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RehabilitationSarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Services

Inpatient and Outpatient Therapy

Our patient-focused and goal-oriented rehabilitation team offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient therapy to help people overcome the challenges and disabilities caused by an illness or injury. Our services include:

• Hospital-based inpatient rehabilitation – Our acute inpatient rehabilitation unit provides at least three hours of daily, one-on-one therapy while patients recuperate in the hospital. The 34-bed Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit (CRU) is the only hospital-based inpatient rehabilitation unit in Sarasota County, with complete medical care and emergency services available for those who need continued physician or nursing supervision. The CRU has earned the highest level of accreditation from CARF, with additional certification as a Stroke Specialty provider. Physician referral is required for admission. See our annual report or call 941-917-7622 for more information.

• Outpatient rehabilitation – We offer a full spectrum of rehabilitation services on an outpatient basis at five convenient locations throughout the county. Learn about our specialized services, or call 941-917-1385 for information.

• In-home or at assisted living/skilled nursing facilities – Our home health nurses and care teams are available to help patients manage serious or chronic medical conditions at home or in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility in the community. Find out more or call 941-917-7730 for information.

• Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – For those who do not need acute hospital care, our Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offers short- and long-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing. The center has earned the highest 5-star quality rating by Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Nursing Home ranking and the Governor’s Gold Seal Award in 2015. Learn more or call 941-917-4950.

• Rehabilitation Pavilion – Our new $50 million, 74,000-square-foot Rehabilitation Pavilion is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017. When complete, the five-story, 44-bed inpatient unit will accommodate the complex medical, rehabilitation and mobility needs of patients with brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, neurological disorders, and orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.

• Spinal Cord Injury specialist – Sarasota Memorial’s new Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services Samuel P. Grissom, MD, is the only doctor in southwest Florida who is board-certified in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He oversees a full spectrum of services to meet the complex medical, rehabilitation and mobility needs of people recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke and neurological disorders, and orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.

5 Convenient Locations

Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Heritage Harbour
1040 River Heritage Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34212

Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at University Parkway
5350 University Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243

Sarasota Memorial Heart & Vascular Services
1540 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239

Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine
5880 Rand Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34238
941-917-7600 (Outpatient Rehab)
941-917-6139 (Cardiopulmonary)

Sarasota Memorial ER & Health Care Center North Port Medical Plaza
2345 Bobcat Village Center Rd.
North Port, FL 34288

Our Team

Whether you receive treatment as an inpatient or on an outpatient basis, our rehab team will be with you through every phase of your recovery.

  • Case Managers (social workers and nurses) assist in planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating medical services.
  • Occupational Therapists (OT) help patients relearn how to eat, bathe, dress, and do household, work or school activities.
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists valuate, cast, fabricate and fit custom orthoses and prostheses to maximize each patient’s functional independence.
  • Physiatrists (the rehab team’s lead physician) are specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation and work with the patient’s physician to determine the scope of services needed and recommend a plan of care.
  • Physical Therapists (PT) help patients build strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and endurance, and learn new ways to achieve independent mobility.
  • Psychologists help patients manage the emotional, cognitive, behavioral and interpersonal problems that may arise following an injury or illness. The team includes Clinical Psychologists as well as Neuropsychologists.
  • Recreation Therapists (RT) provide skill training that helps patients enjoy recreational and leisure activities.
  • Registered Dietitians (RD) ensure patients receive the nutrients they need to heal and participate fully in rehabilitation activities. They guide patients in modifying their diets as indicated by health conditions or changes in activity.
  • Rehabilitation Nurses (RN or CRRN) have advanced training in the care of rehabilitation patients, and work in concert with physicians and therapists to coordinate all aspects of care and treatment.
  • Respiratory Therapists (AART) help patients maximize breathing function and help those who use ventilators or have other respiratory problems.
  • Social Workers (LSW, MSW) help patients and their families plan for life outside the hospital, addressing concerns related to housing, caregiving and financial matters.
  • Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) address communication challenges some people face after a stroke or illness, helping restoring reading, writing, memory and problem-solving skills. They also evaluate and teach patients how to overcome swallowing difficulties and resume safe eating.