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Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation


Thanks to advances in modern medicine, children are surviving injuries and illnesses today which 10 years ago would have taken their lives. Children’s National Medical Center is committed to assuring that they are as active and capable as is possible after their injury or illness.

Children’s partners with area hospitals to expand the reach of its service.

National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation (NCCR)


In collaboration with the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), Children’s operates the National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation (NCCR), located at NRH. The Center treats children ages 6 and up.

Care at NCCR is individualized to allow each patient to reach his or her own maximum level of growth and development. Treatment is specifically structured to reduce disability, prevent secondary complications, and focus on therapy designed to enhance the potential for an active return to family, school and community.

Inpatient rehabilitation may include:
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Seating and mobility training
  • Evaluation for assistive technology
  • Self-care and home management training
  • Discharge planning for home, school and community re-entry


National Rehabilitation Hospital in partnership with Children’s National Medical Center offers an ideal setting for recovery. Independence Square® is designed to teach patients the skills needed for independent living in a simulated, “real world” community environment. Aquatic therapy is offered in a warm and inviting pool.

The Therapeutic Garden with its Victory of Human Spirit sculpture fountain offers opportunities for daily therapy as well as a place where patients can relax with family and friends. The multi-purpose fitness court and playground, located beside the Hospital, has been thoughtfully designed to be fully accessible to children of all abilities.

The HSC Pediatric Center

Acute inpatient rehabilitation services for children ages birth through 21 years old is offered at the HSC Pediatric Center, located on Bunker Hill Road, NE, in Washington, DC,

Children’s specialists and pediatricians manage all medical services on site at HSC. Sally Evans, MD from Children’s Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation serves as the chief for pediatric rehabilitation at HSC and Karen Smith, MD and Miriam Bloom, MD – both Children’s Pediatric Hospitalists – serve as the chief medical officers.

From a child's very first day at The HSC Pediatric Center, the staff prepares for a child's return home. HSC offers many programs and services to make the transition successful. Children also participate in therapeutic field trips to try out their daily living skills in the community. Additionally, HSC provides specialized family apartments so that families can learn how to care for their child in a comfortable, supportive environment.

HSC Pediatric Center Experts offer a full range of services. Our team is made up of the following experts who collaborate in offering comprehensive care to children and their families.
  • Pediatricians
  • Physiatrists
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Speech/Language Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed, registered Dieticians
  • Case Managers
  • Teachers
  • Pharmacists
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