Access to outpatient services

Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital offers a unique continuum of services and continuity of care from our inpatient hospital to outpatient center. To help reinforce and build on the gains made during your inpatient stay, you may continue your rehabilitation with outpatient care at our outpatient center. Your physician or clinical care team will recommend the outpatient therapies and other treatment that you may need or benefit from upon discharge from the hospital.

Our outpatient center, conveniently located on the second floor of the rehabilitation hospital, provides state-of-the-art equipment combined with physical, occupational and speech therapies to help you reach your rehabilitation goals.

Our programs. Your progress.

As an outpatient, you’ll benefit from the same high quality care available in the rehabilitation hospital.

  • At Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital’s outpatient center, we offer a scope of programs and specialized services to meet your needs including:

    • Cancer rehabilitation
    • Cognitive rehabilitation
    • Concussion rehabilitation
    • Fall prevention program
    • Hand and upper extremity therapy
    • Lymphedema management
    • Occupational therapy
    • Osteoporosis management
    • Physical therapy
    • Spasticity management program
    • Speech therapy
    • Spine rehabilitation
    • Sports performance and injury prevention
    • Swallowing dysfunction management
    • Vision therapy
    • Voice therapy
  • New patients are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to their first appointment to complete the necessary paperwork. Our patient service specialist will assist you and collect any required co-payments. Please bring your insurance cards to help ensure accurate claim(s) submissions.

  • Be sure to bring:

    • Insurance cards
    • Photo identification or driver's license
    • Reading glasses, if needed
    • Personal equipment – wheelchair, walker, cane, braces or other assistive devices
    • Copy of any home exercise program you may have
    • List of your current medications

    Please notify your therapist(s) of any prescription or non-prescription medications you take regularly including dosage, frequency and the condition for which it is prescribed. We will review your drug regimen so everyone involved in your care understands your needs.

  • New patients will meet with a member of Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital's outpatient clinical team who will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, discuss specific needs and rehabilitation goals and develop an individualized treatment plan. The length of treatment and frequency of visits are based on several factors including:

    • Specific injury/condition
    • Physician recommendations
    • Therapist's evaluation and recommended treatment plan
  • To achieve your rehabilitation goals and optimize recovery, you will be given a schedule of your therapy appointments. It is important that you attend all scheduled sessions. We ask that you arrive on time for your sessions. If you are running late, please call and we’ll adjust your schedule accordingly. Every effort will be made to accommodate you at a later time.

    If you need to cancel an appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance. If we are unable to take your call personally, leave a message with your name, phone number and reason for cancellation. A member of our staff will contact you to reschedule. 

  • In the event of any change in your medical or physical status, such as a fall at home or in the community, an emergency room visit or hospitalization, you must report this to both your referring physician and Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital therapist. You will need written medical clearance from your physician to continue therapy.

    With your safety and comfort in mind, we recommend you wear loose- fitting, comfortable exercise clothes and rubber-soled shoes, preferably sneakers, to help you maintain your footing during therapy sessions.

  • Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital accepts most Medicare, Medicaid and managed care plans, as well as workers’ compensation, no-fault and other insurance providers. We will verify your insurance prior to scheduling an appointment. Please speak with your insurance carrier or employer for coverage specific questions. 

Did you know?

Pennsylvania, like many other states, no longer requires a prescription from a physician to begin physical therapy services. This is called direct access, which means you can schedule an appointment without visiting your doctor. It may save you time and money, and most insurance plans now cover direct access services.

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Advance your recovery with our outpatient services.