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Our partners include large integrated health systems, academic medical centers, a post-acute care management company and a provider professional association. These partners offer opportunities and perspectives that span the continuum of rehabilitation care (acute, post- acute, home care, outpatient, community care) across the lifespan and provide geographic and economic diversity.

LeaRRn hosted Health System Leadership Forums in 2021-2023. The archived keynote addresses and full proceedings from these annual events are available here.

American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)

American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is a not-for-profit trade association which represents close to 15,000 nursing homes, assisted living communities, and residences for the care of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all 50 states. Members represent ~65% of for-profit and ~50% of not-for-profit skilled nursing facilities ranging from independent facilities to large chains. AHCA/NCAL provides education and tools for its members to improve their quality. They maintain an online learning management system (ahcancalED) with curriculum covering many clinical and regulatory issues facing nursing homes. They also maintain an online data benchmarking tool (Long Term Care Trend Tracker) that allows members to trend their performance and benchmark to various peer groups on many quality measures (e.g. Five Star, survey findings, nursing home quality measures, staffing including both levels and turnover, as well as financial metrics from CMS cost reports).  The AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative is a national effort that builds upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care profession by setting specific, measurable targets to further improve quality of care in America’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities, including rehabilitation-related measures including hospitalizations and functional outcomes.

Please click here to view AHCA/NCAL’s 2022 Research Priorities.

Please click here to view AHCA/NCAL’s health system leadership.

BAYADA Home Health Care

BAYADA Home Health Care offers a full range of clinical care and support services at home for children and adults of all ages. The company has more than 360 offices in 23 states and 6 countries, employs 28,000 healthcare professionals and support staff, and treats an average of 31,900 clients weekly. The Home Health Practice, which focuses on post-acute geriatric home care services under the Medicare Program, is comprised of over 100 offices in 16 states that provide care to nearly 17,000 clients weekly through a multidisciplinary team approach delivered by over 2,500 clinicians and staff. Bayada employees include physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, pediatric and nurses and assistive care professionals (Home Health Aides (HHAs) and Certified Nursing Aides), adult and Private Duty Nursing: specialized in-home rehabilitative nursing program led by a team of certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRNs) to care for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI), Physical therapists (PTs), Occupational therapists (OTs), Speech language pathologists (SLPs), Medical social workers (MSWs) and HHAs.

Please click here to view BAYADA’s Home Health Care 2022 Research Priorities.

Please click here to view BAYADA’s health system leadership.

Boston Medical Center (BMC)

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a private, not-for-profit, 514-bed, academic medical center and is the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. BMC is the largest safety net hospital and busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England. BMC is dedicated to providing accessible healthcare to everyone; 57% of patients are from under-served populations and 32% of patients do not speak English as a primary language. Through a commitment to serve everyone, BMC offers numerous outreach programs and services. The department of Rehabilitation Services provides skilled intervention in both the Inpatient and Outpatient hospital setting with a staff of 100+ employees. Approximately 80,000 patient visits were completed last year. BMC works with students and faculty from the BU Sargent College, providing placement for capstone work and clinical internship. Primary areas for potential collaboration between Rehabilitation Services and LeaRRn include the following: improvement of transition of care, building relationships with post-acute partners, improving mobility in the acute setting, reducing re-admission by ensuring correct discharge disposition, improvement of patient flow, and promoting adoption of evidence-based practices.

Please click here to view Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) 2022 Research Priorities.

Please click here to view BMC’s health system leadership.

The Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic is an $8.9 billion, 5,000 bed non-profit healthcare system with 20 patient-centered institutes. It includes a tertiary care main campus in Cleveland with 11 regional hospitals and over 180 outpatient locations in Northeast Ohio. The system also includes hospitals in Southeast Florida with 230 beds, an outpatient center for brain health in Las Vegas, Nevada, a general outpatient center in Toronto, and a 364-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic London, a 185-bed hospital, will open in 2021. The system provides care for over 2 million patients annually across all settings and specialties. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation features an integrated academic practice model, linking the main campus with nine acute care hospitals, three inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 56 outpatient therapy venues, Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Connected Care and a number of skilled nursing facilities and long-term acute care hospitals operated in partnership with other local health systems. The Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy (CCRST) program includes 923 therapy professionals across physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, athletic training, exercise physiology and recreational therapy. These providers treat patients in each of the 14 U.S.-based CCF acute care hospital and 56 outpatient centers in addition to outreach services provided at 52 high schools, 5 colleges, and for two professional athletic teams. Annually, they provide care for nearly 100,000 new outpatients over more than 560,000 visits and nearly 170,000 new inpatients over more than 320,000 visits.

Please click here to view The Cleveland Clinic’s 2022 Research Priorities.

Please click here to view The Cleveland Clinic’s health system leadership.

Intermountain Health

Intermountain Health is a nonprofit health system based in Salt Lake City, Utah with 33 hospitals and 2,400 employed primary care and secondary care physicians at more than 215 clinics. Rehabilitation Services employs 1,500 clinicians and support personnel at hospitals and outpatient clinics. Intermountain Rehabilitation Services includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, rehabilitation nursing, exercise physiology, and athletic training. Services are provided across the continuum of care, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, transitional care, home health and outpatient services. Rehabilitation Services works closely with Clinical Programs and other service lines at Intermountain to offer less-costly interventions for patients with injury and physical dysfunction and to expedite hospital discharge, prevent readmission, and maximize function for patients in their homes and community. Rehabilitation Services also offers a wide variety of specialized therapy programs including lymphedema management, balance and vestibular rehabilitation, hand therapy, aquatic therapy, industrial rehabilitation, oncology rehabilitation, pelvic health, and sports performance programs.

Intermountain’s Rehabilitation Services Quality improvement and Research Efforts


Rehabilitation providers at Intermountain have a long history of participation in continuous quality improvement efforts and formal research with an aim to improve the quality and value of care. Intermountain ROMS is a web-based application and analytic system which serves as a central repository of patients’ self-reported pain and disability measures. The data collected are used to improve the quality and process of patient care at Intermountain as well as reduce costs for patients and payers. Intermountain ROMS has been used for 20 years within outpatient physical therapy services at Intermountain, with over 590,000 unique admissions and over 2.8 million patient-reported outcomes. Every patient presenting to outpatient physical therapy completes a self-reported outcome measure at every visit, which is used to engage the patient in treatment more effectively and measure meaningful improvement. Intermountain ROMS is currently expanding into acute care, home health, and neurological domains to improve patients’ experience across the continuum of care.

Please click here to view Intermountain Health’s 2022 Research Priorities.

Please click here to view Intermountain’s health system leadership.

Ivy Rehab Network

Founded in 2003, Ivy Rehab is comprised of over 3,000 teammates among 420+ best-in-class outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and ABA clinics throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic (RI, MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE), Midwest (IL, IN, MI, OH), and the Southeast (NC, SC, VA). Ivy Rehab Network provides exceptional care to more than 15,000 patients across all stages of life, every day.  As the nation’s largest pediatric outpatient rehabilitation provider, multidisciplinary services are offered, leveraging practical techniques that facilitate the growth and development of children of all conditions in outpatient clinics, in school settings, and at home. Clinical outcomes and research are central to Ivy’s growth strategy.   In 2021, Ivy  committed to developing and implementing an industry-leading clinical outcomes program.  Today, Ivy uses its clinical outcomes and advanced analytics to inform care delivery, and clinic operations.  The commitment to clinical outcomes has transformed Ivy into a top clinical performer with best-in-class patient outcomes.

Please click here to view Ivy Rehab Network’s 2022 Research Priorities.

Please click here to view Ivy Rehab Network’s health system leadership.

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine has six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, over 40 patient care locations, a home care group and an international division and offers an array of health care services. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has 8 inpatient rehabilitation locations that form the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network and provide comprehensive rehabilitation services and continuum of care to patients throughout Maryland and provide rehabilitation therapy (PT, OT, Speech) in 13 outpatient locations. The Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network offers a variety of hospital-based services that include comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, rehabilitation consultation, and nurse liaison services. Inpatient rehabilitation is provided at the 18-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Additionally, PM&R operates a 28-bed unit at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with specialization in geriatric and stroke rehabilitation. Inpatient rehabilitation for children is provided at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Eighteen rehabilitation programs address a wide variety of clinical conditions through aquatic therapy, pelvic floor therapy, prosthesis and orthotic rehabilitation, vestibular therapy, swallowing rehabilitation and other offerings. Johns Hopkins offers other rehabilitation services such as rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology.

Please click here to view Johns Hopkins Medicine’s 2022 Research Priorities.

Please click here to view Johns Hopkins Medicine’s health system leadership.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is a nonprofit, accredited network comprised of two free-standing inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, a long-term acute care hospital, a skilled nursing facility and outpatient centers throughout Eastern Massachusetts, which share a mission to improve the quality of life for people experiencing illness, injury, and disability.  The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is part of the Mass General Brigham (MGB) integrated care delivery system that includes Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mass General Brigham Home Care, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. The knowledge and expertise of this entire healthcare system is available to patients and caregivers.  As the principal teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, new ideas and a passion for discovery are part of our makeup. This academic affiliation combined with our resources enables us to maintain a vigorous research agenda and operate ongoing clinical trials.  Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston is ranked the #3 rehabilitation hospital in U.S. News and World Report.

Please click here to view Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s 2022 Research Priorities.

Please click here to view Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s health system leadership.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

UPMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR)

UPMC is a $19 billion nonprofit health care provider that operates 40 academic, community, and specialty hospitals, and offers rehabilitation care across the continuum in over 100 inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care facilities and through their Home Health Agency, which serves 22 counties in the western part of the state. The UPMC Rehabilitation Network is the largest rehabilitation network in western and central Pennsylvania, and one of the leading rehabilitation programs of its kind in the nation. The Network, which is affiliated with the UPMC Comprehensive Stroke Center, offers innovative therapies, state-of-the-art technologies, and high- quality medical care through 10 inpatient rehabilitation facilities, 4 owned and 8 partner transitional rehabilitation units, over 70 outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and extensive home health services throughout the region. UPMC Home Health Rehabilitation Group employs 167 PTs, OTs, and SLPs. UPMC Audiology employs 57 audiologists. UPMC owns and operates 33 Senior Living Communities which provide independent living, assisted/personal care living, and skilled nursing.

Please click here to view UPMC’s health system leadership.

UPMC Rehabilitation Institute

UPMC Rehabilitation Institute is the largest rehabilitation provider in Western and Central Pennsylvania and one of the leading rehabilitation programs of its kind in the nation. They are the preferred provider of rehabilitation services for UPMC and employ ~1000 clinicians who deliver care in 18 hospitals (8 of which also have inpatient rehabilitation programs) 8 skilled nursing facilities (4 with transitional rehabilitation units) and 70 outpatient locations. 

Please click here to view UPMC Rehabilitation Institute’s 2022 Research Priorities.

    UPMC’s Innovative Homecare Solutions (UIHS)

    UPMC’s Innovative Homecare Solutions (UIHS) is a not-for-profit UPMC company designed to implement innovative post-acute and community-based programs that provide high-value care while improving the patient experience.  UIHS works within the UPMC integrated delivery and finance system structure with the goal of transforming clinical care and creating new community-based programs to better serve our patients.

    Please click here to view UIHS’s 2022 Research Priorities.