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Inpatient Rehabilitation

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is on the main level of Moore Regional Hospital, the flagship hospital of FirstHealth of the Carolinas located in Pinehurst, NC. The center is a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, amputation and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions. FirstHealth provides inpatient rehabilition services within a six-county primary service area, and a secondary service area comprised of 15 counties. 

For more information on FirstHealth Inpatient Rehabilitation call (910) 715-1600 or read our admissions booklet



Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals must meet certain requirements that are not mandatory in other settings such as nursing homes. Learn more about the differences that set hospital inpatient rehab apart from other rehab options. Everyone considered for admission must be able to tolerate a minimum of three hours of therapy per day; need two out of three therapies that are offered (PT, OT and SLP); must have the potential for improvement; and must have an identified caregiver or planned community destination following completion of the program.


the firsthealth advantage

The FirstHealth Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is certified by Det Norske Veritas Healthcare (DNV) and achieved NIAHO® Accreditation requirements. The center has also been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. The center has been CARF-accredited since 1996. This accreditation represents the highest level awarded in rehabiliation care and demonstrates FirstHealth's commitment to offering rehabilitation programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

The FirstHealth mission, to care for people, drives the center's dedication to help patients regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. A comprehensive approach is used with patients and their caregivers at the center. Individuals can expect to receive care from physical, speech and occupational therapists, as well as rehabilitation physicians, rehabilitation nurses, case managers and dietitians. Those served at the center receive at least three hours of therapy five days per week, while under the constant care of registered nurses and with frequent visits by independent, private practice physicians. 

Rehabilitation is covered in full or part by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. FirstHealth has contracts with most major insurance companies and is willing to negotiate with insurance companies as needed. 



  • Fifteen-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF); seven private and four semi-private

Treatment areas include:

  • Large gym for group and individual treatment
  • Simulated grocery store
  • Wheelchair clinic
  • Life skills room with fully functioning kitchen and laundry facilites
  • Outside gazebo and sitting or visiting area
  • Courtyard with pergola and sitting or visiting area


Persons considered for admission must be able to tolerate a minimum of three hours of therapy per day; need two out of three therapies that are offered (PT, OT and SLP); must have the potential for improvement; require close supervision by a rehabilitation physician; require 24-hour rehabilitative nursing and must have an identified caregiver or planned community destination following completion of the program.

For more information on FirstHealth Inpatient Rehabilitation call (910) 715-1600 or read our admissions booklet



Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

FirstHealth of the Carolinas CARF-accredited Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is a program of coordinated and integrated medical and rehabilitation services that are provided 24 hours a day and promote the active participation and preferences of the person served throughout the entire program. The scope and intensity of care provided are based on the medical and rehabilitation needs of the person served. Read about our patient outcomes.


Common impairments treated that are listed below are of recent onset or regression, that has resulted in activity and participation limitations related to a loss of function in mobility, activities of daily living, cognition or communication:

  • Amputation
  • Brain Injury
  • Complex Orthopedic Conditions
  • Debility related to surgical or medical conditions
  • Hip Fractures
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Dysfunction: Traumatic or non-traumatic spinal cord injuries incomplete C6 and complete C7 and below. Patients with incomplete C5 level of injury may be considered for inpatient rehab but must be thoroughly reviewed by the Medical Director. Patients with the following new or worsening comorbidities would exclude patient from the program if therapy participation is prevented or becomes contraindicated:
    • Respiratory complications impacting pulmonary status causing significant respiratory insufficiency/ compromise.
    • Significant cardiac disease that lead to uncontrolled heart arrythmias, heart failure or low ejection fraction.
    • Progressive or active cancer diagnosis.
    • Body weight > 350 Lbs.
    • Any other medical condition listed under the limitations of programs.


Inpatient Rehabilitation Stroke Specialty Program

FirstHealth of the Carolinas CARF-accredited Stroke Specialty Program recognizes the individuality, preferences, strengths, and needs of the persons served and their families/support systems. Read about our patient outcomes.


The program focuses on the unique needs of persons who have sustained a stroke, including:

  • Minimizing impairments and secondary complications
  • Reducing activity limitations
  • Maximizing participation and quality of life
  • Decreasing environmental barriers
  • Preventing recurrent stroke


The stroke specialty program in collaboration with patients and families provides an integrated system of care that is focused on early prevention, recognition, assessment, and treatment of conditions related to stroke and its complications. This is achieved through interventions in the following areas:

  • Promotion of lifestyle changes that focus on reducing the risk factors for recurrent stroke such as diet modification, exercise management, medication management, smoking, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
  • Maximizing functional independence
  • Psychological and social adaptation skills
  • Providing additional support services for community integration and participation
  • Training in assistive devices
  • orthotics and prosthetics for individuals with limb impairments
  • Activities of daily living training such as eating, dressing, grooming, bathing and homemaking
  • Formal falls-prevention programs
  • Cognitive activities for individuals with cognitive impairments
  • Speech and language therapy for individuals with swallowing dysfunction and aphasia
  • Overall mobility, balance and functional training programs


Stroke Education

A program designed to help you understand strokes and how to keep yourself as healthy as possible. Take our online course and join our online stroke support group.


Patient Resources

patient handbook

Download a copy of the FirstHealth Patient Handbook to use a guide throughout your hospital stay. 


Safety is Your Right

Learn more about your rights as a patient, our complaint procedure and other ways we can help you speak up about your care. 


FirstHealth MyChart

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Portable Health Profile

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FirstHealth On the Go

FirstHealth On the Go makes doctors available 24 hours a day for non-emergency medical needs. Meet with a doctor on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. 


Additional Resources 


Acquired Brain Injury

Spinal Cord Injury


Emergency Preparedness


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