Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU)

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU)

The goal of the LECOM Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) is to facilitate a return to home after an acute debilitating illness. We are committed to providing excellent care in a professional, courteous, helpful and cooperative environment.

About Us

The LECOM Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is comprised of 14 beds. This size allows our staff to provide patients with individual care and advanced rehabilitation. Our inter-disciplinary team approach includes board-certified rehabilitation and consulting physicians, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, 24-hour respiratory therapy, nursing, nutritional services, case management and wound care. We treat respiratory failure and ventilator-dependent patients.


Therapy will take place with constant physician supervision in functional training areas, which include a training kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, activity room and physical/occupational therapy gyms. Three hours of therapy are offered to each individual on a daily basis, which enhances a quicker recovery and better outcomes.

Occupational Therapy

Treatment includes patient’s self-care or activities of ADL skills such as bathing, dressing, eating and food preparation. Therapists address cognitive, perceptual and/or visual deficits that interfere with everyday living activities.

Physical Therapy

Treatment includes walking, transfer techniques, wheelchair independence, orthotic and prosthetic training. Exercises are included to improve overall strength and endurance.

Speech Pathology

Therapists provide basic cognitive retraining to increase independence with decision-making, reasoning and memory. The staff also provides oral motor strengthening, swallowing, retraining and written expression training.

Home Evaluations

Therapists may visit a patient’s home before discharge to make recommendations the patient may need at home. Patients may also be allowed to go on a therapeutic leave of absence to visit out in the community to identify any barriers prior to discharge from the rehabilitation unit.

24-Hour Respiratory Therapy

Therapists help strengthen muscles, clear congestion, improve and assist with ventilation and help prevent further respiratory problems, with 24-hour respiratory therapy offered as needed.

For Patients

The rehabilitation team will:

  • Develop a written patient care plan based on the initial assessment and identify patient goals
  • Review the updates of the care plan at regular interdisciplinary care conferences and provide a report card to the patient and caretakers

For Families

Family teaching is offered to ensure a smooth transition to home.


Referrals can be made to the rehabilitation unit directly from home, your doctor’s office, home health, a nursing home or from the hospital, or contact us directly for more information. A rehabilitation liaison can visit the patient at the hospital or at his or her own residence for evaluation and preparation for transition to the rehabilitation unit.

Medical Director

Douglas Fronzaglia, D.O., M.S., MRMC, is board certified in geriatric medicine and internal medicine, with additional certifications in rehabilitation management and wound care.

Contact Us

LECOM Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Millcreek Community Hospital
5515 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
Phone: (814) 969-3911

Parking is free for the convenience of all patients, families and visitors. Visitation is allowed.