Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation

You Deserve the Best Recovery.

Inpatient rehabilitation is for patients who need intensive, interdisciplinary rehabilitation services. Such inpatient programs are designed to improve function and promote each patient’s highest degree of independence.

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At Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation – Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation, our team is dedicated to providing patients with the best possible outcomes, while delivering a top-notch experience. Our 40-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services for neurological and orthopedic injuries. Patients admitted to the Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation require an intense rehabilitation program and medical care from a physician specialized in rehabilitation.

Special Awards or Recognition

  • Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award in Stroke
  • Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center
  • CARF Accredited

Specialized Rehabilitation Services include:

  • Amputation
  • Back and neck pain
  • Balance disorders
  • Brain injuries
  • Chronic pain disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Stroke
  • Women’s & Men’s Health

We employ an interdisciplinary team model that is a naturally collaborative effort, which places you and your family in the center of the healthcare team.

Family and Patient Satisfaction

Ninety-three percent of our patients and their families will recommend the Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation – Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation to others. Patients say it is the personal care and professional guidance of our team that inspires them to maximize their experience here, which may be the reason our satisfaction scores are in the top 10% in America.

Number of Persons Served

From January 1 to December 31, 2023, Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation – Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation discharged 959 patients delivering 13,324 days of patient care with an average length of stay of 13.92 days.

Ages of person serviced are 18 and older:

18 to 40 years old:50
41 to 65 years old:210
66 to 85 years old:563

Disposition at Discharge/Transition/Effectiveness of the Program

Discharge HomeCenter for Inpatient Rehab – 78.62% National Average – 72.77%
Return to Acute CareCenter for Inpatient Rehab – 7.61%National Average – 12.50%

Functional Gains

Functional GainsCenter for Inpatient Rehab National Average
***Functional Gains in activities of daily living and motor recovery


Conditions and Diagnosis Served

*The case mix of impairment groups served by Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation are listed below.*

Rehab ConditionsCenter for Inpatient Rehab NumberCenter for Inpatient Rehab %Nation %
Traumatic Brain Injury535.52%4.35%
Non-Traumatic Brain Injury11311.78%8.24%
Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury90.93%1.88%
Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury535.52%5.72%
Fractured Lower Extremity788.13%7.84%
Replacement LE40.41%2.19%
Other Orthopedic727.50%6.06%
Amputation, Lower Extremity282.91%3.16%
Major Multiple Trauma, no Brain or Spinal Cord Injury778.02%3.27%
Major Multiple Trauma, with Brain or Spinal Cord Injury212.18%2.11%
Gulliain-Barre8 0.83% 0.53%
Medically Complex119 12.40% 13.58%

Your treatment team includes:

  • You and your Family
  • Nurse
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Dietitian
  • Chaplain


On the rehabilitation unit, an interdisciplinary team model is utilized. The process is naturally a collaborative effort, which places you and your family in the center of the healthcare team.

This type of team includes individuals from various disciplines who practice the skills of their discipline to reach a common patient goal together. Team members work collectively and are engaged in problem solving beyond the boundaries of their own discipline. They meet regularly to discuss your progress and adjust the plan of care to meet the needs of you and your family.

This provides a comprehensive, consistent, non-fragmented treatment approach and promotes effective outcomes for you.

Your rehabilitation team includes a physiatrist, nurses, a psychologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech/language pathologist, a case manager, a dietitian, a chaplain, an educator, an admission liaison and your family.

For more complex rehabilitation, you can take advantage of all the latest medical technologies like the bio-feedback program, which enables you to watch a computer screen and play a game as you create new brain pathways at the same time.

Armeo Spring

Armeo Spring

The Armeo Spring is a single-arm exoskeleton that enables patients with even the slightest movements in their arm to participate in active therapy. Focused on repetitive motion, the Armeo Spring offers arm weight support so patients can focus on strengthening their arm motion and grasp strength with varying levels of support based on their functional strength. The Armeo Spring does this by immersing the patient in interactive games with a full 3-D range of motion to keep therapy fun and engaging.

Because the Armeo Spring is self-initiated, it helps promote patient independence as they move through their recovery journey. As a patient advances in rehabilitation, they require less clinician supervision and can take more ownership of their goals and achievements. The Armeo Spring is highly modular and customizable, with adjustable resistance levels and screen workspace depending on patient needs.

Bioness L300 Foot Drop System

The L300 Foot Drop System is a revolutionary medical device that may help you regain mobility and independence. The system’s gait sensor adapts to changes in walking speed and terrain, allowing you to walk easily on stairs, grass and carpet. Comfortably worn under most clothing, the L300 Foot Drop System’s unique design can help you eliminate the need for a rigid ankle-foot orthosis (AFO), or braces, and may reduce the risk of falls and injuries.

ZeroG systems

ZeroG is a dynamic body weight support system that lets patients conduct a wide variety of therapies without the fear of falling. It works by supporting patients through a harness system connected to a mounted overhead robot.  ZeroG aims to ease fear and anxiety to enable patients to remain focused on therapy outcomes. It achieves this by protecting the patient from falls by preventing them from happening, as well as giving patient overhead dynamic support to perform any functional tasks they wish to improve upon.



The Xcite is an extremely unique task-based functional electrical stimulation (FES) for gross and fine motor training. With on-screen cues and wireless remote control, the Xcite provides sequenced stimulation for common activities such as grasping a pen and writing, brushing teeth, using a fork or spoon to eat, or rising to a standing position from a seated position. It also provides stimulation cycles for targeted exercises in the hands, arms, and legs.


RT3 Machine

The RT300 is an arm and leg cycle that uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to generate muscle contractions to simulate functional movements. Through custom stimulation programs, the RT300 enables comfortable exercise to strengthen up to 16 muscle groups in target areas on all extremities. As a patient gains muscle strength and control, additional programs can be added to offer an even more strengthening and engaging therapy experience.

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality

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Oculus Rift is a Virtual Reality simulator that allows patients to simulate real life therapies and functions.

LiteGait System

The LiteGait is a system that can quickly bring a patient from sitting in a wheelchair to a full standing position over a treadmill.

How is inpatient rehabilitation different from a skilled nursing facility?

The differences between inpatient rehabilitation and a skilled nursing facility are the level of medical care, the coordination of care and the intensity of rehab therapies offered. Patients in an inpatient rehabilitation facility are seen by the physicians daily, the nurse to patient ratio is the same as in the acute care hospital and each patient has a weekly meeting to set goals and plan for the return home. Regardless of your specific needs, you can rest assured that an entire team of specialists will work together to create a care plan that caters to your goals and your needs, so that you can get back to what you love most as quickly as possible.

What will my day be like?

Each patient has an individualized, planned pathway to recovery and receive a minimum of three hours of therapy a day. Generally, therapy treatments begin after breakfast and continues to lunch, Monday through Friday. Afternoon therapy treatment continues until approximately 4:00 pm. During evenings and on the weekends, patients have time for resting, visiting with friends and family, watching TV, reading, etc.

What should I bring with me?

  • Patients are advised to bring a list of their medications, but please do not bring medications from home, unless otherwise requested. This policy assures safety for all patients due to possible incompatibility of certain medications, vitamins and supplements.
  • Dentures with adhesive, hearing aids with batteries, eyeglasses or contact lenses, if needed.
  • Patients are encouraged to bring personal items such as pictures, reading materials, leisure time items, laptop computers, iPod or MP3 players and/or portable CD/DVD players.
  • 3 to 5 outfits including sweatpants or shorts, t-shirt, sweater or jacket, shoes (closed heels and rubber soles), undergarments and belts.
  • Patients do not need to bring any equipment such as walkers, canes or wheelchairs. We will provide for any specialized needs the patient may have while in our care.

What are the visiting hours?

Family and friends who will be providing care to you after discharge are highly encouraged to attend and participate in therapy sessions throughout your stay for family training and education. For those visitors who will not be a caregiver following discharge, we encourage you to visit between 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm, to avoid interrupting therapy schedules. Children are welcome to visit but must be under adult supervision at all times. Due to the dietary restrictions of many of our patients, please check with nursing staff before bringing outside food into the hospital.

Can my family stay with me overnight?

Yes, this is generally arranged prior to admission through the nurse liaison. One guest over the age of 18 will be a primary caregiver, able to care for themselves and participate in learning patient care. Overnight visitors will be issued an “Overnight Visitor” badge and will be able to use the fold out sofas available in most rooms for their convenience and comfort.

When are meals served?

Meals are served in your room or scheduled with therapists and served in day rooms or the therapy gym. Traditional meal times are 7:30 am, 12:15 pm and 5:00 pm. Food and drinks from home may be allowed. Please check with your nurse and speech therapist for restrictions. Nursing aids collect meal selections as circled on your ticket. Meals are ordered one day in advance. Standard meals come the first two days of your rehabilitation stay and pantry items are available for patients to prepare in their rooms.

When will I find out my discharge date?

You will know your anticipated discharge date after your first team conference. However, your discharge date can change if circumstances or progress changes.

What if I need medical equipment after I am discharged?

Your primary physical therapist and occupational therapist will coordinate any medical equipment you may need upon discharge. Our Durable Medical Equipment Coordinator, your therapists, case manager or the DME company will let you know if there are any out of pocket costs which must be paid at time of delivery. Typically equipment is delivered to your room the day before discharge.

What are the expectations of caregivers?

Caregivers are expected to attend and encouraged to participate in patient care. Some tasks will require caregiver training first. The earlier caregiver training begins, the better prepared they will be at the time of discharge.

Can my service dog stay with me?

If appropriate paperwork is provided service dogs are permitted. You are responsible for the care of your service dog while in the Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation.

Am I allowed to leave the Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation with a caregiver?

Upon approval from your physician, you are permitted to visit other designated areas of the hospital. Before leaving the unit you will be required to sign out at the nursing secretary’s desk so that physicians and staff know where to find you if needed.

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Meet Your Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation Team

Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation Doctors

Jorge A. Perez Lopez, MD
Jorge A. Perez Lopez, MD

Dr. Lopez is certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He graduated from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico and completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas Medical School at Houston Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Alliance in Houston, Texas. He has received numerous academic honors, which include receiving the Professionalism Award from Baylor College, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Medical School and graduating Cum Laude from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico.

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Ivy Garcia, MD
Ivy Garcia, MD

Ivy Garcia, MD is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She graduated from the Universidad Autonoma De Centro America in San Jose, Costa Rica and completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Garcia went on to become medical director of both the Kansas Medical Center Inpatient Unit, as well as the Consult Service and received the Faculty Award of Excellence from the University of Kansas Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Prior to coming to Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation – Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation Dr. Garcia worked in the post-acute setting. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Ivy Garcia, MD will be joins Jorge Perez, MD and Meghan Cochrane, MD at Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation – Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation, a 40-bed state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation center, to serve a wide variety of rehabilitation patients. As the area’s only Level II Trauma Center and designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, the Halifax Health and Brooks Rehabilitation joint venture provides patients with spinal cord, stroke, traumatic brain, amputee, and complex orthopedic injuries, long term rehabilitation care close to home.

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Eugene J. Rankin, PhD
Eugene J. Rankin, PhD

Licensed by the American Board of Professional Psychology and the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Ranking has clinical responsibilities that include evaluating, treating and planning for neuropsychological services within the inpatient stroke and brain injury rehabilitation program. Consultation and liaison with Associate Medical Directors within each rehabilitative service team, as well as collaboration with community referring physicians and rehabilitation personnel. Services included brief and extended neuropsychological evaluations, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and behavioral interventions addressing emotional and behavioral sequelae of central nervous system insults.

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At Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation, our team works collectively and regularly adjust the plan of care to meet the needs of you and your family.