Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston is one of the top ten rehabilitation hospitals in the country. Founded in 1971, it is a non-profit hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare, whose members include Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Spaulding is also a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the official rehabilitation hospital of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital specializes in research and rehabilitation of six major areas — traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), amputee and vascular disease, child and adolescent rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and stroke rehabilitation. Spaulding Hospital's mission to provide excellent rehabilitation care, continue groundbreaking research efforts, train and educate future medical rehabilitation specialists, and collaborate with other healthcare providers, directly contributes to the recovery of more than 4,000 inpatients and over 150,000 outpatients every year.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital has been the only rehabilitation facility in New England ranked as a best hospital by the US News & World Report each year since 1995. In 2009, Spaulding was recognized as the sixth best rehabilitation hospital in the country in the publication's July issue featuring "America's Best Hospitals."

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital team focuses on expanding areas of rehabilitation care and treatment for traumatic brain injuries, including improving neurological, cognitive, and musculoskeletal functions, understanding the effects of physical activity, inactivity and exercise, and evaluating the efficiency of new treatments and technologies. The TBI rehabilitation program is a cornerstone at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, allowing TBI patients to receive care from experts in dozens of medical specialties. Because of the team's groundbreaking research, inpatient and outpatient resources, focus on patient care and education, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital's TBI patients are able to make remarkable recoveries every day.

Heechin Chae, MD, TBI Inpatient Medical Director, and Mel B. Glenn, MD, TBI Outpatient Medical Director, are the driving forces behind the hospital's TBI rehabilitation and treatment programs. Spaulding TBI teams, which consist of nurses, case managers, physical, occupational and respiratory therapist, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and therapeutic recreation specialists, are able to tailor treatments to meet the medical rehabilitation needs of patients with unusual and complex conditions. The hospital is particularly effective in treating patients with low levels of consciousness by using a number of stimuli to help improve alertness, body positioning and muscle tone. As the patient's level of consciousness increases, a custom rehabilitation program is created to address the patient's behavioral, physical, cognitive and emotional needs.

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital rehabilitation program also promotes family involvement and special rehabilitation teams help family members develop skills to assist the patient during and after treatment. Support groups are always available for both the patient and their family, and a highly experienced reintegration team helps recovering patients successfully return to their daily lives.

To refer a patient with TBI to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, please call (617) 573-7000. To find out more about the hospital's TBI program, please visit their website at


[Last revision: September 2009]

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