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The Rehabilitation Center of Alhambra Hospital Medical Center

The Rehabilitation Center of Alhambra Hospital Medical Center opened in October 1993 under the direction of Dr. Chung Hsu Lue. Since that time, we have continued to strive to provide each of our patients with the best quality rehabilitative care. Our team serves those who are suffering from physical, psychosocial, and/or loss of communication following a stroke or other disabling condition. Our team approach has benefited over 4,500 patients since 1993.

In 2012, the Rehabilitation Center won the "TOP Performer Award" from Uniform Data Systems (UDS) for the 6th consecutive year.

UDS evaluates over 790 Rehab Centers nationwide on their services and outcomes every year. Only eleven centers across the country received the "TOP Performer Award" for six consecutive years. This award is based on patient improvement and discharge statistics.

We are proud to be one of only eleven hospitals nationwide to have received this award for six consecutive years.

Most Frequently Asked Questions About Our Intensive Rehabilitation Program

Who Benefits from The Intense Rehabilitation Program?


A rehabilitation program greatly benefits patients who experience difficulties with limitations in self-care: impaired mobility, balance and coordination; changes in memory, thought processing, reasoning, rational thinking, speech and communication problems; and swallowing disorders. These functional difficulties may be the result of stroke, hip fractures, amputations, neurological disorders (such as Parkinson's Disease), Muscular Dystrophy, or spinal cord and brain injuries.

Who Makes Up the Rehab Team?


The Treatment Team includes Physical, Occupational and Speech therapists; a social worker; and 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care. In addition, the team is under the direction of our Medical Director, Chung Hsu Lue, MD, who is a Psychiatrist and specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Adjunct members of the team include a Psychiatrist and Psychologist.

What is the Role of the Medical Director?


Medical Director Chung Hsu Lue, M.D. — a psychiatrist specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation — leads the interdisciplinary team, coordinates the medical treatment patients receive, coordinates the various components of the program, and maintains the overall quality of services.

How Does a Rehabilitation Nurse Help?


Nurses specializing in rehabilitation provide standard nursing care in addition to helping patients relearn how to carry out the basic activities of daily living. They also educate patients about routine healthcare, such as how to follow a medication schedule, how to care for the skin, and how to manage transfers between a bed and a wheelchair. Nurses are closely involved in helping patients manage personal care issues, such as bathing and controlling incontinence. Under the supervision of Nurse Manager Sally Chi, CCRN, the rehabilitation nurses work with patients in achieving maximum independence and work with the families in providing them instruction to care for the patient at home.

How Do Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy Help?


Our teams of therapists provide an intense coordinated program of therapeutic activities designed to improve strength, mobility and communication activity, and independence in self-care activities and safety in the home. Each individual therapist has specialized training and skills in the management of different aspects of human functionality, and they work together to help our patients achieve maximum independence.

Patients participate in 3 hours of therapy 5-6 times per week. All patients receive Physical and Occupational Therapy. Additionally, Speech Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, and Psychology services are available as needed. We make every effort to customize your loved one's care so that upon discharge, both the patient and the family feel prepared for the transition home. One way we do this is by performing home assessments prior to discharge: the clinical staff goes with the patient to their home and assesses if there are any suggestions we can offer to make the home environment safer.

How Can I Pay for a Rehabilitation Program?


Most insurance can cover an acute rehabilitation stay. Medicare may cover all or part of a rehab stay. Standard federal rules relating to your individual available hospital days apply. Private insurance and managed care payment are based on contractual agreements between the hospital and each provider. Our case managers and financial counselor can assist you with determining your payment options.

How Can I Get Myself or My Loved One Referred to Your Rehabilitation Program?


Referrals can be initiated by physicians, patients and their families, discharge planners, and allied health professionals. If you would like a tour of our Rehabilitation Unit, please feel free to call us at (626) 458-4767 to set up an appointment.