UNC Rehabilitation Hospital Our Patients, Care and Outcomes

Please review our patient, care and outcomes at UNC Hospitals.

UNC Center for Rehabilitation Facts

July, 2017 - June, 2018

606 Admissions

  • 593 adults
  • 13 adolescents (aged 10-17)
  • 98% of patients participating in a satisfactory survey have stated they would recommend UNC Rehab to their family and friends

Patient Story

I want to share a personal experience of a patient who was formerly admitted here at the UNC Rehabilitation Center and was able to participate in an “Unmasking Brain Injury” guided project.  Xay, a former 18-year-old patient who suffered a traumatic brain injury following a car accident, had made gains in therapies and through several Recreational Therapy treatment sessions he was able to complete his own mask to share. – Claire Salisbury, LRT/CTRS

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UNC Rehabilitation Center

UNC Rehabilitation Center

Our mission is to improve, restore and maintain functional abilities in patients with disabilities, educate health care professionals in rehabilitative care and services, and advance rehabilitation research.

About Us

The goal of rehabilitation nursing is to assist individuals with disability and/or chronic illness to attain and maintain maximum function. The rehabilitation staff nurse assists clients in adapting to an altered lifestyle, while providing a therapeutic environment for client's and their family's development. The rehabilitation staff nurse designs and implements treatment strategies that are based on scientific nursing theory related to self-care and that promote physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health.” In the acute inpatient rehabilitation setting, the nurse serves as a teacher, a caregiver, a collaborator, and a client advocate, working with all disciplines in the rehabilitation setting to meet our patients’ needs

- Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

The UNC Rehabilitation Center Advantage

Patients benefit from our interdisciplinary team of professionals and also from immediate access to UNC’s breadth of medical and educational services. UNC's department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) is an integral part of the UNC Health Care System and supports its philosophy of community service throughout North Carolina and beyond. Additionally, our rehabilitation team consistently receives national and international recognition for their excellence and commitment to patient-based clinical care and research.

The UNC Rehabilitation Center is certified by the Joint Commission and has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, a human services accreditation agency. Proudly, the Center has been CARF accredited since 1998.

This accreditation represents the highest level awarded and demonstrates UNC Rehabilitation Center's commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Professionals Who Support UNC Rehabilitation Center

UNC Rehabilitation services are provided by skilled professionals, including:

At the Center of it all is the UNC Rehabilitation Center

The Rehabilitation Center strives to optimize each patient's recovery and independence. Our Center treats individuals with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury: traumatic or acquired
  • Spinal Cord Injury: traumatic or non-traumatic, complete or incomplete
  • Amputation: pre- and post-prosthesis
  • Burns: including Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: polyarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Postsurgical Patients: brain, spinal, orthopedic and general
  • Neurological and Neuromuscular Conditions: brain tumor, transverse myelitis and Guillain-Barre syndrome

Rehabilitation Hospitals Deliver Higher Quality Care, Better Results

Patients who need medical rehabilitation often must choose between receiving care at a rehabilitation hospital or at a nursing home. Although these two settings serve similar patients, rehabilitation hospitals provide a far higher level of care that leads to better outcomes. For additional comparison information about specific diagnoses please click the links below.

Rehabilitation Hospitals

Nursing Homes/ Sub-Acute Rehab

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Spinal Cord Injury


Brain Injury

Find information about the Dobson, DaVanzo Study here.

Contact Us

Rehab Intake Office: 984-974-0340

Nurse Station A: 984-974-5666

A CARF* Accredited Stroke Program

July 2017 - June 2018
  • 133 Stroke Patients
  • 82% of stroke patients discharged from UNC back to the community; compared to 75.8% for the region and 73.2% for the nation

*Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities