Best Children's Hospitals: Rehab

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Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

The Cleveland Clinic offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Credit: Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

When your child is ill, only the best care is good enough. So we're highlighting the hospitals that are leading the way in research, innovation, treatment and, most importantly, patient care. This is the sixth in the series on best children's hospitals in the United States.

Where do you go if your child has an ongoing condition such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury? In addition to getting the best treatment immediately, patient care after discharge is a big part of the decision making.
According to the American Hospital Association, there are only about 40 freestanding children's rehabilitation, specialty and convalescent hospitals, including 16 short-term care facilities and 24 long-term care facilities.
In addition to these specialty centers, some hospitals offer children ongoing therapy for muscle tone development, motor development, strength, endurance, range of motion, sensory motor skills, communication, language and feeding. But three leaders for children's rehabilitation services are:
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation, Cleveland, Ohio
It's ranked as one of the leading hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, which has published its annual ranking of America's best hospitals for 15 years. Cleveland Clinic Children's Shaker Medical Campus offers an inpatient program and outpatient rehabilitation and therapy services for children who have chronic conditions, and for those recovering from a trauma, surgery or an acute hospital stay. The center is also home to the renowned Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and offers an innovative motor-control therapy program and treatment for feeding disorders. Support after discharge is a key focus of Cleveland's children's care. Overall, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital earned national rankings in eight of 10 pediatric specialties.
Shriners Hospital for Children, Multiple cities
With locations in cities across the country, Shriners is internationally acclaimed for its innovative research and teaching programs dedicated to improving the lives of children suffering burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate and orthopedic conditions. Shriners rehabilitation hospitals are known for providing free care to children and their families and are located in Boston; Cincinnati; Galveston, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; Philadelphia; Chicago and other cities. Unlike some rehabilitation hospitals that treat both adults and children, Shriners hospitals are focused exclusively on children and are affiliated with prominent teaching hospitals across the country including Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and Marquette University in Milwaukee. The hospitals also appeared among the top 10 "best-liked charities" in the country, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy poll.

Children's Institute of Pittsburgh/The Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn.
The nation's most comprehensive rehabilitation center accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities, and ranked as a leading children's hospital and rehabilitation hospital in the U.S. News top hospitals list, the hospital offers rehabilitation treatment for children in myriad areas, from autism treatment and brain injury to functional feeding, obesity management and spinal cord injury.

Related: Best Children's Hospitals: Top 3, Best Children's Hospitals: Cancer, Best Children's Hospitals: Digestive and Liver Disorders, Best Children's Hospitals: Diabetes, Best Children's Hospitals: Respiratory Conditions

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