Admissions Information

Choosing the right inpatient rehabilitation facility can be a stressful task. We at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital are here to help by making your transition into our facility seamless.

The admissions process requires a referral and begins with a phone call to our admissions coordinator. A referral can be made from the following sources:

  • Acute-care hospitals
  • Long-term acute-care hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Home health agencies
  • Emergency rooms
  • Family or friends

Once you’ve been referred to our facility a clinical liaison will be sent to complete a free clinical evaluation to determine your medical stability and suitability for admission. Our admissions department will then work with your referral source, insurance company, physician, and the discharge planner to coordinate your transfer to our facility.

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a nurse and introduced into your new surroundings. Various staff members will stop by and introduce themselves to you and your family within the first 24 hours of your arrival. Our therapy staff will begin their evaluations to complete your plan of care, specifically designed to meet your personal rehabilitation goals. Also, our dietitian will meet with you to prepare a meal plan that meets your nutritional needs.

This process is designed to help us determine your specific level of injury and coordinate a plan of care that will allow you to reach maximum functional independence.

Admission Criteria

  1. Patient must have an appropriate rehab-related diagnosis as determined by the admitting physician and accepting administrator of the hospital.
  2. Patient must be medically stable and able to participate in three hours of therapy a day, or 15 hours of therapy each week.  
  3. Patient must require the skilled services of at least two therapy disciplines (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology).
  4. Patient must require the specialized care of a physician with expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  5. Patient must have the potential to participate and benefit from therapy.  
  6. Patient must have the potential to achieve measurable rehabilitation objectives.
  7. Patient must exhibit the desire to participate in therapies.
  8. Patient must have an appropriate, realistic, post-rehabilitation discharge plan.
  9. Patient must be at least 18 years of age.

Discharge Criteria

  1. Patients will be discharged from inpatient rehabilitation when one or more of the following criteria are met.
  2. Treatment goals are met.
  3. Our rehab team determines that the patient has only a limited potential to benefit from further treatments and rehab services.
  4. The intensity of our inpatient rehabilitation services is no longer required.
  5. The patient fails to make measurable functional progress.
  6. The patient is unwilling to fully participate in the program (i.e., refuses therapy).
  7. A medical condition, or treatment for a medical condition (e.g., daily chemotherapy, radiation, etc.), excludes the patient from full participation in the program.
  8. The patient requires surgery.
  9. The patient’s funding source denies further coverage and the patient and family decline to pay out of pocket.
  10. The patient and/or significant other declines further service.

For more information, please call 314-881-4004.