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Ohio State is a state and national leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, located in Columbus, Ohio, is home to Ohio State’s inpatient rehabilitation program.

For more than 50 years, Ohio State has forged a tradition of excellence in physical rehabilitation by providing the highest quality care to people with disabling or debilitating injuries and conditions. Ohio State rehabilitation specialists can help individuals regain function and independence when faced with challenges related to:

If you or a family member is interested in being admitted to Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services, contact Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services.

The Nation’s Best Right Here in Central Ohio: Accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), Ohio State’s rehabilitation program meets the nation’s highest standards of quality, safely and outcome measures

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs that are CARF-accredited include:

  • Brain Injury Specialty Program
  • Spinal Cord Injury System of Care
  • Stroke Specialty Program
  • Cancer Rehabilitation Program
  • Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (Adults)

Ohio State's program is distinguished as:

  • First in Ohio, second in the nation, third in the world to be awarded CARF accreditation for our inpatient cancer rehabilitation program
  • First in Ohio and third in the country to be awarded CARF accreditation for our inpatient stroke program
  • One of 16 centers in the country with a model program for treatment and research of rehabilitation following brain injury, the Ohio Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Here’s what makes Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services so special

Leadership: Since 1963, Ohio State has led state and national rehabilitation initiatives, utilizing treatment standards that have shortened hospital stays, restored independence and enhanced the quality of life for patients across the country.

A Team of Experts: Each patient’s care team is created from Ohio State’s expert care providers: board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists), physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation psychologists, recreation therapists, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, social workers, consultation with other specialists, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and cardiologists and others dedicated to the person’s well-being.

Personalized Care: Ohio State’s team of specialists combines state-of-the-art treatments with personalized care to meet each patient's unique and changing needs and goals.

Care that Doesn’t Quit: Each patient’s journey to improved function, wellness and independence is supported with excellent care, comprehensive discharge services that ease transition to the next level of care and ongoing outpatient services.

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Explore what Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital has to offer for your inpatient rehabilitation needs. 

What to Expect

Learn more about what to expect during your stay at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital. 

Our Services

Our Services

Our Services

Amputee Rehabilitation

We’re here to meet your physical and emotional needs resulting from a loss of limb due to accident, illness, birth defect or cancer.

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Assistive Technology Services

We provide you with customized assistance for physical, cognitive or sensory disabilities.

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Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program

We’re a leader in rehabilitative care for traumatic and nontraumatic brain injuries.

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Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Our team of experts helps you and your family confront challenges related to the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer.

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Community Re-entry Program

We help you learn the skills you need to maximize your independence.

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Neuro Vision Rehabilitation Services

If you experience vision loss or impairment, our expert care will help you achieve the highest level of function.

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Orthopedic Rehabilitation

We treat a wide variety of muscular, skeletal and orthopedic conditions.

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Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders Rehabilitation

Our team provides you with specialized rehabilitation for your movement disorder.

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Rehabilitation Psychology

Our experts focus on behavioral and psychological treatment if you’re coping with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability.

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Spasticity Management

We provide you with comprehensive care to manage spasticity and various dystonias.

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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

We’re here to help you manage the total or partial loss of sensation, movement or function due to spinal cord injury or disease.

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Stroke Rehabilitation Program

We are experts in comprehensive, rehabilitative care if you’ve experienced a stroke.

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Swallowing Evaluation and Treatment Services

We develop a personalized treatment plan for you to help you eat safely and get proper nutrition.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Network

Our outpatient treatment helps adults dealing with both a brain injury and drug or alcohol abuse.

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Vestibular (Balance) Disorders Rehabilitation

Our team is specially trained and certified in evaluating and treating your dizziness and balance disorders.

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Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinics

We provide custom wheelchair and seating solutions to improve your mobility, productivity and quality of life.

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Admissions at Dodd Hall

Admissions Criteria

The Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services admissions team will review the consult/referral form and evaluate your medical, clinical and psychosocial status, as well as your current insurance benefits, to ensure you meet the requirements for successful rehabilitation.

You may be considered a candidate for admission if:

  • You have had an illness, injury or recurrence of a disease process
  • You are medically stable and have a determined course of treatment
  • You require 24-hour skilled rehabilitation nursing care and daily Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician management of your complex medical and functional needs
  • You would benefit from admission to a comprehensive medical rehabilitation program offering immediate access to life support services, consulting specialists or diagnostic testing
  • You are able to actively participate in an intense level of rehabilitation services, ordinarily consisting of at least two of the following services: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and/or orthotic/prosthetic services, three or more hours per day, five days a week
  • Your length of stay is based on your functional and medical goals. Length of stay may vary depending on each individual's rehabilitation program.
  • You demonstrate the potential for significant practical improvement in function as the result of participation in intensive therapies in the following areas:
    • Mobility
    • Self-care
    • Activities of daily living
    • Independent living skills
    • Bowel and bladder management
    • Swallowing
    • Communication
    • Cognition
    • Behavior
    • Adjustment to disability
  • You demonstrate the potential for discharge into the community after rehabilitation

In addition, your family or support system is willing to:

  • Participate in the inpatient rehabilitation treatment plan of care
  • Agree to abide by the policies and procedures of Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services and Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center
  • Be involved in goal-setting, ongoing treatment, modification of the treatment plan and follow-up care at all levels

Financial Information

Please let our Admissions staff know if you have any special financial needs. Our Patient Financial Services staff can help patients and families understand and apply for a variety of financial resources. These may include:

  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Victims of Crime
  • Bureau of Motor Vehicles Claims Program
  • Hospital Care Assurance Program

Recommended Insurance Information

  • Current insurance card with policy and telephone number
  • Name, address, telephone number of employer
  • Medicare identification card (if applicable)
  • Public assistance card (if eligible for Medicaid, ADC or General Relief)
  • A copy of your healthcare power of attorney or living will, if you have one

Contact Us:

Patient Financial Services
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Preparing for Your Stay

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Rehabilitation team is here to ensure that you and your family have the resources and information you need to be prepared for your hospital stay. 

Personal Items and Clothing

Dressing is an important skill in rehabilitation. You need to wear casual clothes that are lightweight and comfortable, such as sports clothing. Please write your name on all clothing (inside tags) with a permanent marker.

Checklist of Suggested Personal Items:

  • Slacks, sweatpants or jeans (4-5 changes)
  • Blouses/shirts (4-5 changes)
  • Night wear (4-5 changes)
  • Undergarments (4-5 changes)
  • Shoes with non-skid soles
  • Jacket, sweater or coat
  • Special equipment (currently used)
  • Medication (currently taken)

Please avoid bringing valuable items and money to reduce security risks.


Each nursing unit has a washer and dryer that can be used free of charge.

During Your Stay


All patients at Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services are asked to sign in and sign out when leaving and returning to the unit. Nursing staff may use an electronic security system for patients at risk of wandering. Remote surveillance cameras are located at the front and rear entrances of the building and the Ernest W. Johnson Park. Doors are locked after visiting hours by security staff. For the safety of our patients, any visitor creating a disturbance or violating Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center policy will be escorted from the building.

How to Handle a Complaint or Ethical Violation

Treating patients with respect, dignity and compassion, while providing quality care, are mainstays of the Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services tradition. Your satisfaction is important to us. If you have any concerns or complaints while at Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services, we ask that you please follow the steps listed below so we can respond promptly and appropriately:

Step 1

  • For concerns relating to nursing care, talk to the Charge Nurse on your unit
  • For concerns relating to therapy services, talk to the Primary Therapist on your team
  • You will receive a response within eight hours

Step 2

If the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction:

  • Talk to the Nurse Manager on your unit for nursing concerns
  • Talk to the Rehabilitation Services Manager on your service for therapy concerns
  • You will receive a verbal response to your concerns with 24 hours

Step 3

If further assistance or clarification is needed:

  • Contact the director of rehabilitation nursing (614-293-4734)
  • Contact the director of rehabilitation services (614-293-5275)
  • A written and verbal response will be provided within 48 hours
  • Please feel free to contact the Patient Experience Department at 614-293-8944

Guardianship and Advocacy

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Social Work assists patients and families who have special need for protective services, such as guardianship, patient advocacy, legal services, conservatorship and child or adult protective services. Social workers and case managers link patients to community resources, disability awareness activities and support groups.

Additionally, when there is an unresolved concern about patient abuse, neglect or a patient’s property in the facility, the Department of Social Work can provide information regarding the patient's rights to file a complaint with state survey and certification agencies.

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Department of Social Work
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) 

The ADA was established by Congress to ensure that individuals with disabilities are treated without discrimination. Issues addressed include public housing and barriers to accessibility. The social worker assigned to your team can provide specific information about your rights under the law. 

Resources for Your Family

At Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services, successful rehabilitation is a team effort and your family will play an important role in your therapy. Overnight accommodations for families are available at a discounted rate. If you are interested, please contact the Department of Social Work at 614-293-8427.

Visit our patient and visitor guide for more information on places to stay and visitor information.

Specializations & Certifications

Specializations & Certifications

The care team at Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services holds a variety of specializations and certifications. These prestigious honors demonstrate our team members’ level of expertise and commitment to excellence in the care of our rehabilitation patients.

At Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services, your care team will be formed from these experts to work with you and your family. Together, you and your team will create and implement a treatment plan that helps you reach your highest potential and level of independence.

Our rehabilitation experts come together from many disciplines to meet your needs: physical medicine, neurology, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and more than 60 other areas.

Specialized Treatments

Beckman Oral Motor: Interventions developed for individuals who have impaired cognitive skills or motor skills and are unable to follow verbal commands for oral movement. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Program has several speech language pathologists (SPLs) certified to use this method to provide assisted movement to activate muscle contraction and movement against resistance to build strength.

Fiber Optic Endoscope Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES): A specialized test using a small camera inserted through the nose to the throat to evaluate a swallowing problem and determine the safest diet.

Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBS): A specialized test which uses a moving X-ray to determine a swallowing problem and the safest diet for the patient. 

Myofascial Release for Swallowing Disorders: Technique involving applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

VitalStim™ Therapy: The only FDA cleared treatment approach that successfully combines neuromuscular electro-stimulation and traditional swallowing strategies.

Iowa Oral Performance Instrument (IOPI): A specialized instrument that provides an objective way to measure tongue and lip strength and endurance. 

Neuro Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (Neuro IFRAH):  A functional therapy intended for patients who are affected by lesions at the level of the brain stem and above.  It takes into account any variables that affect the patient and then all aspects of rehabilitation and habilitation are personalized to meet the patient’s needs.

LSVT® BIG: A treatment program that has been documented to improve major motor skills in individuals with Parkinson's disease. The BIG program is used for rehabilitating major motor skills, such as walking, limb movement and balance.

Upper Extremity Bioness® (Ness H200): A medical device that uses low-level electrical stimulation to activate muscle groups in the hand and forearm. It provides individuals who have hand paralysis due to brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury or stroke the ability to grasp and release objects while performing ordinary activities.

Lower Extremity Bioness® (Ness L300): A medical device that uses low-level electrical stimulation to activate muscle groups in the lower leg. It provides individuals who have drop foot due to brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury or stroke the ability to activate nerves and muscles that lift the foot, improving the ability to walk.

Walk-Aide: An FDA-approved medical device that uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve walking ability for people living with foot drop (unable to lift the front part of the foot), due to brain tumor, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS) spinal cord injury, stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Restorative Therapies Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike (RT300): Medical equipment that stimulates the nerves connecting the spinal cord to your muscles, allowing patients with spinal cord injury, neurologic impairment or stroke the ability to improve functional movements.

Vista Medical FSA Rehab Pressure Mapping System:  A system that measures the pressure between two surfaces, typically the patient and his chair, wheelchair or bed, allowing therapists and physicians objective information to guide seating and positioning equipment options.

Cervico-genic Vestibular Training: Intensive training concerning the brain and the treatments used to help those with dizziness and balance issues.


Credentialed Clinical Instructor for Physical Therapy: Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in planning and preparation of physical therapy students during clinical education, development of skills for performance evaluations and other student management skills.

Neurologic Specialist Certification (NCS): Specialty certification from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognizing clinicians advanced practice or training in the areas of neurologic physical therapy and specializing in treatment of individual’s movement disorders due to disease or injury of the nervous system.

American Physical Therapist Association (APTA) Neurology Section Member: Members of this organization promote advancement in quality neurologic physical therapy through professional collaboration and mentorship opportunities. 

Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S): Certification speech language pathologists (SLP s) earn through clinical practice specializing in dysphagia, education and personal distinction.

Registered MBSImP (MBS Impairment Profile) Clinician:  Evidence-based, standardized method for assessing and scoring Modified Barium Swallow study in adults 

Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS) Certification: Therapy using 11 specific stimulation techniques in the oral/pharyngeal areas. It has proven to improve or restore oral/pharyngeal muscle strength, endurance and pharyngeal reflex functions necessary for swallowing.

VitalStim® Therapy Certification: This is the only FDA-cleared approach that successfully combines neuromuscular electrical stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques.

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS): Recognizes experienced professionals working in brain injury services. Annual renewal of the certification is based on meeting continuing education requirements.

Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) Certification: Recognizes professionals who have reached an internationally accepted standard of knowledge in assistive technology.

Quality & Outcomes

Quality & Outcomes

Helping you achieve your highest level of health and function is our goal at Ohio State’s Rehabilitation Services. Our team sets personalized goals for each patient and creates a treatment plan unique to your needs.

As we strive to provide you with the best possible care, Ohio State’s Rehabilitation Services measures key indicators that show our patients’ satisfaction and level of improvement.

Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services measures are compared to national standards, such as the discharge to home rate and Functional Independence Measures (FIM™). FIM evaluates improvement in activities of daily living, such as self-care, mobility and communication.

Learn more about our inpatient outcomes measures.


Several Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Rehabilitation Services as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.

Ohio State’s program is distinguished as:

  • First in Ohio, second in the nation, third in the world to be awarded CARF accreditation for our inpatient cancer rehabilitation program
  • First in Ohio and third in the country to be awarded CARF accrditation for our inpatient stroke program 
  • First accredited brain injury program in the state
  • One of 16 centers in the country with a model program for treatment and research of rehabilitation following brain injury, the Ohio Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs that are CARF-accredited include:

  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
  • Spinal Cord Injury System of Care
  • Stroke Specialty Program
  • Cancer Rehabilitation Program
  • Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (Adults)

The Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs that are CARF-accredited include:

  • Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (Adults)
  • Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults)
  • Spinal Cord System of Care (Adults)

Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services organizations. CARF accreditation is an important way for patients to identify quality treatment for rehabilitation and other health and human services. By choosing our CARF-accredited program you are assured that we have been surveyed and passed a rigorous on-site inspection by CARF.

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Ohio State's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation conducts rehabilitation research on topics that are highly relevant to the lives of the patients we serve. We constantly strive to improve our rehabilitation methods by developing and evaluating new assessment tools and interventions.

Feedback from patients and the Ohio Valley Center Advisory Council is used to direct our research efforts to areas considered to be most important by our consumers. To this end, the department has developed lines of research targeting traumatic brain injury and motion disorders.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A national leader in brain injury research, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of only 16 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems in the country for research on treatment of patients who experience TBI. Since 1987, we have studied the lifelong effects of severe TBI and played a pivotal role in improving care standards and treatments for TBI patients. 

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Motion Disorders

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory is the only lab in central Ohio to offer motion analysis for adults with walking difficulties. Our Motion Analysis and Recovery Lab, one of the few nationally to offer clinical evaluations as well as to conduct research, analyzes the way human movement is coordinated in order to optimize rehabilitation for people with motion disorders. 

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Our Rehabilitation Providers
Our Team

Our Team

If you or a family member is interested in being admitted to Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services, contact Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Services Admissions Office at 614-293-3824. 

Ohio State also provides nationally recognized and accredited rehabilitation services in outpatient settings throughout central Ohio. Learn more about all of our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services.  

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