Inpatient Rehabilitation at UPMC Western Maryland

If you or someone you love needs intensive rehabilitation, our comprehensive inpatient rehab unit (CIRU) may be a good option. CIRU is part of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

Questions or referrals? Call our rehab nurse liaison at 240-964-6132 or the CIRU main number at 240-964-6000.

Scope of Service

Our Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU), part of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The unit is located on the sixth floor of UPMC Western Maryland, where it provides interdisciplinary rehabilitation services 24- hours per day, seven days per week. While a patient on the unit, you’ll have about three hours of daily therapy six days a week.

Our large interdisciplinary team of experts works together to provide all-around care.

The unit consists of:

  • Thirteen private rooms.
  • A bright dining room for eating meals with views of the mountains.
  • A spacious therapy gym.
  • An apartment to practice home management tasks and self-care skills needed for life after rehab.

We’re mindful of the cultural diversity of those we serve. We seek to create a welcoming and supportive place for all.

We serve adults over 18 years of age diagnosed with but not limited to:

  • Stroke.
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries.
  • Non-traumatic spinal cord injuries.
  • Lower extremity fractures.
  • Cardiac and pulmonary disorders.
  • Amputations.
  • Nervous system health problems. These may include Parkinson's, myasthenia gravis, myopathy, and Multiple Sclerosis.

The CIRU accepts referrals from:

  • Doctors in private practice.
  • Internal and external transitional care facilities.
  • Critical care and acute care units.
  • Home health.

We work with most insurance plans, including Medicaid and private health plans. We will get pre-authorization and give financial disclosures before you accept the bed offer.

The Veteran's Administration (VA) is not a payor for acute inpatient rehabilitation. People served by the VA must go to specific designated facilities determined by the VA system.

Our treatment team works together with you and your family to develop an individualized plan of rehabilitation care and then guides you through a practical and personal process to maximize functional independence.

During your stay with us, you get:

  • Daily provider monitoring.
  • 24-hour nursing care.
  • Three hours of therapy a day, six days a week, in at least two of the three disciplines: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology.

CIRU also offers:

  • Radiological and laboratory services.
  • Medical care.
  • Nutritional consultation.
  • Pastoral and spiritual care.
  • Pharmacological services
  • Respiratory therapy.
  • Social work and case management.
  • Mental and behavioral health care on an individual basis.

Other specialty services can be available through consultation, depending on the person's need for durable medical equipment, orthotics, and prosthetics. We aim to make sure your rehab care plan helps you reach your full potential with seamless care.

Supporting your Health and Wellness While in the CIRU

Transitional Care/Wellness opportunities include:

  • Re-entry planning.
  • Medicine management.
  • Monthly stroke support group.
  • Sunday mobility.
  • A stay in our transitional apartment.
  • Wellness lunch and learn sessions.

CIRU is within UPMC Western Maryland, so you have access to all of the hospital's emergent care services if the need arises.

We also offer imaging testing at any time, such as:

  • CT scans.
  • Echocardiograms.
  • MRIs.
  • Modified barium swallow studies.
  • Ultrasounds.
  • X-rays.

The CIRU's admission guidelines help make sure each person we serve gets the best care.

Admission to the CIRU is elective and is based on criteria that help ensure that the services are the most appropriate for each individual we serve.

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Requires at least a five-day inpatient rehab stay.
  • An impairment that requires 24-hour rehab, medical, and nursing care.
  • Require an intense program with care from two or more therapies (physical, occupational, or speech therapy)
  • Be willing and able to participate in three hours of therapy each day or 15 hours a week.
  • Be medically stable with no ongoing medical problems that would stop you from participating in an intensive physical rehabilitation program.
  • Have the potential for improvement as a result of participation in an inpatient rehabilitation program.
  • Have a family member, caregiver, or partner's support if necessary to accomplish the highest level of functional outcome.

CIRU Admission Guidelines for Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries

We consider people with spinal cord dysfunction — whether traumatic or non-traumatic — on a case-by-case basis.

We care for people who aren't on ventilator support who have spine injuries at one of the following levels:

  • Sacral.
  • Lumbar.
  • Thoracic.
  • Cervical (C6 or C7).

We consider people with acquired brain injuries if they level of 7 or higher on the Rancho scale and possess the following characteristics:

  • Behavior is appropriate in a familiar setting.
  • Ability to perform daily routines automatically.
  • Shows carry-over for new learning.
  • Initiates social interactions (although judgement may remain impaired).

Stroke Specialty Program

Our CARF accredited Stroke Specialty Program follows these same inpatient rehabilitation admission criteria and focuses on the unique needs of persons who have sustained a stroke.

We aim to:

  • Support you and your loved ones.
  • Promote health and wellness.
  • Improve your overall quality of life.

The goals of the stroke program are to:

  • Provide education on preventing a recurrent stroke.
  • Help reduce impairment and other health issues that come from a stroke.
  • Reduce functional activity limitations.
  • Lower your environmental barriers.
  • Ensure a successful transition care plan is agreed upon.

See the 2023 annual outcomes of the CIRU and stroke specialty program.

After a referral, a rehab coordinator or liaison will complete a preadmission screening.

This screening will determine if you're eligible for admission to the CIRU.

The preadmission screen evaluates the following criteria:

  • Diagnosis details.
  • Prior level of function.
  • Health history.
  • Details of your ongoing needs.
  • Your support system.
  • How long you likely need to stay.
  • Where you can go after discharge from the CIRU.
  • How you plan to pay for the stay.

A rehab provider will review the preadmission screen and justify that the patient requires, will benefit from, and can actively participate in intensive rehabilitation therapy.

The intended discharge setting for most people we treat is to return to their home.

If home isn't a good option, we try to find the best place to meet your needs, such as:

  • A skilled nursing center.
  • A long-term acute care center.
  • Acute care for further treatment.
  • A residential center.

The discharge environment depends on the patient/caregiver's ability to provide safe and effective care for the patient.

The CIRU Team Understands Your Needs

The rehabilitation process can at times feel long and frustrating. Your family/caregiver/partner is encouraged to participate in the treatment process.

Our staff will provide you and your support system with:

  • Caregiver training.
  • Home management skills.
  • Tips for sticking with the rehab process after hitting your highest level of discharge potential.

Our program is equipped to support the psychological needs of our patients and their caregivers related to their hospital stay, underlying conditions or those that are a result of their injury.

Our Mission

Our UPMC Western Maryland CIRU inpatient program is dedicated to providing comprehensive rehabilitative services for our patients with physical, functional thinking, swallowing, and/or communication impairments. Through a team approach, we focus on delivering sound rehabilitative therapy to affect positive change in functional ability, independence, and self-reliance across various environments, while protecting and promoting the rights of the persons served.

Our team is committed to helping improve your best level of physical, educational, and psychological skills necessary for your return to your prior level of functioning.

CIRU Accreditations and Feedback

These agencies accredit the CIRU:

  • Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) – Medical Rehabilitation, Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program and Stroke Specialty Program (Adults).
  • Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Our top percentile attributes were:

  • The overall rating of the therapist.
  • Clear communication and careful listening by the therapist.
  • Explanation of new medicines.
  • Aligned care and services.
  • Timely response to call buttons.

Recent Patient Feedback

After a life changing car accident, Heather Miltenberger was left with many injuries and a long road to recovery. Part of her recovery led her to the UPMC Western Maryland Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU).

As a UPMC Western Maryland employee, Heather was already aware of the high level of care she would receive as a patient.

“Everyone was so kind and attentive to my needs. They really make you feel like family. The team cares for you and the effort you are making in your recovery,” she noted.

“I would recommend the UPMC Western Maryland CIRU to anyone. They do everything possible to get you prepared for going home after your stay. Also, with the continued outpatient therapy they push you to get back to where you were before your accident or procedure,” she said.

Contact the CIRU at UPMC Western Maryland

To see if you qualify for inpatient rehab or to start the referral process, call:

CIRU address

12500 Willowbrook Rd., 6th floor
Cumberland, MD 21502.

Open 24 hours a day.

Providing Feedback Improves Care

We value the feedback that our community and patients give us in order to make improvements and address concerns.

If you or your family have any questions or concerns, please contact our Patient Experience department at 240-964-8104 or 48104 on your bedside phone.