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Inpatient Rehabilitation

Experience and Expertise to Ease Your Way

For more than 30 years, the inpatient rehabilitation team at Providence St. Mary Medical Center has created high-quality, individualized programs for hospital patients who’ve experienced a recent loss of function due to illness, injury, surgery or disease. Our doctors, nurses and licensed therapists are experts in their fields and their rate of successful outcomes is consistently better than the regional and national averages.

Inpatient rehabilitation is appropriate for people who:

  • Have a disability that’s severe enough they can’t care for themselves with their present resources or help.
  • Need close medical supervision by a physician, 24-hour-a-day rehabilitation nursing care and two of the three following therapies: physical, occupational, speech.

The frequency and intensity of services are determined by your individual needs, but generally include no less than three hours per day or a minimum of 15 hours per week in two or more types of therapy.

Inpatient rehabilitation services include:

  • Physiatry
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Medical social worker
  • Medical rehabilitation services
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Lymphedema program
  • Prosthetic and orthotic services

If necessary, you can continue rehabilitation after you’re discharged through Providence St. Mary Outpatient Rehabilitation.

The Providence St. Mary Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is accredited by CARF (Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), which means we’re committed to continual improvement and serving the community. We’re also a Level II Trauma Rehab Center in the Washington State Trauma System.  

Inpatient Referrals

Patients can be referred to Inpatient Rehabilitation by a doctor, hospital social worker, discharge planner, other health care provider, family member or the patient him/herself.

Our admissions coordinator and a nurse will complete forms for the pre-admission screening process. This information is shared with the physiatrist, who makes a decision whether or not treatment in the inpatient program is appropriate. The admissions coordinator will contact the referral source with the physiatrist’s decision and make arrangements for admission, if appropriate.

For more information on inpatient rehabilitation, contact:

Diana Dunham
Providence St. Mary Medical Center
401 West Poplar Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Phone: (509) 897-5022
Fax: (509) 897-5165
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Frequently Asked Questions

What If I’m Not Ready For Rehabilitation Right Now?

You and your family might be disappointed if your medical care team doesn’t recommend inpatient rehabilitation right away. Your doctor and other providers might decide you need additional recovery time first. It’s possible you’ll be admitted to rehabilitation later. It’s important to keep discussing rehabilitation with your doctor and caregivers.

If you have questions about whether or not you’re ready for rehabilitation, we’re happy to discuss it with you.

Will My Insurance Cover Rehabilitation Services?

It varies by individual policy, but most insurance companies and Medicare cover rehabilitation services. We work with families and third-party payers to coordinate payment. We’ll bill your insurance company directly for your care at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. You’ll likely receive separate bills for professional services provided by other doctors involved in your care.