UC Davis Health opens Sacramento’s first rehab hospital

Partnership between UC Davis Health and Lifepoint Rehabilitation brings state-of-the-art inpatient care to medical center campus


UC Davis Health announced today the grand opening of a 52-bed rehabilitation hospital on the Sacramento medical center campus. It is the first such freestanding facility in Sacramento County and represents a second fully licensed hospital on the UC Davis Sacramento Campus. 

The 58,000-square-foot facility more than doubles the inpatient rehabilitation capacity formerly available at UC Davis Medical Center. It is equipped with leading-edge amenities and adaptive units where patients can practice typical activities of daily living. The rehabilitation hospital also includes a 12-bed brain injury unit and four private rooms for bariatric patients.

Seven men stand under a balloon arch at a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Ribbon cutting officially opens Sacramento’s first freestanding inpatient physical rehab facility

“As the first freestanding inpatient physical rehabilitation facility in Sacramento, this new hospital opening on our campus not only reflects UC Davis Health's commitment to saving lives, but also highlights our commitment to helping patients achieve the best function possible as they recover from a serious injury,” said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health and vice chancellor for human health sciences. “Our Level I trauma center and Comprehensive Stroke Center deliver outcomes that are nation leading, and we are thrilled that we can now discharge those patients to a bright and uplifting new facility sporting the best rehabilitation specialists in the region."

Dr. Lubarsky
As the first freestanding inpatient physical rehabilitation facility in Sacramento, this new hospital opening on our campus not only reflects UC Davis Health's commitment to saving lives, but also highlights our commitment to helping patients achieve the best function possible as they recover from a serious injury.” David Lubarsky

The hospital, located at the corner of Broadway and 49th Street in Sacramento, also features:

  • Aquired brain injury unit with private dining and therapy gym
  • A specialized suite with a therapy kitchen and laundry area to simulate a home to prepare patients for their daily living tasks before they are discharged 
  • Therapy gymnasiums outfitted with the latest technology in therapy devices, including augmented reality balance training, therapy bionics and a full-body exoskeleton
  • Dialysis suite
  • Therapeutic courtyard with bocce ball, pickleball, nature therapy, seating options and walking paths on varied surfaces

“We are proud to celebrate the opening of the UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Brad Simmons, COO of the UC Davis Health Hospital Division. “Through our partnership with Lifepoint Health, we are able to provide the services and care that our patients need. This leading-edge facility is a reflection of the health system’s commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients, the community and the region.”

The hospital was developed by Lifepoint Rehabilitation, which operates more than 35 freestanding rehabilitation facilities in 19 states. The hospital is staffed by employees from UC Davis Health and Lifepoint Rehabilitation.

“This hospital reflects our commitment to meet the needs of our community,” said Dennis Sindelar, CEO of UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital. “Patients throughout Northern California will now be able to benefit from the intensive rehabilitation necessary to speed recovery and return home.”

Lifepoint Rehabilitation is known for its inpatient care model. It focuses on acute rehabilitation and recovery for patients who suffer from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, complex neurological disorders, orthopedic conditions, multiple traumas, amputation and other injuries or disorders.

interior of the rehab hospital
Visitors tour the facility’s 3,100-square-foot physical therapy gym.

“We are pleased to welcome patients to UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital as we bring our evidence-based framework for inpatient rehabilitation care to the Sacramento community,” said Russ Bailey, president of Lifepoint Rehabilitation. “We know that high-quality, patient-centered inpatient rehabilitation care has a profound impact on the lives of those recovering from illness, injury and surgery, as well as those managing chronic conditions. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure our patients return home to their families and resume their normal daily activities more quickly. We look forward to continuing this important work alongside UC Davis Health as we advance our mission of making communities healthier.”

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation leads rehabilitation at UC Davis Medical Center. The department provides compassionate delivery of the highest quality patient care, state-of-the-art education of students, physicians, clinical investigators and works with allied health providers to offer the greatest service to the local and global community.

UC Davis Rehabilitation Hospital is now accepting patients at 4875 Broadway in Sacramento. For more information visit the new hospital’s website.

About UC Davis Health

UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community.

About Lifepoint Rehabilitation

With more than 35 freestanding inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) across 19 states, Lifepoint Rehabilitation is a partner of choice for many major hospital systems in the creation of joint venture operations that are industry-leading in clinical and financial outcomes. Through its IRFs and more than 300 hospital-based rehabilitation units, medical/surgical and outpatient therapy settings, Lifepoint Rehabilitation brings proven rehabilitation management and services expertise to help patients recover and return home quickly from a number of conditions, including strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, amputations and trauma. Lifepoint Rehabilitation is a business unit of Brentwood, Tennessee-based Lifepoint Health.