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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute outcomes

Quality - rigorous standards, excellent results

Please Note: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute was formed in June 2013 by the merger of Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, whose outcomes are found here, and Courage Center, whose outcomes are on couragecenter.org.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute ensures that patients receive the highest quality care by adhering to the principles set forth by the Institute of Medicine – care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable.

The quality structure includes Program Advisory Councils (PACs) to uphold these principles across the rehabilitation continuum. PACs oversee quality for hospital-based rehabilitation, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, cancer rehabilitation/ lymphedema, spine care and ambulatory programs.

The Institute's commitment to quality improvement, safety and patient satisfaction has been recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Recently, the Institute received the highest level of accreditation for its Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program, Stroke Specialty Program, Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Program and Spinal Cord System of Care.

Accreditation represents substantial conformance to a rigorous set of industry-driven standards. The CARF surveyors mentioned quality as one of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's strengths:

"It is very evident that the organization is committed to providing high quality programs to the persons served through the dedication of an enthusiastic, tenured staff. This commitment is evident from the top down – from the executive leadership, who are committed to providing the necessary resources that support the delivery of care, to the service providers."

Comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation

Number of patients treated in 2013

Number of inpatients

In 2013, Courage Kenny Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation treated a total of 998 patients at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in St. Paul. This graph shows the number of each type of patient served.

Discharge settings

Discharge settings

In 2013, 82 percent of Courage Kenny Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation patients were able to leave the hospital to live in home and community settings. Being able to send more patients to home and community settings resulted in fewer discharges to nursing home and hospital settings.

Average length of stay

Average length of stay

On average, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute patients have a slightly shorter stay than the national average.

Functional change per day

Functional change per day

Patients served in the inpatient rehabilitation programs make substantial daily improvement in their ability to do activities from admission to discharge.

Functional change per stay

Functional change per stay

Patients served in the inpatient rehabilitation programs make substantial functional improvement from admission to discharge. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute patients are discharged at a higher functional level than their national counterparts.

Stroke rehabilitation

Number of stroke patients treated

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides stroke rehabilitation care at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in St. Paul. In 2013, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Stroke Rehabilitation Program served a total of 381 patients.

Discharge settings

Discharge settings

In 2013, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute was able to send 83 percent of stroke patients back to their home and community settings compared to the national average of 67 percent. Being able to send more patients to home and community settings resulted in fewer discharges to nursing home and hospital settings.

Discharge settings

Average length of stay

Average length of stay

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute patients went home three days sooner than the national average.

Functional change per stay

Functional change per day

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute patients' improvement in their ability to do activities is 8.74 points higher than the national average, despite a shorter length of stay.

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides the inpatient component of the Spinal Cord Injury System of Care at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. In 2013, a total of 119 spinal cord injury patients were served.

Discharge settings

Discharge settings

Of the 119 patients served in 2013, nearly 71 percent were able to return to their home and community settings.

Average length of stay

Average length of stay

In 2013, patients with a spinal cord injury at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute were discharged after an average stay of just over 18 days.

Functional change per stay

Functional change per stay

Spinal cord injury patients at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute achieved substantial improvement in function from admission to discharge.

Brain injury rehabilitation

Number of brain injury patients served

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides integrated rehabilitation services for brain injury patients at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in St. Paul. In 2013, the Brain Injury Program served a total of 196 patients.

Discharge settings

Discharge settings
Discharge settings

In 2013, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute was able to send 82 percent of brain injury patients back to their home and community settings. Being able to send more patients to home and community settings resulted in fewer discharges to nursing home and hospital settings.

Average length of stay

Average length of stay

In 2013, brain injury patients at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute were discharged 5 days earlier than the national average.

Functional change per stay

Functional change per stay

Despite a significantly shorter length of stay, patients in the Brain Injury Program were discharged at a higher functional level that those served in other programs nationally.

Patient satisfaction

Willingness to recommend
Overall satisfaction
Respect and compassion

Most patients in the Brain Injury Program during 2013 expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the program.

Patient satisfaction

Overall satisfaction of care


Overall patient satisfaction in 2013 is high with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's inpatient care (CIIRP), stroke program (SSP), spinal cord system of care (SCSC) and brain injury program (BII).

Respect and compassion


Courage Kenny Kenny Rehabiliation Institute programs also received high marks for respect and compassion in 2013.