Patient Outcomes


The Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (Penn Rehab) is the inpatient rehabilitation unit licensed through the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and managed by Good Shepherd Penn Partners.

Penn Rehab is focused on making your best life possible. You can count on and evaluate our success by the actual outcomes of the individuals we have served.

At Penn Rehab, we uphold a high level of quality and outcomes. We are accredited by The Joint Commission, which demonstrates how well we meet high standards for safety and quality. Penn Rehab also holds accreditations from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for the following programs:

CARF is a voluntary additional level of accreditation that Penn Rehab upholds. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to continuously improve service quality and to focus on the satisfaction of the persons we serve.

Below is information about the clinical outcomes of our inpatient rehabilitation programs from FY 2016:

  • In FY 2016, Penn Rehab cared for 1,112 patients.
  • The average patient age of 77 for Penn Rehab.
  • In terms of gender 52.4% of our patients are male and 47.6% are female.

Below is a snapshot of the types of medical conditions we serve.

Conditions Treated at Penn Rehab

Below you can see a snap shot of the type of conditions we serve. Like most other acute rehab hospitals, individuals who have had a stroke, orthopedic surgery or overall medically complex needs account for the majority of the patients served. Below is a graph showcasing the variety of medical conditions treated at Penn Rehab, and the percentage of patients treated.



Medical Condition
Penn Rehab
Medically Complex
Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Injury

* Data above is from UDS - Unified Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, a division of UB Foundation Activities, Inc.    

Compared to our IRF’s in the state, Penn Rehab’s percentages are higher for Medically Complex by 5.8%, for Stroke by 2.8%, for SCI by 4% and for Amputee by 3%.  For BI we are comparable at -0.6%.Ortho percentages are lower by 6.3% and Neurological by 8.7%.

Average Length of Stay

Overall: 15.8 

The length of stay at Penn Rehab is based on the individualized needs of each patient. Upon admission, we start partnering and   planning with each patient.  Here is a line graph showing the length of stay of patients who are receiving treatment at Penn Rehab

Average Length of Stay



Life After Hospitalization

The way we measure our success at getting patient’s back to life is to reach out 90 days post-discharge. We partner with a company of trained professionals who call all our discharged patients to ask them questions about how well they are doing. Below are some key outcomes for FY16:

Living in the Community

Overall 95.4% and Improving  

If there is an ultimate measure of our success, it is that patients are living in the community. As you can see nearly 100% of our discharges are living in the community by the last quarter of the year.  This is an area that has improved quarter to quarter

Living in the Community



No Hospital Readmission

Overall: 81.6%

Everyone in healthcare is working on making sure that patients don’t end up back in the hospital unless they really need to return. Of our discharged patients, our percentage with no hospital readmits is another area that has improved in FY16.

No Hospital Readmission

Overall Satisfaction

Your experience with Penn Rehab should be the best. We want to exceed your expectations. As you can see from the scores below, Penn Rehab remains above 95% with overall patient satisfaction. 

Overal Satisfaction


Functional Independence (FIM)

Overall 115.3 and Improving

Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is an industry tool that establishes a scale to measure one’s ability to function with independence. The maximum score is 126. Our scores for the entire fiscal year are above the national averages compared to other inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

Functional Independence (FIM)


As you can see from the numbers above Penn Rehab’s outcomes are strong and they are improving. We uphold that Your Life is Worth Penn Medicine. You have a choice for where you go for your rehabilitation; make sure you pick the place known for their expertise and outcomes.