Rusk’s Renovated Pediatric Therapy Facilities Open at HJD

Rusk Rehabilitation is excited to announce the full opening of its newly redesigned and relocated pediatric therapy facili­ties at the Hospital for Joint Diseases (HJD), located at 301 East 17th Street at Second Avenue.

The three primary areas of care are:

Inpatient Rehabilitation Services: The CARF-accredited Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit will reopen on the 8th floor with 16 beds for multidisci­plinary, intensive, specialized therapy for children 18 months old through 20 years of age.

Outpatient Therapy Units: The Outpatient Unit will reopen on the 4th floor to provide comprehensive, multi­disciplinary outpatient therapies for children from birth to 21 years of age in need of a hospital-based, restorative therapy program. Services include physiatry, physical and occupational therapy, speech/swallowing therapies, psychology services, therapeutic recreation/creative arts therapies, and a Child Life program.

Acute Care Medical Surgical Unit: As it has for several years, Rusk continues to provide rehab care for postsur­gical patients and orthopedic care in HJD’s Acute Medical/Surgical Unit on the 8th floor of HJD.

Below are some highlights of the cutting-edge, compre­hensive offerings that Rusk brings to the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Inpatient Rehabilitation
The pediatric therapy team plays an integral role in the comprehensive rehabilitation of children ages 18 months through 20 years on the Acute Inpatient Unit. Children receive three hours of therapy five days a week with a modified weekend schedule. Sessions include individual sessions with highly trained pediatric therapists, as well as time on positioning equipment to optimize their current functional status. The ultimate goal is for the children to be able to return home and back to school. Extensive collaboration amongst the multidisciplinary team throughout the entire admission ensures all aspects of the child’s needs are met.

Therapy sessions focus on age appropri­ate developmental or functional skills that correspond to the child’s condition. The multidisciplinary team works closely with the families to ensure proper training for effective carryover when the therapy day is done, and ultimately for when they are discharged home and return to school.

Equipment and bracing needs are assessed to op­timize functional outcomes, and state-of-the-art therapy equipment such as the Lokomat®, Lite Gait, RT-300, Saebo, and MOTOmed are utilized to restore lost function. Teachers from the Department of Education are also on-site to continue daily schooling, to facilitate communication with the child’s current school, coordinate academic testing when appropri­ate, and facilitate the return to the appropriate school setting.

Integrative Health
As the fortunate recipients of a generous donation, HJD now offers a full-time integrative health therapist available to all pediatric inpatients and their families.

Outpatient Pediatric Speech Therapy
Pediatric speech therapy services will now be available to outpatients as part of the comprehensive Outpatient Therapy Department.

Lokomat® Intensive
A twenty-one session Lokom­at® intensive gait training program is offered through the pediatric Outpatient Physical Therapy Depart­ment. Candidates are screened for eligibility over the phone and through a thoughtfully designed clinic evaluation process.

Concussion Program
Patients under the age of 16 years who are referred through the NYU Langone Concussion Program will be treated at the pediatric outpatient therapy facility by spe­cially trained therapists. Learn more about the program at

If you have any questions about Rusk’s services at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, please contact Maria-Cristina Tafurt, Site Director for Rusk Rehabilitation at HJD, at or 212-598-6745.