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Why Choose Us: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Our Outcomes: The Results of Our Care

If a disorder or injury has impaired your child’s physical abilities and communication skills, you may be looking for a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation (rehab) center with a proven ability to help children function as independently as possible. At Nemours, we know a big part of that is ensuring that kids are discharged from the hospital back to their own homes and schools, where they will hopefully thrive.

Why Measuring Results Matters

To provide pediatric care that's among the safest and most compassionate, we measure our results and compare them to national rates. Why? So we can:

  • help you make decisions about your child’s care
  • be clear about our results
  • improve and consistently deliver better, safer care

And we’re doing better than the national average in many specialties and processes.

Getting Kids Back Home

Getting Kids Back Home

Percentage of Inpatients Discharged to Their Home (Instead of Another Facility)

At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists see kids and teens with all kinds of conditions, from brain and spinal cord injuries to musculoskeletal disorders like cerebral palsy. Our goal, from the start, is to discharge children from our comprehensive integrated inpatient rehab program back to their home once they’ve achieved or regained sufficient levels of physical ability. That’s so important because we know kids do better, physically and emotionally, when they’re back home with their families in their own, familiar environment instead of another rehab or long-term care facility.

We’re able to rehabilitate and return kids to their homes by:

  • using a very intensive medical and therapeutic approach
  • mobilizing appropriate resources to support each child’s needs in the community after discharge. This includes helping to set up services in school and arranging for any necessary support at home.


2016 Percentage of Rehab Inpatients Discharged to Home (from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children)


Number of rehab inpatients discharged


Percentage of rehab inpatients discharged to home (instead of another facility)


National average (benchmark)


Data source: Excel data tracking file for all admissions/discharges managed by rehab program case manager; discharges January 1–December 31, 2015. While we are not aware of a specific national benchmark for discharge to home, this percentage reflects the Functional Independence Measure (WeeFIM uniform data system) national database discharge to home for 2016.

Getting Kids Back to School

Getting Kids Back to School

Percentage of Outpatients With Brain Injury Returned to School or Academic Program

Some kids and teens participate in our program as outpatients, receiving medical and therapeutic services through our Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (CORP). Of course, as a parent, you’d like them back in their school or academic environment — and as prepared as possible to participate to the best of their abilities. That’s why we offer a school right in the hospital to help kids transition to their school environments. Our teachers develop individualized programs based on each child’s specific needs, and work with children’s schools and teachers as appropriate.

It’s important to get kids back to school, whenever possible, so that they can have a chance to live to their fullest potential — whether that means interacting with their peers, going to college, or having a career or vocation someday.


2016 Percentage of Outpatients With Brain Injury Returned to School (from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children)


Number of rehab outpatients with brain injury returned to academic setting


Percentage of rehab outpatients with brain injury returned to academic setting


Data source: Excel data tracking file for all admissions/discharges managed by rehab program case manager; CORP discharges January 1–December 31, 2015. Eight patients were less than 5 years old and not old enough for school (not included in the calculation of return to school); two of those children were referred to early intervention services at discharge. In 2016, those who did not return to an academic setting were seen over the summer when school was not in session. There is no known national benchmark data identified for return to school.

Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart

Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart

Why Choose Nemours Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

At Nemours, we use a very intensive and integrated interdisciplinary team approach. This means we weave in the expertise of our pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians with that of neuropsychologists, therapy services professionals (physical, speech, occupational and respiratory therapists), social workers, nutritionists and rehabilitation nurses, among others. All of this allows us to provide outstanding continuity of medical care.

The Most Advanced Technology & Amenities to Improve Outcomes

Our new state-of-the-art Rehabilitation and Inpatient Therapy Center includes the:

  • ZeroG® Gait and Balance System, which allows patients with limited mobility to test their limits without the fear of falling. We’re the only pediatric hospital in the nation using the latest, upgraded ZeroG® model.
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suite, with fully furnished kitchen, modified bedroom and Enliten harness system to help children with limited mobility safely practice daily life tasks
  • Remodeled on-site school classroom equipped with computers and library, and staffed by Nemours special education teachers
  • Centrally located family waiting lounge with kitchenette
  • Outdoor terrace, where patients can continue rehab, play, and enjoy fresh air and solitude 

Top-Notch Care

If your child needs physical medicine and rehabilitation, you want to know they’re in the best hands. 

  • Our pediatric rehab program is the only Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited program in the tristate area located within a pediatric hospital. Achieving CARF accreditation is rigorous and difficult, and we’re pleased to have earned the distinction since 1989.
  • All five of our rehab physicians are dually trained in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Our Pediatric/PM&R residency training program is one of only three in the country offering double board certification.
  • We offer a wide range of pediatric medical specialty support that provides all the care kids might need, right within our hospital.


Learn more about Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Nemours. And get additional information to help prepare you and your child for rehab and eventual discharge.


We ask for your honest feedback so we can make improvements for all of our patients. Here's how families ranked us in surveys:

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.)

  • Likelihood to recommend: 90 percent average, with many experiences near 100 percent (1/17-6/17) 

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