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For those who have suffered from an event that prevents them from living their daily lives normally, such as an injury or illness, rehabilitation can be just as critical as the right diagnosis and treatment.

Thanks in large part to philanthropy, rehabilitation was the very first center of excellence at St. Jude Medical Center. Today, thanks to continued community support toward expansion and enhancement of rehabilitation services, St. Jude is recognized as a national leader in the field — attracting patients from across Southern California and beyond.

The opening of St. Jude’s donor-supported Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness in 2008 accelerated the program’s growth, offering features such as a therapy gym, therapy pools, outpatient neuro-rehabilitation area and chronic pain program. Recent contributions to the program have funded everything from new technology and equipment to educational opportunities for clinical staff to advance their skills and knowledge or participate in evidence-based research programs.

As a result of the community’s investment, St. Jude offers one of most comprehensive and innovative rehabilitation programs in Southern California, a recognition evidenced by the hospital’s recent accreditation by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). Only about 44 of California’s 341 hospitals meet CARF’s standards for inpatient rehabilitation accreditation. Even less — just 19 California hospitals — offer an accredited comprehensive outpatient program.

How few in California?

  • St. Jude is 1 of only 3 hospitals to earn accreditation in Stroke Recovery,
  • 1 of only 6 hospitals to earn accreditation in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation, and
  • 1 of only 15 hospitals to earn accreditation in Brain Injury Recovery for adults and adolescents

“We are grateful for donors past and present whose gifts have helped countless patients rebuild their lives and reclaim their independence through rehabilitation,” says Eugene Kim, MD, Chief Medical Officer, St. Jude Medical Center. “As we expand into new specialty areas, that partnership will continue to be vital to the pursuit of excellence and innovation, now and into the future.”

To learn more about supporting our world-class rehabilitation programs, please call the Foundation at (714) 992-3033.