Recovery Support at UPMC Western Maryland


After a health event, such as a stroke, surgery, or injury, patients of UPMC Western Maryland are able to take advantage of the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) to help make their transition back to everyday life more smoothly.

“The UPMC Western Maryland CIRU team encourages patients to become as independent as possible by developing a personalized rehabilitation plan, “said Kim Whetsel, OTRL, UPMC Western Maryland Director of Rehabilitation and Wound Care Services.

Located on the sixth floor of Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, the CIRU provides rehabilitation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to patients who are learning to adapt to changes in their personal abilities.

The CIRU includes 13 private patient rooms, a spacious rehabilitation gym, a transitional apartment for Recovery Support at UPMC Western Maryland practicing tasks and skills needed to succeed in life after therapy, and a bright dining room with views of the mountains for meals.

“We know every patient has a unique set of needs,” said Whetsel. “The CIRU uses a team approach to care, led by physicians trained in rehabilitative medicine. At the center of the team is always the patient.”

The UPMC Western Maryland CIRU is also nationally accredited by CARF International for the Stroke Specialty and Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs.

For more information, please call the CIRU main unit number 240-964-6000.