilities. By offering many services that were once provided in a structured inpatient environment in outpatient settings, our patients can access the services they need right in their community.
  • Patient- and family-centered care that emphasizes connection and empowerment through education, support groups, and unique mentoring programs.

Awards and recognition

The quality of MedStar NRH has been tested again and again by the nation’s most important accreditation organizations—and by physicians across the county. And year after year, the hospital has proven to be one of the most respected rehabilitation facilities in the country. Even though we are honored to receive the accomplishments listed below, we are most proud of our outcomes and the difference we make in each person’s life we treat.

  • MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best hospitals for medical rehabilitation.
  • MedStar NRH physicians are named among the area’s “Best Doctors” in the Washingtonian magazine annual poll.
  • Yellow and blue CARF (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) Aspire to Excellence LogoThe hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
  • We also offer multiple CARF-Accredited Specialty Programs, including Amputation, Brain Injury, Pediatrics, Stroke Recovery, and Spinal Cord Injury.
  • Our Spinal Cord program is also one of only 18 Model Spinal Cord Systems in the country, designated by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) through a highly competitive five-year grant.
  • The MedStar NRH Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency program is consistently ranked amongst the top residency programs in the nation by Doximity.

Contact us

To speak with an Admissions Liaison or a Manager at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital please call 202-877-1152 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here to learn more about admissions to MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital.