Rehabilitation (Intensive Inpatient)

Depend on the specialists at Essentia Health for intensive rehabilitation services for adults, children, and adolescents. You’ll receive multidisciplinary care to help you recover from major illnesses and injuries and prepare for your return home. You'll find intensive rehabilitation programs at Essentia Health-Duluth.

What's Intensive Inpatient Rehabilitation?

With intensive inpatient rehabilitation, you'll stay in the hospital while making therapy the focus of your daily routine. This may include physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy as well as visits with psychologists and specialists.

When To Get Care

If you or a loved one are hospitalized following an injury or illness, you may receive some therapy along with other medical services you need. If you need intense therapy beyond your initial hospital stay, you may benefit from intensive inpatient rehabilitation. This includes if you or a loved one had a:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic injury
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Other condition that requires intensive recovery

Who Qualifies?

To be eligible for intensive inpatient rehabilitation, you must:

  • Need at least two forms of rehabilitation therapy
  • Be willing to take part in rehabilitation therapy
  • Have the potential to improve function or achieve independence

Team-Based Care

You may work with many types of providers to help you develop and reach your personal goals. Your team may include:

  • Doctors, such as physiatrists or neurologists
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains

Day Rehabilitation Program in Duluth, MN

Depending on your needs, intensive outpatient rehabilitation at Essentia Health-Duluth may be an option for you. You can take part in many rehabilitation therapies four to five days a week and return home at the end of the day. You’ll focus on improving independence and functional activities, such as dressing, bathing, walking, thinking, communicating, and swallowing.

ZeroG Gait & Balance System

If you or a loved one can no longer walk or stand due to a stroke or life-changing injury, our team is here. Our ZeroG Gait & Balance System allows a patient to try standing and walking without fear of falling. It's a harness that supports a patient's weight, so even weak muscles can start to help the patient walk. This also allows the brain and spinal cord to reconnect, as we don't normally have to think about walking.

Contact Us

Schedule a tour or ask questions.

Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan Buildling):
Call 218-786-8003 or 800-225-7723

CARF Accreditation Seal

CARF Accredited Care

Recover with confidence at Essentia Health-Duluth. Our inpatient rehab facility has earned CARF Accreditation for program quality and outcomes.

Patient Story

Jim Stavseth shares his story of overcoming the odds after suffering a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Like Nowhere Else: Jim's Story – Essentia Health Video Transcript

A man and woman run on a narrow lane surrounded by trees

JIM: My name is Jim Stavseth. I'm age 60, I live in International Falls, Minnesota. Once I started running outside, I was just like I could be out there and enjoy the outdoors and I was getting in better physical shape. On August 19th of 2017, I was riding my bike and I crossed this five-foot ditch on a timber with my mountain bike. And I fell and suffered a C6 fracture and a spinal cord injury to C4, C5. I was paralyzed from the neck down.

Helicopter hovers

The air ambulance was called because they knew they had to airlift me. We just told them to take us to St. Mary's Essentia.

spinal X-rays

The on-duty neurosurgeon came in to give me the results. He told me, you have a 5% chance of getting out of bed. And I just remember saying, no, that's not me. I'm going to get out of here. I'm going to get up out of this bed.

Jim and Betsy run up hill

BETSY BROKAW: My name is Betsy Brokaw and I'm Jim's running partner. Jim had called me and he said, I'm not going to be there today. I'm in Duluth. I can't move. And it was just heartbreaking to see because I knew that we were running 13 miles a day, and now he couldn't even walk or sit up on his own. JIM: Every gain was a reason to celebrate, whether it was moving your toes or moving your ankle or some little movement you could achieve. It was a lot of work, but that's what keeps you moving forward is you have to keep working. BETSY BROKAW: When I went down there, they had to help him move. And the second time that I went down there, he was sitting up in bed. And then the next time I went down there, he was getting in the wheelchair by himself. The recovery was amazing. He said from day one, I'm going to walk again. I'm going to do this. My goal is to do the 5K in Duluth. And he did it. JIM: It's been a slow improvement trying to get back to running. I don't think I'll ever get back to where I was. I have to keep working at it. My one PT told me, he says, you can't remember what you were like on August 18th of 2017, you have to remember what you were like on August 20, 2017 to where you are now. That helps put it all in perspective. The employees essentially, from the doctors to the nurses, not only did they help me, but they helped my family. Say, here I come, Mom. I was incredibly lucky. Without family, it would have been a lot tougher, this journey. SPEAKER: OK, go. When I can go back to Miller-Dwan, I can walk through there and they're glad to see you. They come up, they give you a hug or they shake your hand. The people is what makes Essentia, and I couldn't have did that without them.

They run up the path of a wooded area on a sunny day. The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle. Text, Essentia Health


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