The Rehabilitation Center
About the Rehabilitation Center

Children’s Hospital has celebrated more than 50 years of serving the medical and surgical needs of the children of our 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.
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 unit specializes in treating patients with brain injury, cerebral palsy, developmental disability, feeding disorder, limb deficiency, myelodysplasia, neuromuscular disease, rheumatic disease, seizure disorder, spinal cord injury, stroke, ventilator dependence, and other congenital or acquired disabling disorders.
We are accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Rehab Brochure
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Recreation Resource Guide
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The center offers consulting medical services in more than 40 pediatric specialties. An individual, comprehensive treatment plan is developed for each patient and frequently reviewed by the interdisciplinary team. Discharge planning incorporates school planning, vocational referrals, community reintegration and access issues.

The comprehensive rehabilitative services and compassionate care provided by the center’s dedicated staff have dramatically improved the quality of life for thousands of children. We are extremely proud of our past accomplishments, but we never lose sight of our goal — "healing one child at a time.”

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

The goal of the center is to provide family-centered, comprehensive pediatric rehabilitative care in which the interdisciplinary team maximizes the development of independent and productive life skills through training.

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 is important to the success of the program.

Family members are encouraged to attend therapy sessions with the patient to foster success in rehabilitation and reintegration into the community, school and vocation as appropriate.
Rehab Brochure
Read CeCe's Story

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 program is reviewed and updated at regularly held staff meetings. The family is encouraged to interact with the rehabilitation team frequently, is kept informed of progress and is asked to provide input into the treatment plan. The team uses a nurse case-management approach to coordinate treatment plans with the child, family, physicians and team members.

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

Rehabilitation Program Facts

  • In 2013, the rehabilitation program serviced individuals from 33 parishes, 4 counties in Mississippi, 1 county in Texas and 1 county in California
  • 100% of survey respondents indicated they would recommend our rehabilitation facility.
  • The WeeFIM (Functional Independence Measure for Children) measures self-care, mobility, and cognition. In 2013, we reported to WeeFIM a total of 71 patients with an average age of 9 years old. Our admissions rating total was 45 and discharge rating was 64 with a total gain of 19 points. Our average length of stay was 23 days across all diagnoses.

Family Comments


  • "Our care was wonderful. Our son made huge strides in rehab and we are forever grateful."
  • "We are very pleased with the care we received from everyone at Children's Hospital. We were there 2 whole months and everyone went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and at home. We would definitely recommend Children's Hospital."
  • "Our son has surpassed all goals and expectations, and we are thrilled with his progress."
  • "Everyone of the therapists were great with him. They showed him love and lots of encouragement. We would definitely recommend Children's."


For more information or to refer a patient, please contact Lynn Kaska at (504) 896-2177 or
Rehab Annual Reports

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Children's Hospital Rehab Annual Report 2013

Children's Hospital Rehab Annual Report 2013





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