Inpatient Information

​​​​​​​​​​​Patients may be referred to an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit to receive intensive treatment and therapy. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, therapists, and other healthcare professionals works with each patient on a plan specifically designed to focus on his or her rehabilitation needs.

The University of Washington's reputation as one of the top three rehabilitation programs in the nation is a result of the high-quality medical care we provide to our patients and the support we offer to their families. Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Units are staffed with expert caregivers, who work in partnership with each patient to maximize their independence and realize their full potential.

As a resource for patients, we have developed a manual, Rehab and Beyond, which describes the entire inpatient experience.

Inpatient Unit Locations

Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit at UWMC

University of Washington Medical Center
8th Floor, North Wing
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
PH: (206) 598-8161
FAX: (206) 598-1172

Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit at Harborview

Harborview Medical Center
4W Hospital
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
PH: (206) 744-4607 
FAX:​ (206) 744-5422

Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit at Seattle Children’s

6th floor, Main Campus
4800 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 987-1500

Rehabilitation Unit at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

1 East, Building 100
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Spinal Cord Injury Unit at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

1 West, Building 100
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Please note that a physician's referral is required for admission to any of our inpatient rehabilitation units. In addition, your insurance provider may have specific guidelines that need to be followed. Before receiving services with VA Puget Sound, you should first determine your eligibility. For more information about the admissions process, and a list of some questions you might want to ask your insurance provider, take a look at pages two and three of our Rehab and Beyond manual


Inpatient Care Team

Rehabilitation Physicians (Physiatrists)

Our physicians (called “physiatrists” because of their specialized training in physical medicine and rehabilitation) are nationally recognized for their expertise in rehabilitation. As the team leader for the patient’s rehabilitation process, the attending physiatrist directs the patient’s care, and supervises the care plans and training of medical residents who also participate on the team. 

Rehabilitation Psychologists

A rehabilitation psychologist provides the knowledge and compassion needed to help guide each patient through the psychological adjustment concurrent with any rehabilitative process. This support may continue after the patient leaves the hospital.


A neuropsychologist might be recommended by a psychologist or the attending physiatrist. The neuropsychologist meets with the patient to assess any cognitive issues, such as memory, attention, and problem solving. The neuropsychologist may also prescribe a more extensive battery of tests once the patient leaves the hospital. 

Nursing Staff

The rehabilitation primary nurse oversees daily care, education, and coordination of treatment and training. Additionally, patients may consult with a nurse practitioner (ARNP)—who has received specialized training in diagnosing and treating common medical problems—or a clinical nurse specialist (CNS)—who specializes in a specific aspect of nursing, such as pain management or wound care. 

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists work with each patient to improve strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination and balance in a variety of daily activities, including moving in bed, using a wheelchair and walking. 

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists provide training in independent living skills, endurance, self-care and upper body/hand function, as well as any assistive technology that might be needed for the patient to return to school or work. 

Recreational Therapists

Recreational therapists design activities to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning of patients disabled as a result of trauma or disease. 

Speech Pathologists

Speech pathologists help patients improve memory, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. 

Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehabilitation counselors help patients and family members plan for when and how to return to work or school. Counselors educate patients regarding the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. They also assist patients with accommodations for short-term and long-term disability, assistive computer technology and job modifications. 

Social Workers

Social workers help patients and their family members gather information during the rehabilitation process—both during the patient’s stay and after they are discharged from the hospital. Social workers also answer questions about living situations, available post-discharge services, housing and economic concerns and relationship issues. 

Patient and Family Advisory Councils

We are committed to involving our patients and their family members in the rehabilitation process. An outgrowth of this commitment has been the development of our extremely active Rehabilitation Advisory Councils at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), and at Harborview Medical Center (HMC). These two councils are composed of former patients and their families, and are dedicated to providing fresh perspectives and new ideas for improving the rehabilitation process. 

Rehabilitation Advisory Council at University of Washington Medical Center

The UWMC Rehabilitation Advisory Council meets quarterly with the inpatient management team to help shape policies, programs, facility design and daily operations. Additionally, the Council has taken an active role in patient education by developing a manual, Rehab and Beyond, which describes the entire inpatient experience.

Harborview Medical Center Patient Family Advisory Council

The HMC Patient Advisory Council is currently composed of nine former patients and one family member. The group focuses on peer mentoring and support, and collaborates with peer support groups from other medical areas. They also hold a series of monthly “Rehab Night” presentations, during which Council members tell their stories and provide information for current patients and family members.

Facility Accreditation

All of our inpatient facilities have been accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which assures each of our patients that we provide the highest quality of care possible.

Our team of specialists is compassionate and dedicated to helping people recover and discover their fullest capabilities.