Transitioning from Hospital to Home

As the only inpatient pediatric rehabilitation program in Oklahoma, staff in the rehab unit work with the patient and family to improve cognitive and/or physical function, mobility, healing and independence.

The 20-bed, state-of-the-art unit serves patients from newborn to 20 years of age. Our team of consultants perform initial assessments to determine the patient’s potential for rehabilitation.

Our top-notch, CARF accredited multidisciplinary team works with the family and the child to develop an individualized plan of care. Therapies are offered Monday through Saturday, and will be typically around three hours daily but will depend on the child’s needs, tolerance, and specific goals.

Our primary goal in the PMRU is to maximize the patient’s physical and cognitive potential, and ensure the family has the training and resources needed for a smooth transition to home, the school system, and the community.

Because the patient will require emotional support and stability, and will be provided with intensive training and education during the rehabilitative process, we request that a parent or caregiver stay with the patient.

Diagnosis may include but are not limited to:

Other services may include:

  • Adaptive Equipment Assessment
  • Constraint Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Comprehensive Medical Management
  • Music Therapy
  • Non-Invasive Ventilator Care and Management
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Respiratory Care
  • Social Services
  • Spasticity Management
  • Special Education
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Splinting/Orthotic Assessment and Intervention
  • Swallowing Therapy
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Ventilator Care, Management, and Weaning
  • Wound Care and Management

Inpatient Admission Criteria

To qualify for admission to the Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Unit for acute inpatient rehabilitation, the patient must meet the following criteria:
  • Have a primary need for medical rehabilitative services;
  • Be medically stable;
  • Actively participate in at least three hours of therapy per day, with potential to gain higher level of function;
  • Have a discharge plan in place to follow the inpatient rehabilitation stay;
  • Be between birth to 21 years of age.

Consultation and evaluation by the following sub-specialists are also provided as warranted:

  • Audiology
  • Dentistry
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Palliative Care
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychology
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

Discharge/Transition Plan

Our rehabilitation team will work with the family and the child regarding discharge and transition planning.  Weekly meetings will address goals and progress, changes in the patient’s medical or therapy needs, and any appointments or follow-ups the patient needs during and after admission.  Whether transferring to another level of care, another hospital setting, or to home, our rehabilitation team will work with the family to ensure a smooth transition.

Our Team

Our team is led by a pediatric physiatrist and a pediatric nurse practitioner.  We also have consultations available from other physician sub-specialties.  Our team will work closely with the family and the patient to determine individualized goals and plans for discharge.

  • Case Managers
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Recreation and Music Therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Rehabilitation Trained Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Language Pathologists

Each patient’s education also is important to us.  Certified special education teachers place an emphasis on continuing the patient’s education services in the community to assist with a smooth transition back to school.

The Vision

The PMRU strives to provide quality, evidence based, and family-centered care with an interdisciplinary approach.

The PMRU ensures that families are equipped with the appropriate education, resources, and knowledge base to support patient success after discharge.

The PMRU strives to be an active contributor to the pediatric continuum of care in the community and will advocate for habilitation and rehabilitation for infants, children, and adolescents.

Since 2009, The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for our comprehensive Inpatient Pediatric Specialty Program, meeting their internationally recognized standards for excellence in rehabilitation.

The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital accepts referrals from any physician, clinician, insurance representative, and/or family member.  If you would like to make a referral to the Pediatric Rehabilitation unit, please call our referral line at (405) 470-2247 or email at  Medicaid and most other forms of insurance are accepted.