John M. Boler Center for Rehabilitation

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Get back to being you again

Our 33-bed inpatient John M. Boler Center for Rehabilitation combines a home-like atmosphere with state-of-the-art rehabilitation services to help patients recover from a hospital stay for an illness or injury. The goal is to help regain independence as quickly and safely as possible. Patients receive focused and intensive therapy sessions for three hours a day, five days a week to improve strength, endurance, motor control and stability. The average length of stay at the center is 12–14 days.

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The NCH Difference

  • Award-winning - The John M. Boler Center for Rehabilitation has been awarded the highest, three-year accreditation by CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for the Hospital (Adult) & Stroke Specialty Program (Adult).
  • Seamless care - Located within the hospital campus, NCH patients have access to rehabilitation specialists and services without needing to travel.
  • Individualized attention - The doctors, nurses and therapists on staff are specially trained in rehabilitative and physical medicine and provide round-the-clock care for patients at the center. Our nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:5/6, so patients receive individualized attention to help meet their daily rehab goals. Attentive care means reduced chances of being admitted/readmitted to the hospital due to complications.
  • Home-like conveniences and peer support - We offer private, recently-renovated rooms with free WiFi to make your stay comfortable. Our communal kitchen and dining area offers peer support and provides the opportunity to share your experiences with others.
  • Digitally connected – Our unique RehabTracker mobile app allows you to view goals, see and track progress in real-time, and share the information with family and friends.

Treatments and Services

We specialize in treating patients recovering from:
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Neurological disorders (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Spinal cord dysfunction
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Multiple traumas
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Pulmonary diseases
  • Deconditioning/physical disability

The NCH Team

Surrounded by expert care

Some of the newest technologies, backed by cutting-edge research, are available to assist in your recovery. This includes robotic-assisted limb movement (Lokomat®, Armeo Spring®, Armeo Senso®, Alter G®) and wireless functional limb stimulation (Bioness®).

As you work toward meeting your goals, these professionals may be part of your care team:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, also known as physiatrists, coordinate and supervise your medical care and rehabilitation plan.
  • Rehabilitation nurses help you reach your greatest potential, adapt to challenges and work toward a productive and independent life.
  • Physical therapists (PTs) focus on improving your strength, endurance, motor control and stability.
  • Occupational therapists (OTs) work with you to accomplish daily living activities.
  • Speech therapists help you improve your language skills.
  • A social worker and case manager serve as your advocate and will coordinate your discharge.
  • A clinical dietitian develops an eating plan tailored just for you and your condition.
  • A clinical neuropsychologist works with you to improve brain and body function.

Rahul Sharma, M.D.

Rahul Sharma, M.D.

Dr. Sharma is the medical director of the John M. Boler Center for Rehabilitation. He is a board-certified physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation). Dr. Sharma earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the MGM Medical College University of Bombay, India and completed his residency at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois.

The John M. Boler Center for Rehabilitation is located on the hospital campus, on the 6th and 7th floors of the East Pavilion (accessible via the East Elevators). To learn more about the center, please call 847-618-6716.


About John M. Boler

John M. Boler was a longtime local resident, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In recognition of the outstanding care John received at NCH, his family made a generous gift to support state-of-the-art technologies and world-class care at NCH. In 2019, the NCH Center for Rehabilitation was renamed in his honor.

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