According to the American Hospital Association, there are only about 40 freestanding children's rehabilitation, specialty and convalescent hospitals, including 16 short-term care facilities and 24 long-term care facilities.
In addition to these specialty centers, some hospitals offer children ongoing therapy for muscle tone development, motor development, strength, endurance, range of motion, sensory motor skills, communication, language and feeding. But three leaders for children's rehabilitation services are:
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation, Cleveland, Ohio
Shriners Hospital for Children, Multiple cities
With locations in cities across the country, Shriners is internationally acclaimed for its innovative research and teaching programs dedicated to improving the lives of children suffering burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate and orthopedic conditions. Shriners rehabilitation hospitals are known for providing free care to children and their families and are located in Boston; Cincinnati; Galveston, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; Philadelphia; Chicago and other cities. Unlike some rehabilitation hospitals that treat both adults and children, Shriners hospitals are focused exclusively on children and are affiliated with prominent teaching hospitals across the country including Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and Marquette University in Milwaukee. The hospitals also appeared among the top 10 "best-liked charities" in the country, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy poll.
And Children's Institute of Pittsburgh/The Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn.
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