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Astria Regional Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation

Taking care of rehabilitation patients in our 15-bed accredited inpatient rehabilitation center is our top priority. Our comprehensive team includes a wide variety of services, available in our current annual report found here.

Our staff delights in making sure our patients have positive and productive experiences during their stay. In fact, our 2015 customer satisfaction rate was an incredible 94% -- that means 95% of all our patients reported achieving their goal for increased mobility and productivity as a result of their stay at Astria Regional Medical Center’s inpatient rehab.

Today, we’re serving patients with stroke, brain injury, neuropathy and myopathy, cardiac disorders, multiple trauma, amputations and many other complex medical conditions.

The Only Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility in Central Washington

The Rehabilitation Unit was opened in 1983 and is licensed for 15 beds. In 1998 we became accredited by CARF International and have successfully maintained this accreditation.

Our unit has also been granted a Level II Trauma Designation by the State of Washington, which allows us to accept critically injured patients. We are located on the third floor of Astria Regional Medical Center Medical & Cardiac Center with 13 private rooms and 2 rooms that can either be private or shared.

Benefits of the Inpatient Rehab Facility

  • Close medical supervision by a physician with specialized training and experience in rehabilitation and medical management
  • Immediate access to all medical testing and services offered in acute care is available
  • 24-hour rehabilitation nursing
  • Patients receive at least 3 hours of intensive therapy a day, five days a week
  • Interdisciplinary team approach provided by skilled, experienced professionals, including weekly team conferences to develop an individualized plan of care for each patient
  • Discharge Planning/Placement
  • Family/Caregiver Training
  • Equipment Needs Assessment and Procurement

Services provided

  • Rehabilitation Physician & Hospitalist Service
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Social Work/Case Management
  • Psychology & Neuropsychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Services
  • Orthotics & Prosthetics
  • Activity Programs
  • Wound Care
  • Renal Dialysis

Our Inpatient Rehab Team

Marjorie L. Henderson, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Valerie Brooke, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Thirty-three years ago, Central Washington’s first comprehensive 12-bed rehabilitation center was dedicated here at Astria Regional Medical Center – then known as St. Elizabeth Medical Center. It was no small feat. Just as today when a hospital looks to fill a need, there was a long process of review and approval from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. 

When the request was first made, patients suffering stroke, nerve damage, muscle damage, or post-surgical debilitation lacked the resources to receive medical-focused rehabilitation care in an encouraging environment.  The physicians and staff at Astria Regional Medical Center understood that there was a great need for this special medical care – only available within the scope of a dedicated inpatient rehabilitation unit. 

And so they put their minds and their knowledge together to convince the State of Washington that this critical service was desperately needed right here in Yakima.

When the approval finally arrived, the extensive renovation of the nursing unit at 2-South began – transforming it into Central Washington’s only designated 12-bed Level 2 inpatient rehabilitation unit. It was designed to give patients an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of independent living skills. 

The new unit was a shining star that represented a comprehensive care team – from physical medicine and nursing to a range of physical, speech and occupational therapies, social services, psychological services, pastoral care, respiratory therapy, dietary care and home health. They all functioned together as components of an active and well-coordinated program to serve the Yakima Valley and beyond.

As medical advances have evolved over the past 30 years, Astria Regional Medical Center’s comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation team has embraced them. Today, the program has been recognized in the top 10-percent of the nation.

The initial approval for 12 beds has been expanded to 17 beds. But what hasn’t changed is the unwavering dedication to exceptional patient care. Many of you have experienced this service as patients – or as loved ones of patients. You know the level of care, concern and expertise the staff devotes to each patient.

Taking care of our patients is our top priority.