Mercy Fitzgerald - Acute Rehab

The mission of the 10-bed acute rehabilitation program at Mercy Fitzgerald, located on the 7th floor, is to deliver comprehensive rehabilitation services of the highest quality in order to improve the functional independence of those we serve. The program operates 24 hours a days, 7 days per week.

We provide comprehensive services to patients with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to:

  • Stroke
  • Hip Fracture and other orthopedic conditions
  • Lower extremity Joint Replacement
  • Limb Loss
  • Neurologic disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson Disease
  • Polyarthritis
  • Congenital deformities

Patients with severe traumatic brain injury, traumatic spinal cord injury, burns, on ventilator support or under the age of 18 years old generally require a level of service that is not available at Mercy Fitzgerald. The average age of our patients is 67 years old.


Patients referred for admission to the inpatient rehabilitation program must have functional limitations that require the inpatient services of at least two therapies three hours a day for five or more days per week. Additional admission criteria may include the need for 24 hour rehabilitation nursing, management by specialized rehab physicians and have a stable discharge disposition. Patients must be medically stable and able to participate in their program.

Each individualized program is designed to address limitations in self care skills, mobility, safety, pain, strength, bowel and bladder function, cognition, communication, swallowing and community integration. Therapy services are provided several hours a day, at least six days a week.

The patient and family are an integral part of the team. Team members may include physiatry, other consulting physicians, rehabilitation nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, care coordinator, social services, spiritual care, psychiatric, prosthetic and orthotic services. 

All other hospital services such as diagnostic imaging, lab, and pharmacy are available on site with the same level of service and response time for  orders and results as in the acute hospital. The interdisciplinary teams work with the patient, families and caregivers to meet the cultural needs of all patients and to ensure their input in establishing a discharge plan. The majority of the patients discharged from the unit return home or to other community settings.

Patients may be referred from hospitals, other rehab setting, skilled nursing facilities or other outpatient referral sources. The program maintains contracts with most insurance plans. Depending on the type of insurance, pre-authorization may be required before admission.

Patient Outcomes

Mercy Fitzgerald is pleased to share information about patient outcomes [pdf, 344kb].

Medical Director

Physiatrist Pasquale Colavita, DO is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician.

Contact Us

For more information or referrals, please call the Admissions at 610.237.2573 or the Program Manager at 610.237.4907.