Acute Care Therapy at Renown

The Acute Care Rehab Therapists at Renown Regional and South Meadows serve a wide variety of patients and their families with varying acuity levels and diagnoses. The 2 departments (inpatient and outpatient) are made up of around 80 employees, including 14 therapists with over 20+ years of experience and over 700 years of combined experience. 


What is Acute Care Therapy?

The acute care setting is a very fast paced environment with a high volume of therapy orders and fluctuating census.  The therapists are considered a consult service with a primary goal of helping with discharge planning and moving patients throughout our system.  Depending on location, the therapists generally cover 1-3 floors within the hospital and manage a daily caseload of about 15-20 patients.  Our general population ranges from Neonates to Geriatrics.

The therapists provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic rehabilitative services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology for the treatment of patients with various disorders and related medical conditions. Treatment may include a variety of activities and exercises to maximize a patient’s functional independence. 

Renown Outpatient Rehab Therapy Services

Outpatient Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy services to help individuals improve & regain function to allow for higher quality of life and a more active lifestyle.

We provide treatment for:

  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Sport-Related Injuries
  • Worker’s Compensation Injuries
  • Trauma and Post-Surgical Recovery
  • Vestibular Dysfunction
  • Hand Injuries
  • Speech/Language Difficulties
  • Swallowing Dysfunctions
  • Cognitive Issues

Specialty Services Include:

  • Lymphedema Therapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Chronic Pain
  • LSVT Big and LSVT Loud
  • Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS) South Meadows Campus
  • Lite Gait & Solo Step Systems
  • Pre-Driving Assessments and Computer Driving Simulation
  • Wheelchair Evaluations-Basic and Complex
  • Custom Splinting

All treatments are one-on-one with a licensed Outpatient Therapist



In-patient Acute Care Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) is mainly focused on (but not limited to):

    a)   Comprehensive identification, prevention, intervention, education, and management for patients with physical and cognitive dysfunctions impacting the ability to complete meaningful life activities.

    b)   Emphasizes treatment of upper body, arm and hand skills, motor development, fine motor skills including dexterity and speed, cognitive and perceptual functions, self-care skills and activities of daily living, including sensory integration functions, muscle tone, quality of movement, and the need for specialized equipment and splints

  • Physical Therapy (PT) is mainly focused on (but not limited to):

    a)   Comprehensive identification, prevention, intervention, education, and management for patients with physical dysfunction and/or pain.

    b)   Emphasizes evaluation and treatment of motor development and motor planning abilities, gait and equipment needs, muscle tone, strength, quality of movement, reflexes, joint range of motion and functional mobility, balance, coordination, wheelchair and/or adaptive equipment needs, and the need for extremity bracing and/or splinting.

  • Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) is mainly focused on (but not limited to):

    a)   Comprehensive identification, prevention, intervention, education, and management for patients with impairments in communication, speech, voice, language, cognition, dysphasia, auditory and visual processing and memory, and those with a need for assistive and/or augmentative communication.

    b)   Clinical swallow evaluations

    c)   Diagnostic evaluations including Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) and Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow (FEES)

    d)  Speech/language/cognition evaluations