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Offering Hope & Healing in the Northland

When life takes you down an unexpected path, the caring professionals at North Kansas City Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit—the largest, most comprehensive inpatient facility of its kind in the city —are here to help. We’re committed to comprehensive rehabilitative care to help you regain your health, strength and mobility and return to daily life as soon as possible.

Comprehensive In-Hospital Rehabilitation

Patients with a wide variety of diagnoses can benefit from our comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program. Before being admitted to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) patients receive a free assessment to determine eligibility for the program. This includes a medical assessment, an evaluation of prior and current levels of function and pre-authorization of insurance with approval by the ARU Medical Director and Program Director. Patients may be admitted from any location. A three-day pre-hospital stay is not required.

Our goal is to provide you with the customized rehabilitative care you need to reach your highest level of functioning and regain your sense of well-being.

Who We Serve

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit provides services for patients with functional loss due to a disabling illness or injury, including the following:

  • Amputations
  • Bariatric needs
  • Cancer
  • Degenerative and progressive neurological disorders
  • Dialysis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Head injury
  • Hip and joint fractures and replacements
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Multiple trauma
  • Neuropathy and myopathy
  • Orthopedic injury
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Polyarthritis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Tracheostomy 

Our Team Approach to Rehabilitation

We take a team approach to your rehabilitative care. A team consisting of a physiatrist, therapist, social worker, dietitian, pharmacist and nurse, works closely with each patient and his or her family to establish goals for functional independence. Once the goals are established, the team develops a treatment plan customized for the patient’s unique needs. The team meets weekly to review progress and revise goals, as needed.

Our Team

Medical DirectorKala Danushkodi, M.D., is a board-certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, specializing in stroke rehabilitation. Dr. Danuskodi will coordinate your overall treatment program.

Rehabilitation nursing staff – provide around-the-clock personal care and support and will teach you and your family more about your abilities and treatments.

Physical therapists – focus on activities to build strength, balance, coordination, endurance and mobility.

Occupational therapists – focus on improving your everyday living skills, including bathing, dressing, eating and homemaking tasks.

Speech therapists – assess and treat your ability to communicate, problem-solve and reason. They also may address problems with swallowing.

A social worker will be available to assist with discharge needs and address family concerns, including support groups.

Other individuals who are available to assist you include admissions coordinators, psychologists, orthotists (who design and fit braces) and a prosthetist (who creates and fits artificial limbs).

Your personal physician is welcome to follow your progress and will receive weekly updates from your team.

Rehab Services & Treatments

ARU patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy, five days a week, which could include physical, occupational and speech therapy. Weekends allow patients to rest, if indicated, and make home visits once family members have been trained with therapy staff.

Our newly renovated and expanded 1,800-square-foot facility boasts:

  • Thirty patient rooms—all private
  • A specially equipped gym
  • Real-world practice settings, including:
    • A fully functional kitchen
    • A spacious dining room
    • A washer and dryer
    • A grocery store
  • A Nintendo Wii™ game system to increase balance, coordination and visual perception
  • A transitional living apartment designed to assist patients with the transition from hospital to home. Patients may spend the last days before discharge in the apartment trying out the skills they have learned for independent living.

Learn more about our range of rehabilitation programs and therapies.

Patient Outcomes

We’re proud to share our track record. Our team is committed to helping you regain your sense of well-being and reach your highest level of functioning. Because of this commitment, 100 percent of our patients say they would recommend our Acute Rehab Unit to a friend or family member. Our 2011 outcomes data listed below attests to our commitment and success with patients. 

Diagnosis Discharge to Home Average Length of Stay
Stroke 65% 16 days
Brain Injury 81% 12 days
Spinal cord injury 82% 14 days
Orthopedic procedures 78% 11 days

Neurologic (Parkinson's, MS, etc)

72% 11 days
General Rehab 81% 10 days

Get more information to help you prepare for your stay at the Acute Rehab Unit.

Support Group

Our monthly stroke support group meets on the third Tuesday of every month on the Acute Rehab Unit, 4th Floor of the main hospital.

Contact Us

For questions about North Kansas City Hospital's Acute Rehabilitation Unit, call 816.691.1451Fax 816.346.7216

Our Location

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit is located on the 4th and 9th floors of the hospital. Use the elevators inside the Main Entrance to access either floor.

Rebuilding Life

Katrina Apley

Determined the death of her unborn daughter would not be in vain, Katrina worked hard to walk again with help from our Acute Rehab Unit. Watch Katrina's story.