Select Medical Rehabilitation - Springfield

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Hospital Access
Upon entering the hospital, use the phone handset to be admitted. Sign in at the reception area.
Visiting Hours
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily
About Us

About our hospital

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Select Medical Rehabilitation – Springfield is a 16-bed medical rehabilitation unit, also known as an acute rehabilitation unit, that helps individuals regain function and rebuild their lives following injury or illness. Select Medical Rehabilitation – Springfield is housed within Select Specialty Hospital – Springfield, a 60-bed free-standing critical illness recovery hospital, located approximately two blocks east of Cox Health Hospital South.

Every patient has individualized rehabilitation needs, goals and hopes for the future. To that end, Select Medical Rehabilitation measures and monitors our patients’ outcomes to gauge how well we are helping individuals reach their milestones.

View our 2023 patient outcomes report.

Select Medical Rehabilitation – Springfield abides by the Compassionate Care Visit Guidance provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Dining options

Hospital cafeteria hours are Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Local hotels and restaurants

There are a number of hotels and motels near our hospital (some of which may offer special rates to our guests), along with a wide range of restaurants and dining options.

The Four Whys

Four Focus Areas of Recovery

The Four Whys of Inpatient Rehabilitation

Play the accessible version of the “The Four Whys of Inpatient Rehabilitation” video

We specialize in treating patients recovering from a range of medical issues including stroke, brain or spinal cord injuries, surgery or chronic medical conditions. Our multidisciplinary care teams assess patients and develop personalized treatment plans to meet patient needs, with a goal of improving their independence and returning to daily life. This brief video outlines the four core aspects of our hospitals' approach to inpatient rehabilitation.


We help patients strengthen muscles that aid in self-care activities, balance improvement, coordination and endurance.

We focus on patient mobility because it can increase:

  • Ability to return home
  • Independence
  • Ability to perform other rehabilitation activities
  • Quality of life
  • Ability to return to work, school, community and daily routines


We work on strengthening and controlling facial muscles to help create sounds for speech and enunciation, finding words, understanding others, reading, writing and communicating.

We focus on restoring speech because:

  • Speech provides dignity, allowing patients to participate in their own care, express their wishes and communicate with family members and others.
  • Patients who can speak are less likely to experience depression and anxiety.*

*Freeman-Sanderson et al., J Crit Care, 2016; 33:186-191


We help strengthen muscles to prevent aspiration and improve swallowing, hydration, nutrition and ultimately advance our patients to a normal diet.

We focus on restoring the ability to eat because:

  • Safe swallowing increases the variety of nutritional foods patients can eat.
  • A balanced diet prevents muscle loss and enhances the ability to participate in therapy sessions.
  • “Normal” forms of eating increase a patient’s sense of independence, quality of life and community since many gatherings center around food.

Thinking and cognitive rehabilitation

We address cognitive impairments by actively working with patients to improve their thinking and cognition, and by teaching safety strategies and techniques that help with activities of daily life.

We focus on the importance of thinking and cognitive rehabilitation because it:

  • Improves executive functions such as decision-making
  • Enhances the ability to perform daily tasks and routines
  • Prepares patients to return home and regain their quality of life
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