Published on November 05, 2014

Hospital Expands Acute Rehabilitation Unit

Beds added to the region’s largest, most comprehensive acute inpatient rehab facility

The city’s largest, most comprehensive acute inpatient rehabilitation unit has expanded to include more bed capacity to care for patients requiring intense rehabilitative services. North Kansas City Hospital’s acute rehabilitation unit has added 18 beds for a total of 48 private rooms.

 "The inpatient acute rehab program is the highest level of rehab care available," says Kala Danushkodi, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation medical director. Admission to the unit follows Medicare guidelines and is based on screening criteria. “Our program provides a multidisciplinary approach to achieve the highest quality rehab outcomes,” says Dr. Danushkodi. 

To accommodate the additional patients, the hospital plans to expand its clinical staff and add a second rehabilitation physician.

The acute rehab unit is one of the best-equipped in the area. The 1,800 square-foot gym includes a therapeutic kitchen, bariatric equipment and a complete front porch and entry. The gym also features a Nintendo Wii™ to increase balance, coordination and visual perception and is equipped to meet the needs of bariatric patients.

Other real-world settings in the department include a fully functional kitchen, a spacious dining room, a washer and dryer, and a grocery store for patients who need to relearn how to handle the physical rigors of daily tasks, including grocery shopping.


About North Kansas City Hospital

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. Named a 2014-2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital, NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care NKCH offers advanced treatment options, including world class cancer care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program. The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 50 charitable and community organizations and served more than 17,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. 

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