Rehabilitation Unit

When recovering from a serious illness, injury or complex surgery, you may need specialized therapy to help you regain function and ease the transition from the hospital back to your home.

The Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (PMC) Acute Rehabilitation unit is committed to helping you resume your regular activities as quickly as possible.

We care for individuals with conditions resulting from:

  • Amputations
  • Complex joint replacements, including bilateral knee and hip replacements
  • Craniotomies
  • Debilitating rheumatoid arthritis
  • Guillaine-Barré syndrome
  • Hip fractures
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Medical complexity
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurological conditions
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Stroke

There are many benefits to choosing PMC's Acute Rehabilitation:

Located in a leading acute care hospital

Our Acute Rehabilitation is located on the fourth floor of Princeton Medical Center, a leading teaching hospital and state-designated Primary Stroke Center. In a state-of-the-art acute care setting, patients have convenient access to other important clinical services on site. These include 24/7 respiratory therapy and a rapid response team of physicians, nurses and other clinicians who have been specially trained to diagnose and treat emerging and acute clinical issues. There is a physician on site 24/7 who can respond to your needs.

Should you require emergent acute hospitalization, you are already in the facility that you need, instead of waiting for an ambulance to pick you up and transport you across town.

CARF Accreditation

CARF Gold SealThe Acute Rehabilitation at PMC has earned three-year accreditation from CARF International, the premier accrediting agency for rehabilitation programs nationwide, following a rigorous on-site survey that evaluates every aspect of the unit's operations.

PMC's Acute Rehabilitation is one of only 10 inpatient hospital programs in New Jersey to hold that distinction.

Active and Involved Medical Leadership

The Acute Rehabilitation unit is led by physicians who are board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

These specialists will customize your rehabilitation program in collaboration with our interdisciplinary rehabilitation team and your primary physician or board certified internist/hospitalist.

Excellent Care

Each patient in the Acute Rehabilitation unit receives preadmission screening, a personal evaluation and a comprehensive treatment plan. Treatment goals are focused on measurable improvements and the return of vital functions, such as balance, mobility, cognition, speech and memory. The length of stay depends on patient’s diagnosis, functional ability and safety issues. The typical stay in an inpatient rehabilitation facility ranges from 7 to 21 days.

Patients receive care in a therapy gym and practice life skills in a variety of home-like and public settings, including a fully equipped private apartment that simulates the home. There is also an emphasis on patient education as an important component of care.

The unit’s location within the hospital ensures full access to high-quality medical care 24 hours a day, including radiology, pharmacy, lab and dialysis services.


acute rehabilitation apartmemt

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit features an apartment-style suite, pictured above, where patients and their loved ones can stay and practice daily activities in preparation for the patient's return home. The suite provides the opportunity for patients to practice getting in and out of bed, preparing meals and doing laundry--and for their loved ones to practice assisting them if needed. This suite, which has received high praise from patients and families, is unique among acute rehab units in this region.

Interdisciplinary Treatment

Every patient in the Acute Rehabilitation unit is treated by a team of highly trained professionals representing a variety of disciplines and specialties, including:

  • Physicians with board certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • Physicians with board certification in internal medicine and other medical specialties.
  • Licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists with advanced training and certification as stroke rehabilitation specialists.
  • Certified rehabilitation registered nurses.
  • Licensed clinical social workers.

Continuity of Care

Acute Rehabilitation physicians and staff have direct computer access to patients’ hospital records, helping to ensure a smooth transition from one level of care to the next.

For patients coming to PMC from another hospital, we are committed to providing your personal physician with thorough and timely information about your care and progress in the rehabilitation program.

Exceptional Outcomes

Acute Rehabilitation patients typically receive three hours of therapy a day. The high level of care offered by our program facilitates faster recovery with less pain, more comfort and greater function and quality of life.

Access to Full Continuum of Care

  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Network
  • Outpatient stroke support group
  • Princeton Fitness & Wellness
  • Penn Medicine Princeton HomeCare
  • Stroke specialty rehabilitation program

Joint Commission Accredited

Princeton Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, a nationally respected organization that provides accreditation based on high quality health care.

This accreditation reflects the hospital’s commitment to meeting specific standards of performance which focus on quality and patient safety.

The Right Fit

Acute Rehabilitation Unit at PMC:

  • Accepts most insurances.
  • Accepts self/family, facility and provider referrals.

Our admission team can answer your questions and help you determine if our program is right for you.

For more information, call 609.853.7803.

Acute Rehabilitation Unit