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UNC Rehabilitation Center

The mission of the UNC Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is to improve, restore and maintain functional abilities and maximize quality of life in patients with disabilities; educate health care professionals in rehabilitation care and services; and advance rehabilitation research.

About Us

Rehabilitative care provides persons served with the skills and support necessary to function in an environment with as much independence and choice and as little supervision and restriction as possible. The totality of this care spans the rehabilitation continuum to optimize the functionality and quality of life and prevent and or treat conditions of physically disabled persons.

Inpatient Unit Features

The UNC Rehabilitation Center is a 40-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) located on the fourth floor of the UNC Hillsborough Campus Hospital. The unit has 40 beds: all spacious private rooms.The UNC Rehabilitation Center is a 40-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) located on the third and fourth floors of the UNC Hillsborough Campus Hospital. The unit has 40 beds: all spacious private rooms.

Treatment areas include:

  • large interdisciplinary gym with open and natural lighting
  • transitional living apartment
  • family dining area and lounge
  • recreational therapy spaces
  • online food ordering
  • state of the art therapy equipment

The UNC 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: 

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The UNC Rehabilitation Center Advantage

The UNC Rehabilitation Center is a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CHRP), designed to meet the inpatient rehabilitation needs of patients with temporary or permanent disabilities. Patients benefit 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 nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Proudly, the Center has been CARF-accredited since 1998. This accreditation represents the highest level awarded in rehabilitation care 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

An interdisciplinary team of competent, qualified professionals, under the direction of a physiatrist, provides rehabilitative services consistent with professional standards of practice. Team composition consists of representatives of each discipline based on the clinical needs of the person served. The team is typically comprised of:

  • Physiatrists from UNC’s department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R)
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Care Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Psychologists
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Education Specialists
  • Audiologists
  • Chaplains
  • Other professionals as needed

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

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Hillsborough Rehab Building

Contact Us

Rehab Intake Office: 984-974-0340
Nurse Station A: 984-974-5666

New Location:
UNC Rehabilitation Center
430 Waterstone Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278

UNC Rehabilitation Center Patients, Care and Outcomes

Please review our quality and results information for 2022.

UNC Center for Rehabilitation Facts

July 2021-June 2022

  • 620 Admissions
  • 615 Adults
  • 5 Adolescents (aged 15-17)
  • >95% of patients would recommend UNC Rehabilitation Center 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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CARF* Accredited Stroke Program


July 2021-June 2022

  • 108 Stroke Patients

  • 81.5% of stroke patients discharged from UNC back to the community; compared to 79.7% for the region and 76.7% for the nation

*Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities