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Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation

Helping Patients Regain Independence 

If you or someone you love has suffered a stroke, or has a major illness or debilitating injury, our inpatient acute rehabilitation team offers compassionate, high-quality, cost-effective care that helps patients get back to the life they love sooner.

Affiliated with the renowned Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California, the Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Program at Mercy General Hospital has helped over 13,000 patients develop the skills needed to regain independence.

By treating the whole person and not just the injury or illness, our highly trained and experienced staff provide 24/7 nursing and physician coverage, while our affiliation with the Dignity Health Neurological Institute allows our patients access to the region’s leading specialists.

Acute Rehabilitation Services - Sacramento, CA - Dignity Health

Our Program

Established in 1986, the Acute Rehabilitation Program at Mercy General Hospital was the first in Sacramento accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). 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/Conditions We Treat

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

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

Through our program, patients:

  • Relearn how to perform daily activities
  • Recover mobility and independence
  • Regain vital thinking, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Return to living in the community

Our Results

According to the American Heart and Stroke Associations, rehabilitation in an inpatient facility, like Mercy General Hospital's program, provides patients the best outcomes. Mercy General Hospital Acute Rehab's focus to help patients reach independence has led to some of the highest success rates in the region.

  • 88.5% of our patients discharge to home (national average 80.4%, regional average 81.2%)
  • Average length of stay for all diagnoses: 12.4 days (region 13.7 days)
  • Average length of stay for stroke: 14.2 days (region 14.6 days)
  • 89.4% of our patients report maintained function in the first three months post-discharge
  • 92.4% of our patients would recommend Mercy General Acute Rehab without hesitation

Patients Discharged to Home/Board & Care

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. Mercy General Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation program was the first in Sacramento to become CARF accredited. Since our initial accreditation, we have continued our commitment to advanced care, achieving and maintaining specialty CARF certifications in both stroke and traumatic brain injury.

In addition to our CARF accreditation, the Mercy General Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Team is the only ProACT certified rehab team in the Sacramento area. This advanced training has equipped our staff with the skills necessary to anticipate, address, and verbally de-escalate sensitive situations—ensuring all patients, regardless of ability or diagnosis, are treated with dignity and respect.

Our Guidelines

To be admitted to the Mercy General Hospital Acute Rehabilitation program, a patient must:

  • Demonstrate appropriate functional and medical needs
  • Demonstrate the capacity to participate in and make functional gains from three hours of daily intensive therapy for a minimum of five days per week
  • Have a safe community discharge destination with appropriate assistance from identified caregivers or family members

Learn more about our team and facility.

For a personal on-site consultation, referral, or more information, call (916) 453-4566 or (800) 330-4566

Helping Our Patients Reach Independence

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From Out of Town?

Families with loved ones admitted to Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation are eligible for low cost accommodations through House of Mercy. 

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