Acute Rehabilitation

Resident roomMeadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital is a 54-bed, CARF-accredited Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital located in the rural, serene setting of Gardner, Kansas.

Our intensive rehabilitation program is designed to return individuals back to their home environments within the shortest amount of time following a stroke, brain injury, hip fracture, amputation, neurological disorder or other life-altering illness or event.

At Meadowbrook, we offer a holistic approach to acute rehabilitation and can care for patients with both rehabilitative needs and those with multiple medical comorbidities. To ensure we are offering the optimum level of care to our rehab patients, we offer 24-hour RN coverage by nurses that have received special certification in Rehab Care (CRRN), as well as offering physical, occupational and speech therapy.

There is never a “one size fits all” approach at Meadowbrook. Individualized treatment plans are formulated under the direction of physicians that specialize in rehabilitation as well as oversight by an internal medicine physician to manage patients with any medical condition.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services set the guidelines for acute inpatient therapy. They are as follows:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • MS motor neuron disease, polyneuropathy, muscular disease and Parkinson’s
  • Multiple trauma
  • Burns
  • Congenital deformity
  • Amputation
  • Fracture of femur (upper hip only)
  • Brain injury
  • Patient must be able to tolerate 3 hours of therapy a day


  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy available 7 days a week
  • E-stim
  • VitalStim®
  • Nocturnal trilogy management
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Complex wound care
  • Home safety evaluations by a Meadowbrook therapist prior to discharge
  • Prosthetic and orthotic services
  • 24/7 respiratory therapy
  • On-site pharmacist
  • IV therapy


  • Must meet acute rehabilitation criteria
  • Must be able to tolerate three hours of therapy a day
  • Must be willing to participate in therapy
  • Goal must be returning to home, independent or assisted living

Modified therapy schedules are available to meet the needs of each patient.


Patient’s length of stay on the acute rehab unit vary depending on degree of patient participation and progress. A 2014 study shows that patients treated at a medical rehabilitation facility such as Meadowbrook had, on average, better long-term results and require half the length of stay compared to those treated at a free-standing skilled nursing facility.

Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital is distinguished from other rehabilitation facilities in the region by offering three distinct rehab programs which allow for a true continuum of care across all levels of patient rehabilitation needs.