Rehabilitation Services
SMH offers both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for a range of conditions including stroke, neurological conditions, orthopedic injuries or surgeries, and traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury. Our team's interdisciplinary approach concentrates on the full spectrum of recovery and delivers several levels of rehabilitation. From the moment a patient enters our program, the entire team is focused on helping the patient gain maximum independence and the best quality of life possible.

The Rehabilitation Unit at Slidell Memorial Hospital ranked in the 90th percentile or above in the nation for outpatient outcomes, earning SMH a Top Performer status from Uniform Data Services for three consecutive years.

SMH Inpatient RehabilitationInpatient Therapy

SMH Rehabilitation Unit at Slidell Memorial Hospital is a 9-bed adult unit with five private rooms. The most frequent admissions are stroke patients, neurologically impaired, those with fractures of lower extremities, and patients with lower extremity joint replacement. Our experienced and multidisciplinary nursing and therapy staff provide coordinated care and establish individualized treatment plans for patients.
The staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and rehabilitation nurses. The unit is overseen by a physiatrist (rehabilitation physician) with more than 20 years' service to the Slidell community. Our Lite Gait system for partial-weight bearing gait training is used for stroke patients, amputees, and patients with spinal cord injuries. We also offer a therapeutic garden staffed by LSU Master Gardeners, which provides a beautiful outdoor area to visit with family and friends.

SMH Outpatient Rehabilitation

Our comprehensive discharge planning means that patients and their family or caregivers can continue the rehab process at home. We offer family training and conferences, home evaluations (when appropriate), audio-visual educational presentations and encourage strong family involvement.

Click on the following links to learn about 2011 Patients Served Outcomes and 2012 Patients Served Outcomes.

If you or a family member would benefit from Inpatient Therapy, call (985) 280-8693 for an evaluation.

Outpatient Therapy

SMH's Outpatient Therapy is located at 1045 Florida Avenue, directly behind the hospital. This facility features a variety of equipment for therapy including electrical stimulation, Cybex exercise equipment, fluidotherapy, ultrasound, cervical and lumbar traction, Lifecycle, Core exercise equipment, and plyometric equipment. Additionally, therapists are now certified in LSVT BIG, a specialized treatment for people with Parkinson's Disease and other neurological disorders (See treatment techniques at

We treat a variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Orthopedic problems such as strains, sprains, ligament tears
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's, stroke and spinal cord injury
  • Speech, language and swallowing problems
  • Arthritis, Fibromyalgia
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Hand, wrist and shoulder problems

In addition, The Rehab Store is open during our regular hours of operation and offers durable medical equipment for sale at reasonable costs.

If you or a loved one require Outpatient Therapy services, call (985) 280-9355 for more information or to schedule an appointment.



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