Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program Scope Of Care

Spinal Cord Injury: over 40 years of exceptional care and rehabilitation

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More Patients. More Experience. Better Outcomes.

Following a spinal cord injury, the ability to return home and to the community with the highest degree of lifelong independence possible -with a minimized risk for secondary complications - is closely related to initial inpatient rehabilitation. That's why we make sure the rehab experience is as effective and valuable as it can be through a combination of staff, experience, expertise and scope of services that are unmatched on the West Coast and the surrounding region.

Why More Experience Matters

Since the Rehabilitation Center began treating individuals with spinal cord injuries in 1941, thousands of men, women, adolescents and children have trusted us with their care. Each year an average of 150 people receive inpatient rehab for SCI in a specialized, 30-bed unit dedicated to spinal cord injury care. These high numbers of patients translate directly into more experience across all aspects of rehabilitation, which, in turn, helps create better patient outcomes including much higher than average discharge-to-home statistics and functional gains right after leaving the Rehabilitation Center and over time

An Exceptional Team of Rehab Specialists

The Rehabilitation Center at SCVMC is staffed with more SCI-boarded physicians than any other rehab center on the West Coast. The health professionals who make up our multidisciplinary team of nurses, therapists, social workers, case managers, psychologists, and other physician specialists also have extensive experience and skills in the area of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

Highly Personalized Care

Having a comprehensive range of specialists across multiple rehab disciplines means we can bring together a team that best meets your specific diagnosis and level of injury. This high degree of personalized involvement, directed to an individual, not a condition, makes up an important part of your care during inpatient rehabilitation and also helps guide your ongoing recovery when you return home.

A Snapshot of the People We Serve:

  • 69% of our patients are male.
  • 50% of our patients' injuries are motor vehicle related.
  • 15% of our patients were injured in falls, and 12% in sports activities. Diving is the leading cause of sports injuries.
  • Approximately 55% of our patients have American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) "incomplete" injuries, meaning there is motor and/or sensory sparing below the level of the injury at the time of admission.
  • The average time from the date of injury to admission to SCVMC is 11 days, and the length of stay in inpatient rehabilitation averages 27 days.
  • The average length of stay for spinal cord injury patients at SCVMC is 30 days.
  • 85% of our patients return home.
  • 45% of our patients are engaged in some type of employment or school at one-year after their injury.
  • We serve adolescents starting at age 14. In FY2014 we served 7 adolescents in the Spinal Cord Injury Program.

Special Programs

Rehabilitation Trauma Center: The RTC was designed to meet the very early needs of spinal cord patients in a specialized medically intensive setting that provides expertise in the management of complex medical issues, including respiratory concerns. Because patients can be admitted very early to this ICI-type setting, they are more likely to be successfully weaned from ventilators and are at a reduced risk for pulmonary and skin complications. Family members are encouraged to be present in the RTC as often as they desire.

Women with Disabilities Healthcare Clinic: This specialized resource is designed for women with disabilities to receive routine health care. The Women with Disabilities Health Care Clinic promotes long-term gynecological and general health maintenance for women with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities in a safe and comfortable environment. The clinic has a wheelchair-accessible scale and a pelvic examination table, which can be lowered to allow transfers from a wheelchair level. All staff members at the clinic have the training and the sensitivity to meet the needs of women with disabilities. For more details please call 408 885-5920.

The Peer Support Program:This free resource for individuals with SCI matches current patients with former patients who have faced similar challenges. This peer relationship adds an important level of encouragement and support during rehabilitation and in the community after discharge. Clinical psychologists provide individual and group counseling to both patients and families and a number of speakers join the groups to offer information and share experiences. The program also gives participants the opportunity to network with other members of the SCI community and learn more about local resources and services that are available in their home communities. Issues and concerns frequently discussed include coping, attitudinal barriers, accessibility, referrals, parenting, relationships and intimacy, adaptive technologies and educational and vocational opportunities.

Patient and Family Education: Designed as an ongoing educational series, this program offers guest speakers and other presentations and activities that focus on patient and family concerns and lifetime care following spinal cord injury. Individuals with SCI will have the opportunity to network with other members of the SCI community and will be informed about local resources and services that are available in their community.

Spinal Cord Injury Program

How satisfied were our patients with their care?

  • 92.9% of our patients rated their care as good to excellent.
  • 92% of our patients would recommend our hospital to their friend and family.
Where did our patients get discharged to?
  • 84% of our TSCI patients were discharged to a home setting compared to a national average of only 73%. 82% of our NTSCI patients were discharged to a home setting compared to a national average of only 77%.
  • 4% of our TSCI patients were discharged to a skilled nursing facility compared to the national average of 14%. 7% of our NTSCI patients were discharged to a skilled nursing facility compared to the national average of 12%.
How complex are the patients we treat medically?
  • Based on case mix index, a measurement of the complexity of the medical needs, our patients were nearly 18.6% more medically complex than the national average.
Who are our patients?
  • The average age for patients with TSCI was 40 years old and the average age for patients with NTSCI is 62, with an overall average patient age of 49.
  • We serve adolescents starting at age 14 with an individualized, developmentally appropriate plan of care.
  • 73% of the patients were male and 27% were female.
  • Patients stayed an average of 22 days in the hospital.
Quality of Life:
  • 96.9% of our patients agree that the rehab program prepared them for going home.


To make an adult or pediatric referral to the Rehabilitation Center please call 408.885.2032 or fax 408.885.2001.

For outpatient referrals, please call 408.885.7106 or fax 408.885.7110.

For either inpatient or outpatient referrals, and to schedule a tour of the Rehabilitation Center, please call 408.885.2032