Stroke Rehabilitation

Women working with a healthcare professional on rehabilitation after a stroke

The Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital helps patients recovering from a stroke to reach their highest level of independence and resume active roles within their families and communities. Since 1971, our high standards of quality care have earned us accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition, we have achieved CARF accreditation as a Stroke Specialty program since 2007.

Contact Us

To find a rehabilitation specialist or to speak with one of our admissions liaisons, call us at:


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
2nd Floor, Main Hospital Building
5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

Our Program

  • Yolanda Chik, MD 
    Director of the MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Stroke Programs

Patient Story

An unrelenting headache was one of the last memories Darryl Mitchell had before waking up from a coma, paralyzed. This father, grandfather and videographer survived a stroke, but his journey to recovery meant the full spectrum of inpatient comprehensive rehabilitation. MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital treats the most medically complex and disabling stroke conditions and is Maryland's leader in rehabilitation services.

Stroke Treatment

To provide the best possible care for your unique needs and your personal goals, our rehabilitation program incorporates a wide variety of treatment options that target specific physical needs. Specialized rehabilitation equipment, combined with the specialized expertise of our staff, offers patients the best path to recovery and reaching personal goals. Treatment plans include:

Assistive Technology

  • AAC Devices
  • Bioness
  • Dynavision
  • FES Bike
  • Lite Gait/PBWS Treadmill
  • Tailwind

Therapeutic Interventions

  • Adaptive Equipment/Environmental Controls 
  • Cognitive-Linguistic Re-Training
  • Group Intervention Scenarios (including dining, current events and dancing)
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy/Spasticity Management
  • IOPI-Iowa Oral Pressure Instrument
  • Mirror Therapy
  • Orthotic Consult/Splint Fabrication
  • Parrot Computer Software for Language/Cognition

In-House Medical Consultations

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • GI
  • Neuropsychology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Podiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Renal

Stroke Rehabilitation Goals

Our clinical staff work together as an interdisciplinary team to design a unique rehabilitation program for each patient. The team helps patients attain their highest level of functioning and independence.

Core goals of rehabilitation include:

  • Assessing the patient’s ability to function including self care, transfers, mobility and swallowing.
  • Involving the patient and his/her family in developing realistic rehabilitation goals and actively participating in discharge planning.
  • Increasing the patient’s overall strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • Teaching various techniques to compensate for physical, cognitive and communicative deficits.
  • Supporting the patient and his/her family as they learn to cope with the physical and cognitive limitations that often accompany stroke.
  • Determining home equipment needs and arranging for further rehabilitation services and community resources as needed.

Stroke Specialists

Our rehabilitation staff is comprised of clinical specialists from all disciplines including AAC, Trach/Vent, NDT and Wound Care. 32% of our nurses are rehab certified and 17% are certified in medical/surgical gerontology. The members of our staff also hold the following therapy credentials:

  • NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) - an approach to examining and treating impairments and functional limitations that looks at the patient as a whole to determine their specific desired activity level and unique physical needs.
  • PAM (Physical Agent Modalities) - a treatment approach that includes the use of thermal (heat, cold, ultrasound, phonophoresis) and electrical (TENS, NMES, iontophoresis) therapies.

MedStar Stroke Support Group

Join the MedStar Stroke Support Group, a support group for people who have had a stroke and their significant others. Walk-ins are also welcome. To find out more, click below or call 443-444-4618.