Founded in 1900 as one of the country's first free-standing physical rehabilitation hospitals, Helen Hayes Hospital is focused on a singular goal: helping individuals recover from catastrophic injuries and disabling diseases. Today, HHH is one of the nation's most dynamic and progressive specialty facilities, recognized as a center of excellence in rehabilitation medicine and research. Beautifully situated in Rockland County, Helen Hayes is 35 minutes north of New York City and commands magnificent views of the Hudson River on its 105-acre campus.
The Hospital's 155-bed state-of-the-art facility provides comprehensive medical and therapeutic care to people who have physical disabilities and chronic disabling diseases. The goal is to help people achieve the highest level of independence possible, restoring mobility, functioning and confidence, so they may return to active, healthy lives. Services are offered on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, with a Day Hospital providing intensive rehabilitation without the overnight stay. Outcome statistics demonstrate that the vast majority of patients return home following discharge.
The Hospital attracts patients from a wide geographic area, including New York City, the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey. Each patient is treated by an interdisciplinary team, consisting of specialty physicians, such as neurologists, orthopedists, cardiologists and physiatrists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, nurses, recreation therapists, social workers, dieticians, and other professionals. The team works closely with the patient, family and insurer so that rehabilitation goals are met in a timely and effective manner.
Helen Hayes treats patients with a variety of disorders, including: traumatic spinal cord and brain injury; stroke; hip fracture and joint replacement; cardiac and pulmonary disorders; multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders; osteoporosis; multiple fractures; orthopedic disorders and amputation. Outpatient services include specialty physician services and physical and occupational therapy, outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, wheelchair seating, and speech/language audiology. A satellite outpatient rehab facility is located at Nyack Hospital.
One of HHH's greatest strengths is its diversity of highly specialized and unique programs that offer patients unique opportunities for maximum recovery. These include: Center for Rehabilitation Technology; Prosthetic Orthotic Center; Transitional Rehabilitation Center for individuals with brain injury; Dental & Oral Surgery Service; Aquatic Therapy; Wellness Center; Osteoporosis Center; Adapted Sports and Recreation.
Central to HHH's mission is the role of research in identifying new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injury and illness. The Hospital holds millions of dollars in funding from public and private foundations and organizations to investigate osteoporosis, spinal cord injury, stroke and other disorders, serving as further evidence of its commitment and dedication to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Helen Hayes Hospital is operated by the New York State Department of Health and is member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. HHH is accredited by The Joint Commission, holds a three-year accreditation from the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) and employs approximately 800. It is named in honor of the First Lady of the American Theater, Helen Hayes MacArthur, who devoted 49 years of voluntary leadership and support to its mission.