Programs & Services
For more information on our programs and services, call 1-800-ALVARADO (258-2723).
For more detailed information about the services provided at the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital, click here.
The San Diego Rehabilitation Institute (SDRI) on the Alvarado Hospital campus has established a regional reputation for excellence in restoring patients to their optimum level of function after surviving a debilitating illness or injury. Many local hospitals refer patients to SDRI, including UCSD Medical Center, Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare and the U.S. Navy. Alvarado also is a leading regional referral center for hospitals in Imperial County.
SDRI offers a full continuum of care including inpatient acute rehabilitation and outpatient services. The treatment team is led by a physiatrist—a medical doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation—and includes a broad spectrum of rehabilitation professionals.
These specialties include physical, occupational, recreational, pelvic, spine and speech therapists, and a rehabilitation nurse. Other specialists on the team include a neurologist, respiratory therapists, licensed clinical counselors, social workers and registered dieticians. All care is coordinated by a case manager who guides patients through the appropriate levels of treatment with an aim to restore them to their optimum level of function at home, work and community.
SDRI offers a variety of specialty programs in addition to rehabilitation for stroke, brain and spinal-cord injury, neurological diseases and complicated orthopedic conditions, including spine.
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) – NMES is the newest treatment for pharyngeal dysphagia resulting from stroke, radiation/chemotherapy, Parkinson’s disease, head injury, head and neck surgery and cervical osteophytes. NMES can help patients—even with long-term problems—strengthen muscles used for swallowing, potentially leading to safer a nd more efficient eating. After receiving physician orders, our staff can use NMES to treat both inpatients and outpatients. The treatment may not be recommended for patients with active cancer, pacemakers, decreased responsiveness, seizure disorders and deep brain stimulators.
- Stroke Peer Visitor Program – The Stroke Peer Visitor Program pairs an individual who has recently experienced a "brain attack” with a stroke survivor who has successfully made the transition back to a functional lifestyle. The goal is to provide an extra measure of assurance that life does indeed go on after a stroke, while sharing with new stroke survivors what to expect during recovery.
- Vision Rehabilitation Program – The vision rehabilitation program provides screening and assessment of the visual and perceptual skills needed for life’s daily activities. Working in collaboration with the referring physician and a neuro-optometrist, the program provides recommendations for low-vision devices that can assist in daily activities.
Wound Treatment – Our wound treatment program provides specialized treatment for burn rehabilitation and other hard-to-heal wounds. The wound care team is interdisciplinary and has a certified wound care nurse.
For More Information
For more information on inpatient and outpatient rehabilitaton services, go to San Diego Rehabitation Institute.
Alvarado’s Physician Referral Service can help you find a physician who meets your needs. To find a physician, simply click on the Physician Finder or call 800-ALVARADO (800-258-2723). Additional information regarding our rehabilitation services also is available.
For a rehabilitation referral, call 619-229-7380.