Acute Rehab

A hospital-based inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation program

ACMH offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary therapy program in the safest possible setting. Ready access to diagnostic testing and medical care by a full complement of physicians and specialists offers a level of service that cannot be found in freestanding rehab facilities.


  • A coordinated continuum of services including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing and outpatient therapy.
  • Combined expertise of both physical medicine and neurology, and routinely involves the patient’s family physician in the rehabilitation process.
  • Private patient rooms, free wireless internet access and free parking are standard.
  • Quality rehab at a convenient location just north of Pittsburgh.


Compared to regional and national outcome data, ACMH Acute Rehab consistently demonstrates a shorter length of stay and a higher percentage of patients discharged to their home.

Patients can refer themselves to the ACMH Acute Rehab or be referred by a family member by calling 724-543-8172.


  • Physiatry and Neurology
  • Internal medicine and urology consultation
  • Certified Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy
  • Psychology
  • Aggressive swallowing program with
    • On-site MBS,
    • Vital-Stim dysphagia program and
    • Daily meal groups
  • Registered Dietician Services
  • Patient and family meetings
  • Social Service and Case Management support
  • Orthotic Services
  • Spasticity management
  • Home and Pre-Driver’s evaluation

Typical Diagnoses

  • Stroke
  • Amputation
  • Brain injury
  • Hip fracture
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Other neurological diagnoses

Patients admitted to Acute Rehab must:

  • Be capable of tolerating three hours of therapy a day
  • Require at least two types of therapy (e.g. physical, occupational or speech)
  • Have a reasonable likelihood of improvement and
  • Have a plan to return to a community setting

After approval and admission to the ARU, a physician who is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation will direct your care through a team of experienced rehabilitation nurses and therapists. Your own physician as well as other appropriate consultants will be invited to participate in your care.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Acute Rehab differ from Skilled Nursing?
Acute, or inpatient rehab, provides patients with a more intensive level of therapy than skilled nursing and offers closer medical supervision. To qualify for acute rehab patients must be able to tolerate three hours of therapy a day and require daily medical management and rehabilitation nursing.

Will my insurance pay for this?
Acute rehab is covered by most insurances. Even with available coverage, however, patients must be considered medically appropriate for this level of care. Managed insurance companies typically review and give approval before admission (pre-authorization) to a rehab unit. Conventional Medicare does not require pre-authorization but reserves the right to review records later to verify medical necessity.

How long is a typical stay on the Acute Rehab Unit?
Length of stay is specific to a patient’s diagnosis and functional level. An average stay after a hip fracture, for example, may be one week whereas an inpatient stay following a stroke may be two weeks or more.

How do I make a referral?
Patients can refer themselves or be referred by a family member by calling 724-543-8172. If the patient is already in a medical facility, the referral to acute rehab, including faxing of necessary medical records, is generally handled by a case manager at the request of the patient or family.

Patients can refer themselves to the ACMH Acute Rehab or be referred by a family member by calling


Cynthia DiMauro, MD
Cynthia DiMauro, MD
Head of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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