Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

    The only accredited acute inpatient rehabilitation unit in eastern Connecticut. Let us help you write your success story. 

    Located at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, our Signature Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit offers skilled 24-hour nursing care. Our goal is to help patients who are highly motivated in reaching their optimum level of functioning following a serious injury or illness.

    The Acute Inpatient Rehab Unit is the only acute rehabilitation facility in the region that is a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation (CIIRP), accredited program by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an internationally recognized organization, which accredits only the very best programs and facilities for meeting their high standards of practice.

    Questions and Referrals

    Please contact Michelle Lovell,RN,CRRN Admission Coordinator at 860-912-9512 or

    The choice in selecting a rehabilitation facility for yourself, or a loved one, can often be daunting. Language is frequently used that may be unfamiliar and confusing. By far, the most difficult choice can be in deciding between an “acute care” facility, which is what we offer at L+M, and a “sub-acute” facility, which you will find in a nursing home.

    At L+M Acute Inpatient Rehab we provide a medically based and clinically focused program to meet your rehabilitation needs. The result can be a shorter hospital stay and better recovery outcomes. You will be seen by a physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine, on a daily basis and available 24/7, should the need arise. You can expect to receive a minimum of 15 hours per week of therapy, which will include physical, occupational and speech therapy.

    As part of our continuum of care, we offer most patients when they are ready for outpatient services, the opportunity to transition seamlessly to any of our Signature Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, conveniently located in East Lyme, Groton or Waterford.

    Let us help write your success story.

    Acute Inpatient Team

    Nursing Leadership Staff

    • Debra Merola, RN,CRRN,Nurse Manager
    • Cheryl Kruszewski, RN,CRRN, Clinical Coordinator
    • Michelle Lovell, ,RN,CRRN, Admissions Coordinator

    Inpatient Therapy Leadership Staff

    • Heidi Hooper, PT Manager Inpatient Therapies
    • Katherine Smith, OTR/L, Clinical Coordinator

    Interdisciplinary team:

    • Occupational Therapy (OT)
    • Physicial Therapy (PT)
    • Speech language Pathologist (SLP)
    • Rehabilitation Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Nurse Case Management
    • Psychological / Neuropsychological Services
    • Certified Theraputic Recreational Specialist (CTRS)
    • Nutritional Support
    • Admissions Coordinator

    Signature Outpatient Services of Lawrence + Memorial

    Three reasons to choose L+M for your outpatient rehabilitation:

                • Specially trained and certified Physicial and Occupational team of therapists
                • Ease of Central Scheduling -- 860.271.4848
                • 3 convenient locations nearby:
    • East Lyme - Flanders Health Center, 339 Flanders Rd
    • Groton - Pequot Health Center, 52 Hazelnut Hill Rd
    • Waterford - Waterfall Plaza, 40 Boston Post Rd

    What Makes Us Special

    • One-on-one therapies are provided 7 days a week
    • CARF accredited in CIIRP Comprehensive Intigrated Inpatient Rehabilitation program
    • 14 beds, of the 16 bed unit, are private
    • Hospital-based unit where we are able to provide diagnostic and follow-up testing throughout your stay; primary physicians and consulting physicians are able to participate in your care (they must have privileges @ L+M)
    • Daily physiatrist visits
    • WiFi accessible internet. Desk top computer available for patient use. May bring your own laptop