Rehabilitation Center

The Gilda Trautman Newman Rehabilitation Center at Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive interdisciplinary, team-oriented, family-centered inpatient services to patients from birth through 21 years. The interdisciplinary team offers consulting medical services for more than 40 pediatric specialties. In addition, the facility, located on the first floor of the hospital’s main campus, is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

This Unit is designed to provide the education and skills to prepare the patients to go home after an acute stay. Often the medical needs are met before the patients are fully ready to go home.

Children’s Hospital has celebrated more than 60 years of serving the medical and surgical needs of the children of the region. Today’s strength resulted from the hospital’s solid foundation as a rehabilitation hospital, beginning in 1955. That strong commitment to pediatric rehabilitation continues, and it is even stronger today.

For more information or to refer a patient, please contact the Rehabilitation Case Manager Lynn Kaska at (504) 896-2177 or


To comprehensively support the patient and family through high-quality medical care, therapy services, education and advocacy in order to optimize functional well-being and enhance quality of life in an atmosphere of compassion and respect.


When a child is injured or disabled it affects the entire family — especially when rehabilitative care is necessary. Team members provide a framework to help each family adjust to the child’s individual abilities and offer emotional support to preserve and strengthen the family during hospitalization. Recognizing and incorporating each family’s unique qualities and individual cultural and religious beliefs are important to the success of the program.

The family is crucial to the team’s success and is encouraged to engage and participate in their child’s treatment.

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The rehabilitation goal for children and adolescents is to concentrate on restoring abilities by helping them adapt to their new skills. Each patient is followed using a criteria-based system to evaluate functional skill development with respect to medical status, motor skills, cognitive and communicative abilities, self-care capabilities and the family’s needs. A comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the individual child is developed. This interdisciplinary plan is reviewed and updated at weekly team meetings. The team uses a nurse case management approach to coordinate treatment plans with the child, family, physicians and team members. The newly renovated therapy gym provides additional up-to-date modalities and equipment for a full range of techniques for all of our patients. Discharge planning incorporates transitioning to school, vocational referrals, community reintegration and access issues.


  • In 2016, the rehabilitation program serviced individuals from 30 parishes in Louisiana, three counties in Mississippi and two counties in Florida.
  • The WeeFIM (Functional Independence Measure for Children) measures self-care, mobility and cognition. In 2016, Children’s Hospital reported to WeeFIM a total of 64 patients with an average age of 10 years. The average length of stay was 31 days across all diagnoses.
  • The average WeeFIM gain is 27 points.


The Child Life and Creative Therapies Department at Children’s Hospital developed a summer camp, adaptive sports and an accessible recreation resource guide for children and teens who have chronic illnesses, physical and cognitive challenges and live in the Gulf South. This guide includes contact information that will help parents/caretakers get started in finding activities and resources that are the best fit for their child, teen or young adult. For further information, please contact the Child Life and Creative Therapies Department at (504) 896-9350.

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