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Acute Care Rehabilitation

The Acute Care Rehabilitation Program provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy for patients at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital.

Our Staff

The Acute Care Rehabilitation Team includes highly qualified professional and support staff who provide therapy for patients overcoming a wide variety of conditions. The staff are responsible for the care of patients in the tower at the main New Hanover Regional Medical Center campus and at NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital.

When and Where We Work

  • Our usual hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.
  • The majority of therapy  is done at the patient’s bedside and is focused on helping the patient become as independent as possible before discharge from the hospital.
  • Patients may be transported to the NHRMC tower’s first floor hydrotherapy room for wound care, or may be seen at bedside for pulsatile lavage.
  • Our Speech Therapists have expertise in identifying and treating swallowing disorders and collaborate with Radiology Services to perform diagnostic testing.

Scope of Service

The focus of the Acute Care Rehabilitation Services (ACRS) staff is to work with patients who are impaired as a result of illness, injury, or surgical procedures. The average daily census of the tower is 434 patients and at CFH is 56 patients; approximately 30-35% of these patients receiving therapy services each day.

Upon receipt of physician order, patients may have therapy on any of the nursing units, including Ambulatory Surgery Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Cardiac Care Unit, Progressive Care Unit, Neurosciences Unit, Orthopedic Unit, Oncology Unit, or any other area of inpatient need.

Most patients with neurological or orthopedic conditions have Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and/or Speech Language Pathology consultations within 24 hours of admission. Patients with other conditions, such as cardiopulmonary diagnosis or that have post-surgical limitations, are often referred for therapy assessment of mobility, self care, communication, and/or swallowing.

Our Patient Focus

Patients who are admitted with a primary diagnosis related to an acute functional impairment are our highest priority, such as patients with neurological conditions and musculoskeletal conditions.

Patients must have potential to increase their functional abilities based on
a) their pre-morbid status,
b) their status at time of referral,
c) their willingness and ability to participate in therapy, and/or
d) the anticipated discharge disposition.

Patients who require maintenance level activity generally do not require skilled rehab services, i.e. routine ambulation for a patient who is admitted for a gastrointestinal condition does not require PT intervention. Patients who have already received similar services during the same or previous admissions may not require continued therapy if no functional progress is apparent.

Contact Information

New Hanover Regional Medical Center -  910-343-7324
NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital  - 910-452-8668

New Hanover Regional Medical Center
2131 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
FAX 343.2720

Cape Fear Hospital
5301 Wrightsville Avenue
Wilmington, NC

2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  |  910.343.7000