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  • Criteria for admission at United or Abbott Northwestern Hospitals

    We accept referrals from doctors, social workers, nurses, therapists, discharge planners, insurers, case managers, patients and family members. Upon receiving a referral for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at United or Abbott Northwestern hospitals, a staff physiatrist (a board-certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation), nurse practitioner, or an access and referral team member will assess the patient's ability to perform everyday activities, identify their rehabilitation needs and determine if inpatient rehabilitation is appropriate.

    Things taken into consideration include:

    • medical history
    • results of consultations, diagnostics
    • therapy and social workers initial evaluations and notes past two days
    • labs and vitals from the last 72 hours
    • list of current medications

    See full list of criteria used to determine admission to Courage Kenny's inpatient rehabilitation program.


    If it is determined that a patient would benefit from an inpatient rehabilitation course, admission to Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is arranged.


    The Abbott Northwestern and United Hospital units have earned accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This means they have met the highest industry standards for quality care and service. Our outcomes and satisfaction often exceed national averages.  Additional details about these programs are in the Scope of Service document.

    Make a referral

    For more information, or to make a referral to the rehabilitation unit at either the Abbott Northwestern or United hospitals, call the Access and Referral Line at 612-863-4457.

    One of our clinical liaisons can arrange an evaluation to determine if your patient is appropriate for admission to the rehabilitation unit. They can also arrange for a tour or obtain insurance authorization.

    Funding sources

    Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute accepts various funding sources including but not limited to private insurance, worker's compensation, self-pay, HMO/PPO, Medicare, in-state Medicaid, out-of-state Medicaid, and CHAMPUS.

    Courage Kenny also accepts patients with no funding but will assist with application for uncompensated care as available for individuals who are uninsured and cannot afford to pay.

    Non-discrimination policy

    The rehabilitation programs at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute do not discriminate towards individuals of varying race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual preference and strive to understand and be sensitive to these characteristics and to patient preferences.

  • Transitional Rehabilitation Program admissions

    Admissions criteria for the Transitional Rehabilitation Program (TRP) in Golden Valley are different than for the hospital-based inpatient units.  See the TRP Admissions page for more information.