Penn Rehab 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.

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:

  • Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • Stroke Rehabilitation Program
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
  • Amputee Rehabilitation Program
  • Spinal Cord System of Care

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:

Patient Snapshot

  • In FY 2017, Penn Rehab cared for 1,148 patients.
  • At Penn Rehab, patients range from 18 - 105.

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. Compared to our inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the region, Penn Rehab’s percentages are higher for Stroke by 5.7%, for Spinal Cord Injury by 4%, for Brain Injury 1% and for Amputee by 2%.

FY 2017
Medical Condition Penn Rehab Region
Stroke 28% 22.3%
Ortho 19% 25.6%
Brain Injury 12% 11%
Amputation 5% 3%
Spinal Cord Injury 9% 5%
Neurological 6% 16%


During Your Penn Rehab Stay

Average Length of Stay

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. Typically, the average length of stay at Penn Rehab ranges from 10 to 14 days. 41.8% of patients at Penn Rehab were age 64 or younger in FY 17, compared to the national average of 29.5%.

Total Falls Rate

At Penn Rehab, the safety of our patients is a priority for every person who walks into our facility. In FY 2017, Penn Rehab had 3.76% Total Falls Rate (1000 Days), a dramatic decrease compared to the 8% Total Falls Rate (1000 Days) National Benchmark Average.

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.

Living in the Community

If there is an ultimate measure of our success, it is that patients are living in the community. In the first 2 quarters of FY 2018, 68% of Penn Rehab patients were discharged back into the community.

Year Penn Rehab
FY 16 61%
FY 17 63.8%
FY 18 Q 1 & 2 68.6%


Overall Satisfaction

Your experience with Penn Rehab should be the best. We want to exceed your expectations. In the first Quarter of FY 2018  patients scored us 91.5 out of a possible 100. In the 2nd quarter of FY 2018 patients scored us 90.2 out of a possible 100. 

Functional Independence (FIM)

Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is an industry tool that establishes a scale to measure one’s ability to function with independence.

Discharge FIM is scale of a patient’s ability to function with independence at the time of discharge.

Year Penn Rehab
FY 16 83.4
FY 17 84.6
FY 18 Q 1 & 2 83.3 (Q1) & 81.2 (Q2)


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