Rusk Rehab Appointments & Referrals
At Rusk, we understand that patients want to return to their homes and communities able to lead full, satisfying lives. Our mission is to help patients develop the necessary physical, social, emotional, vocational, and recreational skills to reach the highest possible levels of independence and quality of life. To that end, the Rusk Institute Rehabilitation Network provides our patients with access to treatment across a continuum of care depending on their individual medical needs, including acute hospital-based inpatient programs and a full range of outpatient programs.
Our comprehensive Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation programs are patient-centered and team-focused. The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine offers specialized services for a variety of medical conditions for both adults and children. These rehabilitation services are accredited by:
- The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
- The Joint Commission (formerly called the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or JCAHO).
Individualized and carefully coordinated rehabilitation services are offered at two inpatient locations:
- The Ambulatory Care Center, 240 East 38th Street at First Avenue
- 301 East 17th Street at Second Avenue
Please call the Rusk Admitting Office at (212) 263-6034 to help facilitate an inpatient admission.
FAQ: How can my hospitalized family member get into Rusk as an inpatient?
While a patient is in the hospital, they or a family member can ask the hospital’s social worker or case manager to request an inpatient referral to Rusk. Once we receive the referral, we will make a decision whether to accept or deny admission to the patient based on a number of factors, including: medical necessity for an acute rehabilitation hospital stay; the patient’s medical diagnosis; whether the patient has the medical stability to participate in three hours of therapy per day; expectations for progress towards a higher level of function; and a viable discharge plan.
If you or your family member needs to be transferred to Rusk from another hospital or medical facility, your Rusk physician and social worker will help coordinate this move. If you would like to visit us beforehand, the Rusk Admitting Office will be glad to set up a tour designed to answer as many of your questions as possible. To arrange a tour, call us at (212) 263-6034.
The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine also offers an extensive range of specialized Outpatient Rehabilitation services, available through the following departments:
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Vocational Rehabilitation
To enroll in an outpatient program, you must have a valid physician’s prescription (you’ll find links to suggested prescription forms below). Once your prescription is completed, please fax or mail it to the Rusk Business Office at:
Fax: (212) 263-0113
Mail: 400 East 34th St., RG-8
New York, NY 10016
Please include your contact information. You will be contacted for an appointment once your prescription has been received and reviewed for the appropriate service.
Outpatient Referral Forms and Information
The following links to Referral Forms and Program Information will provide you with information about our specialized outpatient services, as well as a suggested prescription form for your physician to complete.