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We have a range of inpatient therapy services to help get you back on the road to recovery, and back to your life. Call us at (831) 239-5811.


Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit

If you've had a disabling illness, injury or surgery - like a brain or spinal cord injury, amputation related to an injury, major surgery, or even general surgery - we're here to help. Dignity Health's inpatient acute care team helps patients develop the skills needed to regain independence and get them back to the life they love.

Dominican Hospital Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Unit
1555 Soquel Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 239-5811

Our program

It is our goal to help you relearn skills, recover mobility, regain vital thinking, problem solving and organizational skills so you can return to your daily life as soon as possible. We have achieved the highest standards specializing in the most comprehensive and complex rehabilitation programs for patients with functional loss due to disabling illness or injury.


Illnesses we treat include:

  • Stroke 
  • Traumatic Brain injury 
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation
  • Complex orthopedic conditions
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Polyarthritis
  • Polyneuropathies
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Patients work toward personalized, attainable goals with the support and reinforcement of our therapy, nursing, and medical staff.


What you can expect

Each patient may differ in severity of their injury and limitations in function, so the length of stay for rehabilitation will be determined based on medical condition, goals of the patient, progress, and a number of other factors.


With our program, you can expect:

  • Inpatient rehabilitation facilities, where patients participate in three hours a day of active rehab with physical, occupational, and speech therapists. 
  • Nurses that are available 24/7, and daily doctor's visits. 
  • Weekly team meetings between the patient and members of their care team to plan for rehabilitation and discharge

Get more information on length of stay, visiting hours, and more. Learn more

Our Outcomes

The Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Program at Dominican Hospital delivers compassionate, high quality, cost-effective care that helps patients get back to the life they love. Our patients benefit from the coordinated efforts of our interdisciplinary team—offering 24/7 nursing and physician coverage. 

Learn more about our outcomes.

Our Team

Our experienced treatment team consists of doctors, certified rehabilitation nurses, and social workers. Depending on your individual needs, other experts are also available to work with you.

Aside from your doctors and nurses, your care team may also include:

  • Occupational therapists, 
  • Orthotic/Prosthetic specialists
  • Physical therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech therapists

Our specialized team is committed to helping you regain your sense of well-being and independence. We’ll work closely with each patient to design and implement a specialized program that helps him or her return to a fuller, more productive life. Learn more

Our Accreditation






The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote quality, value, and optimal outcomes of medical services through a consultative accreditation process focused on enhancing the lives of patients. When you choose a CARF-accredited rehabilitation program, it means the facility has passed an in-depth review. Our CARF accreditation is your assurance of our commitment to maintain more than 1,800 standards focused on patient care, education, safety, functional outcomes, and community reintegration. Not all rehabilitation facilities are accredited; visit to learn more. Since our initial accreditation, we have continued our commitment to advanced care, maintaining our general rehab CARF certification.

Our Healing Environment

To help facilitate healing, our unit has a soothing environment and patient rooms featuring interactive television with internet access and electronic communication boards. Our dedicated gym includes special technologies to help you with walking. There is also a mock apartment for you to practice activities of daily life, such as cooking and bathing. And our patient and family recreation room, dining room, and outdoor patio invite you and your family to enjoy music, movies and other activities, or simply to get some fresh air. In addition, we have a rehab garden which is a large outdoor space close to the unit which offers a healing environment to engage in therapies.

For a personal on-site consultation, referral, or more information, call (831) 239-5811