Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

When a major illness affects a person's ability to take care of oneself, the experienced healthcare professionals in North Kansas City Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit can help. Our Acute Rehab program is the largest inpatient facility of its kind in the city, and we're committed to providing rehabilitative care that helps patients regain their health, strength and mobility so they can return to independent living as soon as possible.

Conditions and Diseases We Treat

The Acute Rehabilitation Unit cares for patients who have suffered a functional loss due to illness or injury, such as:

  • Amputation
  • 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
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Polyarthritis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Tracheostomy

Our Team

Our team prepares patients for life outside the hospital. We also work with primary care doctors and families to make sure each patient has all the support needed.

Medical Leadership

Kala Danushkodi, MD, serves as the Acute Rehab Unit's Medical Director. She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, specializing in stroke rehabilitation. She coordinates each patient's treatment plan and works closely with patients, families and the care team to help patients achieve the rehabilitation goals.

Adam Schulte, MD, graduated from the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program at Washington University School of Medicine. His primary interests are inpatient rehabilitation, physiatry consultation and electrodiagnostic medicine.

Nursing Staff. Our Rehabilitation Nurses are specially-trained and educated in rehabilitative care. In addition to providing care and support 24/7, they teach patients and their families about capabilities and treatments.

Physical Therapists. Our physical therapists focus on activities that build strength, balance, coordination, endurance and mobility.

Occupational Therapists. Our occupational therapists focus on improving everyday living skills such as bathing, dressing, eating and accomplishing home management tasks.

Speech Therapists. Our speech therapists assess and treat communication, problem solving and reasoning skills, along with any other related problems, such as difficulty swallowing.

Social Workers. Our social workers help with discharge needs, address family concerns and connect patients with support groups and other resources.

Additional team members may include:

  • Dietitians (nutritional counseling)
  • Orthotists (supportive device design and fitting)
  • Pharmacists (medications)
  • Prosthetists (prosthetic design and fitting)
  • Psychologist (mental health)

Rehab Services & Treatments

Program Features

Our Acute Rehab Unit features 48 private rooms, a 1,800-square-foot gym and several amenities to help the transition from hospital to home. We have a washer and dryer, fully-functioning kitchen, grocery store, and a porch with a front door. And, because the unit is located inside North Kansas City Hospital, patients have access to a full medical staff in case of an emergency or complex health condition.

We also offer recreational amenities such as TVs, DVDs, musical entertainment, computers and rooms for family groups and special events.


Our treatment program includes three hours of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy at least five days per week. Some patients may also participate in aquatic therapy if included their treatment plan. 

Learn more about our range of rehabilitation programs and therapies.

Patient Outcomes

Our commitment to helping people regain their sense of well-being and reach their highest level of functioning results in a 100 % patient-referral rate. Our 2015 outcomes data proves our commitment and success patients.

Diagnosis Discharge to Home Average Length of Stay
Brain Injury 75% 10 days
General rehab 77% 10 days
Neurological 74% 12 days
Orthopedic 80% 11 days

Spinal cord injury

72% 14 days
Stroke 76% 14 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 816.691.1451; Fax 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.

A Vision of Comfort

Darla Rogers

Darla, a former patient, joined our volunteer comfort rounding team. As a retired rehabilitation services counselor, she and her service dog, Huck, visit patients on the Rehabilitation Units.