Acute inpatient rehabilitation at Marianjoy couples intensive therapy with high levels of medical and nursing care in order to help patients regain as much independence and function as possible.

The most common reasons why adults and children are admitted to an acute rehabilitation hospital include injuries, illnesses, or complications from:

Patients experiencing these types of conditions frequently experience changes in physical function and mobility; speech and cognition; behavior and emotions; and personal independence. At Marianjoy, rehabilitation professionals work as a team to help individuals optimize their recovery and assist with their return to home, work, school, sports, and other activities of life.

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Patients undergoing rehabilitation in an inpatient setting are treated with therapies and advanced technologies designed to support their unique goals. Individual plans of care are developed for each patient to insure their specific functional needs are addressed and met during their stay.

Patient care is led by a physiatrist – a physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – who guides a team of experts including: nurses; physical, speech and occupational therapists; nutritionists; psychologists; case managers; chaplains; and other clinical staff. Together this team works with patients and their family/caregivers to provide the most comprehensive rehabilitation care possible.

Criteria for Inpatient Rehabilitation Admission

Inpatient acute rehabilitation is not for everyone, and all rehabilitation hospitals must follow admission criteria outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These rules are designed to insure admission only for patients who can demonstrate the medical necessity required for intensive inpatient rehabilitation. Patients seeking admission for this level of care must:

  • Be willing and able to participate in, and benefit from , three-hours of intensive rehabilitation five days a week
  • Require two or more modalities of therapy (eg, Physical , Speech, Occupational)
  • Require 24-hour medical/nursing care with daily oversight of a Physiatrist
  • Have the capacity to make functional improvements based on the rehabilitation goals set with the therapy team
  • Have approval of a Physiatrist documenting their medical necessity and compliance with the other admission criteria

Subacute Rehabilitation

If you do not meet these criteria, you still may benefit from a stay in our Subacute rehabilitation unit.

Admissions Information:

For admission to Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, please contact our Admissions Department at
630-909-8920 or via email at An admissions expert will be available to explain the process to you and answer any questions you might have.

If medical rehabilitation has been prescribed for you or a family member, we recommend you start by taking a tour of the Marianjoy facilities. Our admission experts can help arrange this. Further, you can download the Marianjoy Self-Referral Form to give to the acute care hospital case management or nursing staff. This will authorize a Marianjoy Referral Liaison and/or Physician to visit you in order to determine the most appropriate level of rehabilitation care.


CARFJoint Commission

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission

Supportive Resources for Admission

Marianjoy Self-Referral

This self-referral will authorize a Marianjoy Nurse Liaison and/or Physician to visit you and determine the appropriate level of rehabilitation for your needs.

Marianjoy Self-Referral Form

Keep one form with you and give the other form to your acute hospital case manager.

Marianjoy Locations

Click below for a complete listing of locations where Marianjoy physicians and associates provide services.