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Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is a community collaboration between two of the largest and most well respected health care organizations in Indiana: Indiana University Health and St. Vincent Health.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana provides personalized, compassionate care that enables individuals to regain hope and independence after life-changing injury or illness.

Opened in 1992, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is the largest freestanding rehabilitation provider in Indiana, co-founded and co-owned by IU Health and St. Vincent Health systems. RHI provides acute inpatient rehabilitation with a 91-bed facility, in addition to managing the 20-bed St. Vincent Indianapolis Acute Rehabilitation Unit, outpatient and community reintegration services for adults with brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and other disabling conditions. Accredited by both The Joint Commission (TJC) and by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), RHI is dedicated to assisting individuals in achieving their highest potential with a strong commitment to the values of respect, independence, quality care, innovation, and service to the community.

RHI’s main campus includes a 12,000 square foot therapy gym with advanced equipment, and practice living areas, including kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry facility, car and pool. The Transitional Living Unit (in-hospital apartment) allows RHI patients to practice independent living activities required for successful transition to home. The RHI Enabling and Healing Garden offers a large outdoor space for therapeutic horticulture, and relaxation for patients, families and their guests.

Indiana University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IU PM&R) physicians provide services at RHI through over 17,000 outpatient visits each year. RHI Specialized Outpatient Clinics focus on brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke rehabilitation including Vestibular and Balance Program, Vision and Optometry Program, Adaptive Driving Program, plus Wheelchair Seating and Positioning. RHI outpatient services are also provided in Carmel and northwest Indianapolis.

Under the direction of Dr. Lance Trexler, the RHI-NeuroRehabilitation Center offers comprehensive outpatient brain injury and neuropsychological evaluation and treatment services. Resource facilitation services for community reintegration are provided with grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Patients, families and caregivers find support from others who have sustained similar disabilities through the Peer Support and Counseling Program directed by Dr. Samantha Backhaus. Other RHI programs to support community reintegration and independence include the Brain Injury Coping Skills Program, the Couples Care Program, the Patient and Family Education Program, and the Community Re-entry Program.


A world class research program developed in collaboration with IU PM&R keeps rehabilitation at RHI on the leading edge. Fourteen current research programs representing more than $4 million in external funding are currently investigating topics ranging from medication management to enhance early recovery, to methods to manage irritability and aggression after brain injury, to state-of-the-art measurement of rehabilitation outcomes. In 2010 to 2011, RHI researchers published 40 articles in professional journals, made up to 100 professional presentations, and received several prestigious awards including the William H. Caveness Award for Research in Brain Injury from the Brain Injury Association of America (Flora Hammond, MD), the Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation (James F. Malec, PhD) and a Mary Switzer Research Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Dawn Neumann, PhD). The Center for Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging, and Neuroscience (CBRAIN) in collaboration with the IU Center for Neuroimaging is exploring the use of advanced neuroimaging in neurorehabilitation representing one of several ongoing research projects with Indiana University and Purdue University.

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
4141 Shore Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46254
(317) 329-2000

RHI Community Wellness Program: The community wellness program offers fitness resources for the disability community in central Indiana. The RHI main campus and Carmel outpatient gymnasiums have adapted exercise equipment and on-site staff.


RHI has an extensive sports program offering physical challenges and adventure for people with disabilities in a safe, skilled and supportive environment. RHI runs community programs in tennis, basketball, and rugby, adventures in downhill skiing, canoeing, and water sports to break the barriers to participation for people with disabilities. Many of these programs are integrated into the community programs and schools further supporting community integration.

For more information on RHI visit us at, call (317) 329-2000,

Written in collaboration with the editors of Rehab Management.