Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod offers specialized programs and services to help people regain function after illness, injury and surgery.

Since opening in 1995, we have led the Cape region in introducing advanced technologies that facilitate recovery from stroke and other neurological disorders. Our hospital is home to physicians and staff who are uniquely qualified to help people with disabling illness live as fully and independently as possible.

Spaulding Cape Cod is certified by Medicare as an acute rehabilitation hospital – the only one on Cape Cod. For a detailed description of our Scope of Services, click here.
Key features include:

  • One of our full-time physicians directs each patient’s care. Generally physicians see their patients every 1 – 2 days.
  • A physician is on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Our patients receive comprehensive, intensive therapies an average of three hours a day, at least five days per week.
  • We have the resources to admit patients soon after a disabling injury, illness or surgery.
  • We have the medical and nursing expertise to care for patients who have complex medical conditions in addition to rehabilitation needs.
  • We begin rehabilitation early to avoid complications associated with prolonged bed rest, such as pneumonia and pressure sores. 

Our extensive range of Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs includes:

Adults and children can also experience the Spaulding difference at Spaulding Cape Cod’s outpatient centers in Sandwich, Yarmouth, Orleans, Plymouth and at our pediatric center in Sandwich.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

History of Spaulding Cape Cod

Today – Spaulding Cape Cod continues to engage in a continuous process of identifying the community's need for rehabilitation services, as part of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network that spans Cape Ann to Cape Cod and includes four hospitals, 23 outpatient centers and two Boston-area skilled nursing facilities.

2011 – The hospital established the Centers for Geriatric Neurology and the Adolescent Sports Concussion Clinic in response to pressing community needs.

2010 – The hospital changed its name to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod and became a fully integrated member of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

2009 - The hospital continued to make sophisticated therapy and rehabilitation physician services accessible to residents throughout the region by opening the Spaulding Outpatient Center Plymouth to serve the South Shore.

2008 – The hospital opened its new Parkinson’s Center for Comprehensive Care, offering coordinated access for inpatient programs, outpatient neurology and therapy services, plus Parkinson’s wellness and psychology programs.

2006 – The hospital became the first in the Northeast to receive three-year national accreditation as a Stroke Specialty Program by the industry’s highest review body, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

2005 – The hospital created the RHCI Center for NeuroRecovery, reflecting its commitment to provide advanced rehabilitation services for those with neurologic impairment.

2005 – To meet the needs of children with rehabilitation needs, the hospital opened the RHCI for Children Eileen M. Ward Rehabilitation Center. This regional resource is dedicated to promoting the physical, psychological, social and academic growth of children with a wide range of illnesses, injuries and disabilities.


2001 – RHCI established the RHCI-Yarmouth Outpatient Rehabilitation Center.

2001 – RHCI became a member, along with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, of the Partners HealthCare system.

2000s – The hospital continued to open outpatient centers to make sophisticated therapy and rehabilitation physician services accessible to residents throughout the Cape and South Shore.

1997 – The hospital established its first satellite center, the RHCI-Orleans Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, to serve residents of the Lower and Outer Cape.

1995 – The new hospital, the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands (RHCI), opened its doors and was dedicated to meeting the rehabilitation needs of local residents by providing a continuum of high quality medical and rehabilitation care.

1980s – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health documented an increasing shortage of rehabilitation services in the Cape Cod region. To meet this need, the county government and local community hospitals issued a request for proposals to develop hospital-level rehabilitation services on Cape Cod. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston — a national leader in rehabilitation and a major affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital — was selected.



About Admissions:

Q. How do I get admitted?
A: Admissions to Spaulding inpatient programs are completed by a physician referral or by pre-admission through a Spaulding representative at an acute-care facility. Admission criteria are determined by each program. Patient referrals may be made by calling 1-888-774-0055. In some cases, individuals can be admitted without having to stay in an acute-care hospital. Learn more about our Direct Admissions Program. 

Q. What should I expect when I arrive?
A: A member of our care team will help you get you settled at Spaulding. Your Spaulding physician and nurse will meet with you within the first 24 hours of your stay. You will meet your other team members either that day or the next.

Q. What rehabilitation services does Spaulding offer?
A: The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network offers major rehabilitation programs including amputee and vascular disease rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, burn rehabilitation, pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation, disorder of consciousness rehabilitation for those with severe brain injuries, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, spinal cord injury rehabilitation and stroke/neurology rehabilitation. We offer specialized programs in ventilator weaning, oncology, pulmonary, cardiac care, neurology/stroke, post-organ transplant, post-surgical and orthopedics. Our clinical capabilities include a unique combination of complex medical and rehabilitative care, with comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy. We provide management of chemotherapy, peritoneal and hemodialysis, pain management and complex wound care.

Q. How much therapy will I receive?
A: Your treatment team determines the amount of therapy you will receive. The frequency of your therapy may vary. We encourage family members to take part in your therapy, as they can provide support and motivation and can learn skills to help you. Family/care team conferences are scheduled regularly to discuss or reassess your treatment program.

Q. What are the accommodations like?
A: Most patients have a semi-private room equipped with a television and a telephone, each with its own fully accessible bathroom, including shower. You are welcome to bring your laptop computer. We provide free wireless Internet service.

Q. What are the meals like?
A: We offer special menu plans that provide tasty, nutritionally balanced meals appropriate for your medical condition. You may choose what you’d like to eat each day.

Q. Can I get a tour of Spaulding’s facilities?
A: Tours of Spaulding facilities are available and may be arranged by calling 1-888-774-0055.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Click here for our handy “What to Bring” checklist.

Q. How long will I stay?
A: Your length of stay will depend on your individual treatment plan and progress in reaching your goals. Your recovery does not stop when you leave Spaulding. We will work with you to arrange ongoing care through home care or outpatient therapy upon your discharge.

Q: Who will coordinate my care?
A: While you are with Spaulding, your care is coordinated by physicians and nursing staff, who may access other medical specialists, diagnostics and treatments as needed. Rehabilitation therapies are customized to meet the unique needs of each person. The rehabilitation team can include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, discharge planners and other specialists.

Q. How can I pay for my care?
A: Insurance or managed care programs generally cover rehabilitation services prescribed by a physician. Discuss coverage with your insurance representative prior to treatment. During your stay at Spaulding, a Case Manager will keep you informed about your insurance coverage.

Q. What if I need help when I go home?
A: Many patients require assistance to make the transition from Spaulding to home. Your patient care coordinator will work with you to identify your home care needs and will make appropriate referrals to arrange the services you need.

About Spaulding Programs:

Q. What is Spaulding’s philosophy of care?
A: Our interdisciplinary team approach supports the optimum recovery of the individual by involving the patient and family in all phases of the treatment process. Since the goal of the facility is to assist all patients in returning to the most independent living environment as quickly as possible, our dedicated staff helps patients reach their recovery goals successfully through an outcome-orientated approach to care. We do this by assembling a team of case managers, nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and therapists who meet weekly to review and revise treatment plans. We encourage family members to attend these meetings to promote dialogue and stay updated.

Q: How does Spaulding’s research help patients?
A: Research is an integral component of Spaulding's work. Our faculty members maintain a vigorous research agenda throughout the Network, and collaborate with colleagues at other teaching hospitals and universities. Our research focuses on improving areas of rehabilitation treatment and care, such as improving neurological or musculoskeletal functions, understanding the effects of physical activity or inactivity and exercise, evaluating the efficacy and delivery of new treatments, and applied research on new technologies. Spaulding research is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical principles and regard for the protection of our study volunteers. We adhere to all federal regulatory policies on research with human subjects.

Q. What is medically complex care?
A: Medically complex care is a unique system of care that facilitates recovery from illness or injury. It is designed for patients with diverse medical conditions, such as post-surgical complications, multi-system failure, altered wound healing and metabolic imbalance. Learn more about our Complex Medical Care.

Q: What are the offerings of Spaulding’s integrative medicine program?
A: Integrative medicine is also known as complementary and alternative medicine. Building on a 30-year history of interdisciplinary inpatient treatment of chronic pain, integrative medicine approaches at Spaulding have steadily spread to other inpatient and outpatient settings in recent years. Spaulding offers integrative therapies, including acupuncture, Reiki, yoga, martial arts, massage therapy, hypnotherapy, biofeedback and more, to both inpatients and outpatients.

Q. What makes Spaulding’s adaptive sports program unique?
A: Our Adaptive Sports provides Spaulding patients, former patients, and disabled members of the community with a range of therapeutic recreational activities. The program helps individuals gain muscle strength, coordination, equilibrium, endurance, self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. Available activities include park and campus sports, cycling, wall climbing, water sports, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boating and windsurfing.

Q. What should I know about the Spaulding Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems?
A: Spaulding has continued to work with the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) as a longitudinal follow-up center by virtue of a contract with the TBIMS National Data and Statistical Center at Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, which is in turn funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. The grant supports the participation of Spaulding in a nationwide database collecting a broad variety of data from TBI patients to build a better understanding of the dynamics of this condition.

Q. What should I know about the Spaulding Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems?
A: Spaulding’s Spinal Cord Injury Program works as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System site by virtue of a contract with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR awards SCI Model Systems grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care. Each site provides the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and community reentry. This funding will allow Spaulding clinicians and researchers to improve both regional and national understanding of SCI treatment models. Spaulding contributes to the national SCI Model Systems Database for a better understanding of long-term health outcomes.

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