Inpatient Rehabilitation Center | MedStar Health

Inpatient Rehabilitation offers specialized care for patients with physical and cognitive limitations. There are two MedStar Health locations for Inpatient Rehabilitation: MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, our flagship 137 bed hospital in Washington, D.C., and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, MD, which hosts a dedicated 49 bed rehabilitation center. Both sites are accredited by CARF, the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and offer the highest quality of care with experts in physical medicine and rehabilitation, nursing, and physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies. 

Inpatient rehabilitation services

  • Amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics (MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital Only)
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Disease
  • Stroke

A typical day at the inpatient rehabilitation center

  • Morning: Your nursing team will give you medications and assist you as you prepare for your day’s activities. Your nurse or therapist will assist you with your activities of daily living, or ADLs, including grooming, bathing, dressing, and having breakfast. As a patient, you should plan to dress in regular clothing, including shoes, so that your therapy closely reflects how you will function in your home environment. You will then attend morning therapy sessions.

  • Noon: Break for rest and lunch. If needed, a therapist may work with you during your lunch on swallowing and eating skills.

  • Afternoon: Therapy sessions and educational activities continue until 4 p.m.

  • Evening: Dinner and visits with your family and friends will round out your day. Informal activities may take place in the evening as well.

Rehabilitation requires a balance of therapy and rest. Throughout the day, your schedule will include opportunities for both. Typically, therapy sessions occur between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Your individual schedule may change day to day. When you are not in therapy, you are given the chance to practice all the skills you have learned, so that you can reap the full benefit of your rehab stay. We encourage members of your family to make arrangements to attend therapy sessions, classes, and support groups, so they can follow your progress and offer their support.

Becoming a patient

A rehabilitation specialist with patient at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital's Inpatient Rehabilitation Center

Because insurance coverage varies for our services, a pre-admission financial screening is completed to determine your insurance benefit. Authorizations and pre-certifications are obtained by our admission coordinators. Financial counseling is made available for families who may need to make alternate financial arrangements.

Admission to our rehabilitation program depends on several important criteria:

  • Physical condition requires at least two rehabilitation services, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech-language therapy.
  • Ability to follow instructions, learn, and remember new skills.
  • Ability to participate in at least three hours of therapy a day, five days a week.
  • Reasonable post-rehabilitation discharge plan to the community.

To speak with an admissions liaison at MedStar National Rehabilitation hospital please call: 202-877-1152.

To speak with an admissions liaison at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital please call: 443-776-4994.

Patient Stories


Recognized as one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital has been at the forefront of Rehabilitation Medicine since its opening in 1986. Our mission of Adding Life to Years® has not only propelled the growth of our hospital, it has also allowed us to take on some of the nation’s most complex cases. Driven by our use of the latest technology, our research partnership with Georgetown University School of Medicine, and our expert team of physicians, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital provides industry-leading inpatient care tailored to each patient’s unique needs.

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital features a team that offers expert, specialized care for patients with physical and cognitive limitations. The 60,000-square-foot center offers the latest in rehabilitation care, enhancing our patients' experience with a healing environment, compassionate caregivers, innovative technology, and expert practices. With physicians from MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, our partnership reinforces MedStar Good Samaritan's expertise as a top rehabilitation hospital in the Baltimore region.

After inpatient rehabilitation

MedStar Health offers multiple services to help patients and their families transition to home after inpatient rehabilitation. From support groups, to home care, to outpatient rehabilitation, MedStar Health is here for you.

To learn more about Outpatient Rehabilitation, please visit MedStar Health Physical Therapy to find a location close to you.

To learn more about Home Care, please visit MedStar Health Home Care.

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