The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network includes four hospitals, 23 outpatient centers, and three skilled nursing facilities which share a mission is to improve the quality of life for people experiencing illness, injury, and disability.
Patients come to Spaulding’s hospitals from all over Massachusetts, New England, across the United States, and the world. The flagship hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston, is ranked number five in the country by U.S. News and World Report and number one in New England. As a center of treatment excellence and a leading physical medicine and rehabilitation research institution, Spaulding Boston has been the source of significant treatment innovations with direct and dramatic implications for people with paralysis and other serious disabilities.
The Spaulding Network is at the forefront of innovative treatment for major disabling conditions, including spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), other traumatic injuries, stroke, and neuromuscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease. At Spaulding, the treatment goals go far beyond immediate rehabilitation to address long-term health and function, as well as giving patients encouragement and hope as they return to their lives in the community.
Facts and Stats
- 596 inpatient beds
- 217 skilled nursing facility beds
- More than 7,400 inpatients served each year
- More than 25,000 new outpatients served each year, with over 300,000 visits annually
- More than 1,500 skilled nursing patients served each year
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston has 36 current research projects ongoing. Examples include:
- Testing an upper extremity therapy for children with cerebral palsy using a Microsoft Surface Touch Table computer and specially designed games
- Research into the use of Functional Electronic Stimulation combined with a rowing machine as effective full-body exercise for people with lower-body paralysis
- A study of the impact of exercise as a fall prevention tool for elders with high fall risk
- Studies on the biomechanics of running and injury prevention
- Research into disorders of consciousness and the most effective ways to bring people out of a vegetative state
The Spaulding Network reaches beyond the walls of our facilities. Community based programs foster inclusion of people with disabilities and raise awareness, while supporting our mission to improve quality of life. Examples include:
- The Dr. Charles H. Weingarten Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program, offering children, youth, and adults with disabilities the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities such as adaptive kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, tennis, bicycling, and wall climbing. The program represents a partnership with AccesSportsAmerica and serves more than 500 people each year.
- The Working Partners project represents a unique public-private partnership between the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and Spaulding. An MRC employment specialist is located on-site at Spaulding to support both patients and community members with employment issues.