Female stroke patient using Ekso Skeleton with therapist in hallway



Comprehensive Resources for Individualized Rehabilitation 

Stroke is a complex and serious medical condition that can impair speech, motion, the thinking process, memory and the ability to carry out a wide range of functions that were once taken for granted as part of everyday life. For these reasons, the aftermath of stroke can be a time of anxiety, uncertainty and even despair for the stroke survivor as well as family members and care givers. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is designated by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center (PSC), meaning that emergency personnel will bring a stroke patient here for the most optimum treatment and rehabilitation, rather than a non-PSC medical facility. 

Experience Leads to Better Outcomes 

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation has an exceptional depth and breadth of experience with stroke patients, with excellent patient outcomes. Based on independent national data, our patients with stroke also made significantly greater functional gains when compared to regional and national averages. In addition, data compiled by Professional Research Consultants (PRC) show that patients and their families were highly satisfied with their SCVMC rehabilitation experience, with 88.8% stating they would recommend our Rehabilitation Center to a family member or friend. These outcomes highlight the work of our skilled, experienced and compassionate staff, and enable stroke survivors and their families to rely on our rehabilitation program to foster optimal psychological, social, vocational and economic adjustment. 

A Team Approach to Care 

The Rehabilitation Center helped pioneer the multidisciplinary team approach to neuro-rehabilitation, and continues to develop innovations and make contributions to the understanding and treatment of brain injury, including stroke. The team-oriented approach to care is led and coordinated by the largest number of board-certified physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) on the West Coast, along with other physician specialists including neurologists, nurses, therapists, social workers, case managers, psychologists and other health professionals with specialized training in stroke. Throughout the inpatient experience and beyond, the most important members of this team are the individuals with stroke and their families who are encouraged and supported to take part in every aspect of care. 


  • Accredited by The Joint Commission and certified by Medi-Cal and Medicare.
  • Seven accreditations by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for adult and children/adolescent rehabilitation in spinal cord injury, brain injury, and stroke.
The Joint Commission and CARF accreditations logo



Lawnae chose one of the nation’s leading Stroke programs for her recovery.


A compassionate and high-skilled team were Angie’s cheerleaders in recovery.


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How satisfied were our patients with their care?

Over 93.7% of our patients rated their care as good to excellent
92.0% of our patients would recommend our hospital to their friend and family

Where did our patients get discharged to? 

82% of our patients were discharged to a home setting compared to a national 
average of only 72%
Only 7% of our patients were discharged to a skilled nursing facility compared to 
the national average of 18%

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 11.6% more medically complex than the national average

Who are our patients? 

The average age for patients with a stroke was 60 years old
We serve adolescents starting at age 14 with an individualized, developmentally appropriate plan of care
57% of the patients were male and 43% were female
Patients stayed an average of 19 days in the hospital

Quality of Life: 

95.7% of our patients agree that the rehabilitation program prepared them for going home​



MedTel Outcomes provides rehabilitation centers with patient satisfaction information a​nd follow up data after discharge

Male physician talking with two rehabilitation patients in the therapy gym


Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) 

Critical Services for Patients, a Valuable Resource for Referring Physicians:
The Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit is a unique component of our overall rehabilitation program. The availability of this intensive care setting within the Rehabilitation Center allows for earliest possible admission and treatment following a brain injury or stroke, providing rehabilitation-focused care for medically complex patients including those who have just had or are about to have surgery. 
The use of medical intensivists in the RRU, physicians who specialize in the care of critically ill or injured patients, is an approach that SCVMC helped pioneer and is a valuable complement to the work of the spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in the operating room. Although the RRU primarily treats individuals with traumatic brain injury or stroke accompanied by respiratory concerns are also cared for in this distinctive medical setting.

The Trauma Center 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.
High Quadriplegic Program - A note to physicians:
The Rehabilitation Trauma Center provides around-the-clock respiratory management for ventilator dependent patients. Our specialization in invasive and non-invasive respiratory technology has resulted in an outstanding record of successful vent weaning and home discharge. In addition, our rate of pulmonary emboli occurrence is exceptionally low and therapeutic bronchoscopies average less than one per 100 patients.

Women with Disabilities Health ​care 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 brain 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.​