Why Choose Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit (CHRU)?

CARF Accredited
CARF Accreditation

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has been accredited by CARF for the following programs: inpatient rehabilitation program – hospital, pediatric specialty program.

At the Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Unit (CHRU), we recognize this can be a stressful time. But we also know that kids need to be kids. Because of this, we strive to provide a supportive place for you and your child. We tailor our plans of care to your child's unique needs by providing:

  • Cutting-edge rehabilitation.
  • Team-based care, including
    • Medical care.
    • Nursing.
    • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • On-site access to medical imaging.
    • Rapid access to pharmacy services and lab work at UPMC Children’s main campus.
  • A home-like environment where you stay at their bedside.
  • Access to Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh.
  • School teacher, recreation therapy, psychology, social work, care coordination, and music, art, and pet therapy.
  • Contracts with providers for specialized assessment of vision and assistive technology (AT).
  • Partnerships with outside providers for assessment and provision of durable medical equipment as well as orthotics and prosthetics.
  • Healthful community outings.
  • Extensive education and training for the transition home.
Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit (CHRU) walking

Who's a Candidate for Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation?

The patients we serve include children and young adults from less than 1 year of age to 25 years of age, diagnosed with, but not limited to:

  • Acquired brain injury
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Non-traumatic brain injury
    • Stroke
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord injury*
    • Traumatic
    • Non-traumatic
  • Prolonged hospital stays/deconditioning
  • Complex orthopedic injury
  • Pulmonary/mechanical respiratory support
  • Amputation
  • Other disabling neurological conditions

*Our spinal cord program specifically considers the cause, including traumatic vs. non-traumatic injuries, the location of the injury, how injury may affect function, as well as completeness of injury. Any comorbidities are evaluated and incorporated into the team’s plan of care.

Contact the Children's Hospital Rehab Unit

If you have questions or potential referrals, contact:

Nancy Marino
412-692-5060
MarinoN@upmc.edu

UPMC Children’s Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center
5324 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

412-692-8300