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When choosing rehabilitation care for yourself or your loved one, there are many factors to consider. It is important to ask questions about what is most important to you and your family on the journey toward recovery.

Each year, thousands of individuals travel great distances to entrust their lives and hopes with us. At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, we want you to choose the best possible care for yourself or your loved one. No distance is too far, and we are ready to help you with your travel plans. Before you make your choice, here are some things to consider when choosing a rehabilitation facility.

#1 Rehabilitation Hospital

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For 29 years, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) has been the #1 rehabilitation hospital by U.S. News and World Report, recognized as a leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The independent news organization, which analyzes data for more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions, has declared Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to be the number 1 hospital in its field every year since 1991. Each day, patients travel thousands of miles knowing that no distance is too far to receive care from the best rehabilitation facility.

Best Rehabilitation Hospital Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Center for Excellence, Superior Care & Outcomes

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Each patient's personalized care team consists of the field's foremost rehabilitation doctors, nurses, therapists, care managers and clinical specialists. As a nationally recognized Center for Excellence, we deliver results that exceed national and regional averages across all of our areas of specialty, and we care for more than 50,000 adult and pediatric patients from across the globe annually.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) where you will find a superior level of care and outcomes than a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or long-term acute care hospital (LTACH). Our outcomes are a result of our efforts, as our stroke patients travel 6 times farther in a one-hour therapy session compared to Skilled Nursing Facilities. To learn more about the numbers, visit sralab.org/stroke-numbers.

First-Ever Translational Hospital

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In 2017, we opened the doors to our new facility at 355 E. Erie St., marking the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying research in real time. In this new model of translational medicine, patients remain the center of the focus, with researchers and clinicians working together with one goal: better, faster outcomes.

Specially Designed Care & Services

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Not all inpatient rehabilitation facilities are the same. There are differences in levels of experience, the quality of patient care, and the sophistication of the technologies and therapies used. With the latest technology and services on hand, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is able to accommodate all levels of care. We have a Medical Advanced Care Unit (MAC-U), diagnostic suite, custom prosthetics and orthotics services available on-site, vocational therapy, and supportive services available to our patients and caregivers in our flagship location.

Learn about our Innovation Centers, unique areas of care focused on leveraging expertise to promote healing

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We treat people of all ages and from around the world with a range of impairments, from complex conditions like brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke, to more common ailments such as arthritis and sports injuries. For answers to any of your questions, give us call at 312-238-1000, or complete the form below.

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