Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital Is Now Open

To contact our outpatient clinic, please call: 801-581-2267

Our Rehabilitation Services at University of Utah Health preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of life for people with disabling conditions. We provide individualized care for a variety of conditions helping you to regain independence and confidence in yourself.

Our dedicated teams are composed of regionally and nationally respected specialists dedicated to supporting patients and families from acute rehabilitation through wellness and independence. Even after a patient leaves our inpatient center, we continue to provide specialized rehabilitation care through outpatient physician services in our outpatient therapy services, wellness programs, ongoing patient education, and access to support groups. We are also the only CARF accredited inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation program in Utah.

Our rehabilitation services are now located in a brand new facility — Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital. This new building features the latest advances in rehabilitation technology to help you recover quicker from serious life-changing injuries and conditions. Think of it as a major stride in the high-quality care and treatment that we provide.

For Patients with Unique Needs

Patients going through rehabilitation have unique needs. Rehabilitating patients with complex impairments is only possible with an interdisciplinary team, which includes:

  • A board-certified physical and rehabilitation physician
  • A dedicated team of specialists with specific training and certifications
  • Rehab nurses
  • Licensed physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • Rehab psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Rehab educators
  • Care coordinators

Rehabilitation Goals

You and your family members will work with our team to establish and support you in achieving the following therapy goals:

  • Restore your ability to carry out normal daily activities.
  • Return to your home or a home-like setting.
  • Teach you and your family/support system how to adapt to any continued challenges you may face.
  • Put you and your family on the road back to hope and a full life.

Take a Virtual Tour

The Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital is the preeminent destination in the Mountain West for patients recovering from and adjusting to life-altering injuries and conditions. With 172,000 square feet, this advanced facility includes a restorative and healing environment designed to speed up recovery and improve quality of life for patients after they return home.

Our building provides state of the art rehabilitation services, including:

  • access to renowned physicians,
  • an outdoor therapy terrace,
  • a large therapy gym, and
  • inpatient beds with sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley.
Nurse pushes patient in wheelchair outside in hospital garden

Hospital Admission Criteria

Prior to admission, each prospective patient will meet with one of our liaisons. Based on the information received a pre-admission assessment will be completed, and if needed, sent to your insurance company to request authorization for admission.

Each patient is different, and the Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital takes those differences into account when considering admission. In general, we assess the following admission criteria when looking for patients who are:

  • medically stable,
  • require close supervision by a rehabilitation physician,
  • require 24-hour specialized rehabilitation nursing,
  • capable of actively participating in a minimum of three hours of therapy per day, at least five days a week, and
  • require an interdisciplinary team approach.

Once your insurance has approved your admission, our liaison will work with the referring hospital and case manager to arrange transportation and obtain your medical records for continuity of care.

Your Hospital Stay: What to Bring

Rehabilitation patients spend several hours each day out of their rooms following a personalized schedule of therapy, so normal clothing is typically worn. Make sure clothes are labeled with the patient’s name.

Patients should also bring the following items:

  • pullover or button-up shirts or blouses that fit easily over the head;
  • comfortable pants or sweats;
  • athletic shoes with good support;
  • comfortable undergarments;
  • pajamas or gowns and robes;
  • slippers;
  • commonly used toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, deodorant, etc.);
  • corrective devices such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, dentures;
  • custom devices like splints or braces;
  • cell phone chargers;
  • pictures of family and friends; and
  • any other familiar items that can make your room feel like home.


A Typical Day in Inpatient Rehabilitation

From Monday through Friday, you will attend a minimum of three hours of therapy. Your personalized daily schedule typically begins at 7:30 am and ends at 4:15 pm. Saturday therapies last for half the day and are typically done by 2:30 pm. On Sunday, limited therapies allow for rest and relaxation.

As you begin community reintegration activities, your day might stretch longer. Family members and significant others are encouraged to get involved in your therapy sessions, educational classes, and community outings to support achievement of functional goals.

How Long Will You Be in Rehab?

Your length of stay is based on your individual criteria, taking into account specific criteria like diagnosis, severity of injury or illness, and functional goals. Your progress and discharge planning will be discussed weekly at a team conference. 

The decision about your discharge date will be based on when you’re able to move to the next appropriate level of care. Although the goal of rehab is to return home or to a home-like setting, other levels of care include acute medical care, outpatient services, home health series, assisted living, or skilled nursing facilities.

Some things that determine a safe discharge location include: personal support system, services available in your home area, compliance with and participation in your therapy program your ability to progress with your rehabilitation goals and funding source limitations.

Below are some examples of when discharge from rehab may be considered:

  • If you have met inpatient rehab goals, you may be ready for outpatient or home health therapy
  • If you are unable to meet your inpatient rehab goals and are no longer making progress, you may need to receive services in a less intense setting at a skilled nursing facility or at home through home health
  • If you no longer require 24-hour nursing care, you may need to receive services through home health or outpatient programs
  • If you develop a serious medical or surgical complication, you may need to transfer to a medical floor in the hospital.

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