Medically Complex Rehabilitation

Getting you moving again  
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital treats the cognitive and physical impairments of people with medically complex needs arising from transplants, cancer and acute and chronic cardiopulmonary disease.
Senior male patient doing arm therapy exercise with female therapist.

We’re here to help

An illness or chronic condition may leave you weak and lacking the strength, skills and energy to perform everyday tasks. You may have balance, walking or speaking challenges, as well as cognition and memory issues.

Our medical rehabilitation specialists understand these difficult and frustrating situations. We offer advanced treatment, strategies and support to restore strength, endurance and abilities.

  • Our experienced rehabilitation teams treat patients recovering from a wide range of medically complex conditions, such as:

    • Cardiac transplants, including the utilization of ventricular assistive devices
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Cardiac bypass surgery
    • Cancer
    • COVID-19


  • Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital draws on the expertise of medical rehabilitation specialists to address the range of physical and functional issues that occur from medically complex conditions.

    This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists; dietitians; pharmacists; case managers and other clinical and support staff, as needed.

    In addition, family members are an important part of the care team. They may be asked to participate in therapy sessions to understand and support your needs.


  • Every patient is different with varied challenges, goals and expectations. Treatment will be tailored to your individual needs to help:

    • Restore physical abilities
    • Build strength and endurance
    • Improve balance, coordination and mobility
    • Enhance skills to perform daily activities
    • Optimize independence


  • To help you return home and resume work, school, community and/or social activities, Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital provides unparalleled continuity of care. We are here to help you manage your health from inpatient to outpatient care.
Wayne sitting in the cab of his truck with the door open, smiling.
Our patients say it best
Wayne's Story
“The P.T. and O.T. program was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I knew the work would pay off in the end.”

How can we help you?

We will work closely with you and your family, physician and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital for your recovery.