Rehabilitation patient enjoying pool therapy session

Expert & Specialized Care

​In addition to comprehensive services for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions and general rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Center offers specialized programs and features to meet the distinct needs of women, adolescents, and individuals with a variety of diagnoses.

Inpatient programs

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Journey to Recovery
  • Stroke & General Rehabilitation
  • Adolescent & Pediatric Rehabilitation

Outpatient programs

  • Special Services
    • Recreation Therapy
    • Neuro-Net
    • Research Center
    • Peer Support Groups
  • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Tendon Transfer
    • Outreach Clinics
    • Urology
    • Women’s Health
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke & General Rehabilitation
  • Spina Bifida
  • Electrodiagnosis (EMG)
  • Other neurological conditions resulting in disability
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Amputation
  • Spasticity (including baclofen pumps)
  • Women with Disabilities Healthcare Clinic
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation

Female stroke patient using Ekso Skeleton with therapist in hallway 


Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has been designated by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center for over 30 years. This is the highest level of certification possible for emergency care.

The Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit is equipped and staffed 24/7 with specially trained, board-certified medical and surgical teams to provide immediate care for patients suffering from life-threatening and disabling traumatic injuries. These critical services for both adult and pediatric trauma patients include, but are not limited to:

  • Acute care surgery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Brain Injury
  • Burn Injury
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Intensive Care Specialists
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Trauma Operating Room available 24/7
  • Vascular Surgery
The Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit is also equipped with a helipad, and accepts patients from across Silicon Valley. Having the highest level of emergency response on the same campus as the Rehabilitation Center means that patients don’t have to be transferred to other facilities if the need for a higher level of care arises.

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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation has a long history of leading-edge rehabilitation care. We helped pioneer the interdisciplinary team model that has become a national standard for rehabilitation programs. Our innovative research efforts continue to bring new technology, therapies, and protocols to our patients. Backed by these resources, our care team brings together a diverse range of skills and expertise for the single purpose of helping to rebuild lives following serious and often catastrophic injury and illness.

On the most basic level, the highly individualized focus on each patient means that we’re not just treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, or stroke; we’re caring for the specific person and family affected by the condition.

Male spinal cord injury patient working with therapist in therapy gym 


These core principles guide our actions with patients, families, and each other. As a reflection of our commitment to these principles, they are printed on the back of the ID badges worn daily by all staff in the Rehabilitation Center.

  1. I will, with my team, help create an individualized rehabilitation program for each patient in my care.
  2. I will, with my team, help restore functional independence, self-sufficiency, and quality of life for each of my patients.
  3. I will help those in my care to achieve and experience success with incremental steps toward goals.
  4. I will provide opportunities for my patients to practice learned skills in various settings and situations.
  5. I will work with enthusiasm and respect for the dignity and well-being of my patients and colleagues. ​ ​