Intensive daily physical, occupational and/or speech therapy
Hospital-based, physiatrist-directed rehabilitation program
Specially trained rehab nurses
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Acute Rehabilitation Center

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Acute Rehabilitation Center

The only hospital-based inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) Serving Lynchburg and surrounding counties

Centra's Acute Rehabilitation Center, an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) provides a  clinical team that coordinates medical treatment, specialized services, rehabilitation treatments and patient-assistance services; all while providing the emotional support and encouragement that patients need to make great strides in recovery. Patients must be able to participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy per day.  

The center has been providing comprehensive rehab services since 1985.  The program's medical director,  Angel Medina-Bravo, MD, board certified physiatrist, is a specialist that focuses on rehabilitation, aiming to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to  those with physical impairments or disabilities.  Physiatrists are trained to naturally facilitate an interdisciplinary process, to use contributing information from many team members in order to best  navigate the course of a patient's recovery. Our team of physicians, therapists and nurses are "big picture" thinkers who focus on function and understand how the underlying nature of disease affects clinical outcomes.  

Inpatient rehabilitation care is also known as hospital-level rehabilitation care which means that hospital insurance benefits are utilized.  For Medicare patients, this saves their Medicare skilled care days.  This sophisticated level of care is not available in other settings.
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Centra Acute Rehabilitation Center is located inside Virginia Baptist Hospital in the English Building.

Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat
Conditions We Treat

We treat patients recovering from:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Congenital Deformity
  • Amputation
  • Major Multiple Trauma
  • Fracture of Femur
  • Active, Polyarticular Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis & Seronegative Arthopathies
  • Severe or Advanced Osteoarthrosis or Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Knee or Hip Joint Replacement (with specified criteria)
  • Brain Injury
We specialize in neurological disorders:
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor Neuron Diseases
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s Disease 

Scope of Care

Scope of Care
Scope of Care

Our inpatient rehabilitation facility is focused on helping you  achieve the best possible quality of life, as quickly as possible, following your injury, illness or surgery.   Patients have access to a range of treatments from a specialized team of expert clinicians, including:

  • Attending physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine
  • Physical, occupational, speech therapists
    • Physical Therapy – focusing on the restoration of physical strength, endurance, coordination and range of motion
    • Occupational Therapy – using everyday activities to promote maximum functioning at home and at work
    • Speech/Language Therapy – employing techniques and strategies to evaluate and treat communication, cognitive and swallow disorders
  • Skilled nurses specialized in rehabilitation medicine
    • Rehabilitation nurses assess and manage medical, nutritional and skin care issues while reinforcing techniques utilized in therapy sessions

  • Social Worker
    • Assigned to each patient and his or her family to guide them through every step of the rehabilitation process from  admission through post-discharge planning
  • Clinical Nutritionists
  • Wound Care Specialists 


Acute Rehab is committed to exceeding standards for safety, value and quality. We are accredited by The Joint Commission and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  


Why Inpatient Rehabilitation is Different?

Why Inpatient Rehabilitation is Different?
Why Inpatient Rehabilitation is Different?

The Benefits of Inpatient Rehabilitation

  Centra Inpatient Rehab  
Emergency care In-house Emergency care (provided at Lynchburg General Hospital)  
Admissions Admit from any setting as long as all criteria is met. Does not require 3-night hospital stay.  
Functional measurements Functional outcomes are measured and benchmarked against rehab facilities across the country  
Close medical supervision by physician with specialized training Yes  
24-Hour Rehabilitation Nursing Yes  
Medical care and therapy led by interdisciplinary medical team Yes  
A minimum of 3 hours of intensive therapy per day; 6 days a week Yes  
Readmission rate to general acute care hospitals 5.8%   
Return to home or community after rehab 80% 



"Rehab Hospitals Deliver"

Admission Information

Admission Information
Admission Information

Most patients are admitted from an acute-care hospital.  Prior hospitalization is not required, however a significant medical need must be present for nursing and physician intervention as well as admission criteria must be met.  

When individuals are referred to our program, their physicians consider them to be medically stable, with the potential to improve, and the ability to start a rehabilitation program. The team will address individual’s physical and medical problems, difficulties with activities of daily living and specialized programs with eating, communication, attention and self-care.

Successful rehabilitation includes the reintegration of the individual and family into their home and community. 

►We accept all insurances (must meet admission criteria).
If you wish to be considered for admission to our program, notify the discharge planner from the acute-care hospital, who will contact us.  For additional information on admission, please call our Admissions Coordinator at 434.200.3088. 

Patient Stories

Patient Stories
Patient Stories

Pam's story

On September 3, 2012   at the age of 52, Pam experienced a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was transferred to UVA Hospital for surgery to repair the hemorrhage.  Over the course of the next two months, Pam had multiple surgeries including surgery to insert a permanent shunt into her brain. Statistically, 50% of patients with a PCOM aneurysm die immediately.  Of the remaining 50%, 25% live the rest of their lives in a facility that takes care of all daily living needs since they are unable to do anything for themselves. The final 25% of survivors can regain a life of independence.

Pam entered Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Center on November 1, 2012. She was 100% non- weight bearing, unable to dress or feed herself and unable to communicate.  She participated in physical, occupational and speech therapy each day.  Upon discharge, she was able to propel her wheelchair with some guidance, dress herself with items obtainable at wheelchair level, gait short distances with the aid of a rolling walker, feed herself and communicate basic needs with few prompts from trained staff and family members. 

She was discharged on December 7, 2012 at 50% weight bearing and in a wheelchair. She continued with physical, occupational and speech therapy in the outpatient rehabilitation clinic at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital from December through May 2013.

Currently, Pam is a volunteer at the Acute Rehabilitation Center assisting with transporting patients from their room to and from therapy, sanitizing and putting equipment away, obtaining beverages and snacks for patients during therapy sessions, and sharing her story to encourage patients.

Pamela Barile, Lynchburg, VA

Sherman's story

Sherman was a patient at Centra Acute Rehabilitation Center from January 25, 2013 to  February 11, 2013 due to ruptured quadricep tendons in both his legs.  His injury was secondary to falls that occurred while working at school.  He was fully functioning as an Assistant Principal of a local high school in his community prior to his falls. The initial fall was a result of him breaking up children fighting after a basketball game, and the following day he fell while attempting to step over a puddle of water to access a child who was skipping school.

After surgery he was fitted with braces on his legs preventing him from flexing and extending his legs. During his physical and occupational therapy at the Acute Rehabilitation Center, the focus was on gait, mobility, bed mobility and managing his independence for Activities of Daily Living (dressing, bathing, toileting, and transferring from a seated to standing position).  The therapists also educated him on how to transfer in/out of a vehicle allowing him the opportunity to attend outpatient therapy and medical appointments.  As a result of the therapy he received on Acute Rehab,  he was able to progress to the next level of care, getting in and out of his home, into the car and  attend appointments. 

Sherman A. LaPrade, Nathalie, VA