The new Acute Brain Injury NeuroRehabilitation Unit is open at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The $7 million, 11-bed unit offers advanced care and staff to meet the needs of patients recovering from traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumors and more.

Staff members are trained to help patients improve problems with cognition, balance, strength, motor control, vision, speech and other deficits. The unit will also help patients reintegrate into the community by referring them to local resources when they're discharged from the hospital.

“This new unit strengthens our ability to provide integrated and coordinated care for cognitively impaired brain injury patients,” said Rajeev Patel, MD, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. “Keeping these patients here at Strong Memorial allows easier coordination of care with their acute care physicians who, in many cases, are only a floor away. Our unique service line model allows for our brain injury rehabilitation medicine physicians to provide continuity of care from acute floor consultation, admission and medical management on our new brain injury unit, and follow-up in the outpatient clinic setting after discharge.”

The new addition to Strong adds much-needed rehabilitation beds to the community and expands the ability to provide advanced care to patients sent from UR Medicine affiliates and other hospitals in the region.