West Florida Rehabilitation Institute

More than 35 million people become disabled each year due to various neurologic and orthopedic conditions and injuries. Most of these people will need rehabilitation, a process of learning, relearning and practicing skills in order to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Program Description

The Rehabilitation Institute offers an extensive array of rehabilitative services for individuals with activity limitations and is licensed by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services as the only comprehensive physical medicine rehabilitation hospital in the Pensacola area. The program focuses on returning the patient to maximum independence under the guidance of a team of professionals specializing in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Rehabilitation Institute is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals and consistently meets or exceeds the regional and national rehabilitation standards.  The Institute is adjacent to West Florida Hospital's acute care hospital which offers medical support services, including emergency medical care, x-ray and lab services. 

 Additionally, West Florida Rehabilitation Institute provides an in-depth education program for family members and caregivers so that the patient is well prepared upon discharge. The success of the family education programs is reflected in the fact that 80% or more of all rehab patients are discharged home.


  • Regain Independence
  • Maximize independence in self care
  • Attain highest level of functional mobility and locomotion
  • Improve communication skills and social interaction
  • Enhance psychosocial adaptation through education and training
  • Assist with transition to home or an alternative level of care
  • Return to productive roles at home, workplace, school and in the community

Levels of Rehabilitative Care

  • Acute Inpatient Services
  • Outpatient Services
  • Community Support  Groups

Specialized Rehabilitation Services

The physicians and other professionals at The Rehabilitation Institute utilize a highly-specialized team approach to patient care and offer a wide range of services and treatments for patients recovering from:

  • CVA (Strokes)
  • Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Acute Functional Decline following Surgery or Illness
  • Neurological and Orthopedic Disorders
  • Amputations
  • Multiple Fractures
  • Total Joint Surgeries
  • Spine and Joint Disorders/Injuries
  • Arthritis

Inpatient Program Admission

Candidates for admission to inpatient rehabilitation will receive an onsite pre-admission evaluation by a physician, clinical nurse liaison or other members of the staff. The patient's medical, physical, cognitive, behavioral, and social status will be evaluated for the patient's appropriateness for admission.  The patient's financial status and need for resource assistance will also be assessed and a referral will be made to the appropriate agency as indicated. Input as well as decisions regarding admission are communicated with the patient, family, referring physician and external case manager.

Components of Inpatient Care

An interdisciplinary team develops an intensive and dynamic individualized plan of care with a progressive set of goals.  Preparation for discharge is coordinated through case management and includes patient and caregiver training, opportunities to practice skills in the community and assessment of equipment needs for the home.  The team of professionals is directed by a Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician) and includes:

  • Registered Certified Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Nurse Liaisons
  • Case Managers
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Registered Respiratory Therapists (24-hour)
  • Pharmacists
  • Other Medical Specialists as Needed.

Outpatient Services

Outpatient referrals are accepted from Florida-licensed physicians.   Comprehensive outpatient services include:

For more information on West Florida Rehabilitation Institute, call (850) 494-6100 or (800) 342-1123.

Rehabilitation Institute
8383 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL, 32514
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