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Nation's largest rehabilitation hospital ranks #2 in the country; tops in the East

U.S. News & World Report
July 22, 2009

West Orange, NJ - Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation has again been ranked as one of the top two rehabilitation hospitals in the country and as the best facility of its kind in the East. This marks the 17th consecutive year that Kessler has been listed among the nation's leaders in a survey of physicians published annually by U.S. News & World Report.

"We are honored that Kessler has again been named one of the very best rehabilitation hospitals in the country," said President Robert Brehm. "This achievement reflects our unwavering commitment to clinical excellence and the delivery of quality care. We are proud of our more than 1,400 Kessler employees and the work they do each day, but prouder still of our patients whose progress is the true measure of our success."

Kessler claimed the second spot in this year's national rankings, a position it has held for four of the past five years. Top honors went to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

"To be ranked second among the more than 1,100 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units across the country is quite an honor," noted Kessler's Chief Medical Officer Bruce M. Gans, M.D. "It is important recognition of Kessler's leadership in patient care, research, education and advocacy. It also highlights the critical role of acute rehabilitation hospitals in helping individuals who have experienced catastrophic injuries or illnesses, like stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury, to rebuild their lives."

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation is one of only six federally-designated Model Systems in the nation for the treatment and research of both spinal cord and brain injuries. It provides that same level of comprehensive care and specialized treatment to address the complex needs of individuals with stroke, amputation, neurological disorders, and orthopedic conditions.

Kessler has three hospital campuses in West Orange, Saddle Brook and Chester, NJ and more than 75 outpatient Kessler Rehabilitation Centers in the state.

The annual U.S. News & World Report rehabilitation hospitals list is based on independent surveys ( of randomly-selected board-certified physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine who were asked to name the hospitals that provide the best care to patients with serious conditions, regardless of location or expense.

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