When you’re recovering from a painful injury, condition or debilitating illness requiring inpatient rehabilitation, where you seek care makes a difference. You want to make sure you’re in a comfortable, healing environment with the right kind of expertise, experience and resources. You want to rehabilitate as quickly and completely as possible, so you can get back to your own home, family and life.

In the Kansas City area, look no further than Research Medical Center. We’re recognized as one of the best in the nation — named a 2014 Top Performer by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. Our score put us in the top three percent in the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes, ranking 774 rehabilitation centers.

In fact, compared to the national average, our patients:

  • Are discharged at a higher functional level
  • Regain function in a shorter amount of time
  • Are more likely to return home after being released

Because all our rehabilitation programs are located within major medical centers, you’ll have access to other medical specialists, the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies, and all the resources of HCA Midwest Health. We’re fully capable of treating severe injuries, conditions and illnesses, including:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neurological conditions
  • Amputations
  • Orthopedics
  • Multi-trauma
  • Burns
  • Other conditions such as cardiac, pulmonary and debility (weakness)

As an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF), our programs provide intensive therapy beyond what a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can provide. In fact, our inpatient programs provide each patient with nearly twice as many hours of therapy per week than is provided in an SNF. Unlike an SNF, we provide:

  • On-site emergency care
  • Rehabilitation led by a rehab physician specialist
  • 24-hour care and daily consultation with physicians
  • One nurse for every four or five patients, compared to 15 to 20 patients per nurse in SNFs
  • At least three hours of therapy a day, or 15 hours over seven days
  • A well-rounded, experienced multi-disciplinary team approach
  • Outcomes are measured against other programs across the U.S.
  • Admission from any setting, with no requirement for a hospital stay
  • Average length of stay of 12 to 14 days, with more than 70 percent of patients returning to home or to assisted or independent living communities.

As a part of HCA Midwest Health, we draw from skilled experts that include:

  • Physical therapists, specializing in building mobility, strength and endurance
  • Occupational therapists, who focus on helping you perform the activities of daily living
  • Speech pathologists, to help improve speech, language, communication, voice, swallowing and fluency

For referrals or more information about Research Medical Center’s inpatient rehab center, call (816) 223-7893.

Type Of Care Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing Facility
Emergency Care In-house emergency care Must call 911 for transport to ER
Rehabilitation Rehabilitation is led by a physician specializing in rehabilitative medicine Usually not a physician who has rehabilitation expertise
Physician Visits 24 hour coverage-daily rounds, consulting physicians Maximum visits 1-2 days a week, limited or no consulting physicians
Nurse - Patient Ratio One nurse for 4-5 patients One nurse for 15-20 patients
Certified Nurses Registered nurses with extensive experience in caring for patients during rehabilitation Not required
Therapy Minimum of 3 hours of combined therapy a day, or 15 hours over 7 days Less than three hours a day, frequently 1-2 hours a day
Team Patient Care Interdisciplinary team approach including rehab and consulting physicians, RNs, PTs, OTs, SLPs, SWs Not required
Functional Measurements Functional outcomes are measured and benchmarked against rehabilitation facilities across the country Usually not measured or benchmarked
Admission Admit from any setting - does not require a three night hospitalization Usually requires a three night hospitalization
Return to Community Measurements Return to community after rehab; 70% - 75% is the benchmark for rehab Usually not measured and not known
Length of Stay Average length of stay 12-14 days Usually 21-30 days

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