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William R. Lewis, MD

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Community Hospital’s William R. Lewis, MD Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides multidisciplinary rehabilitation services to individuals who have suffered an acute illness, injury, or accident resulting in significant functional decline.

Our physician-led physical medicine and rehabilitation team is dedicated to providing personalized and patient-focused care. We help you through your recovery with the goal of achieving maximal functional independence.

The IRU serves Monterey County and surrounding communities.

Our quality outcomes

LewisAbout Dr. William R. Lewis

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is named for retired neurosurgeon William R. Lewis, recognizing a lifetime of giving by Dr. Lewis and his wife, Duncan. The Lewises have contributed more than $3 million to Community Hospital and Montage Health Foundation, most of it supporting the work of the IRU. Dr. Lewis was a neurosurgeon at Community Hospital for 49 years.

CARFCARF certification

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) is accredited at the highest level awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, International (CARF). The certification was awarded based on a rigorous peer review process and reflects the quality of the IRU's services to patients who have experienced serious illness or accidents.

Your team and you

The most important member of your team is you.
Many others, however, will be instrumental in your care.

All employees of the IRU are committed to providing high-quality health care services to adult and geriatric patients.

Depending on patient needs, IRU staff may include physical and occupational therapy assistants, nursing assistants, and additional rehabilitation physicians. Services provided may include nutrition services, neuropsychology, orthotics/prosthetics, respiratory therapy, diabetic care, wound care, diabetes care, and palliative medicine.

Orthotics/prosthetics, vocational rehabilitation counseling, audiology, and driver’s education are provided through independent practitioners, as needed, through referrals.

Staffing is based on the number of patients in the unit, diagnosis, severity of injury or issue, patient needs, and intensity of services required by each patient, as well as state practice guidelines following Title 22.

Staff competencies include functional independence measure scoring (FIM), basic life support (BLS), and discipline-specific core and rehabilitation competencies.

The IRU rehab team consists of the following roles:

  • Physiatrist — a board-certified doctor in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation nurse — assists in managing complex medical and rehabilitation care, while focusing on teaching self-care follow-through and guiding you and your family through your recovery process
  • Physical therapist — helps you regain strength, balance, and coordination to restore mobility
  • Occupational therapist — teaches you new ways to perform daily activities such as grooming, bathing, and dressing
  • Speech-language therapist — helps you regain speaking and swallowing functions and cognitive abilities
  • Social worker — helps patients and families adjust and cope with new disabilities, and assists in coordinating your discharge process
  • Clinical dietitian — oversees your nutritional needs, working with other team members to ensure your diet is appropriate for your rehabilitation and medical needs

Your other team — your family
Your family is your major support system. We include them in treatment, education, and planning throughout your stay.

Admission process

To find out if you or someone you know can benefit from our program, call us at (831) 625-4757.

Admission criteria

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Medically stable
  • Requires medical monitoring and 24-hours-per-day nursing care
  • Requires at least two therapy disciplines
  • Has the potential to tolerate 3 hours of therapy each day
  • Has potential to improve function or achieve independence
  • Willing and able to participate in the therapy program

Who we treat

The IRU is here for those who have suffered a loss of function or an impairment due to:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Degenerative neurological disorders such as
    Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Amputation
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Polyarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Orthopedic injury (fractured hip or femur)
  • Other condition that has resulted in a loss
    of independence and mobility


The IRU provides services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Rehabilitation nursing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Physical and occupational therapy Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Speech/language pathology Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Social worker/case manager Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Insurance information

Payer sources include Medicare, Medi-Cal (Alliance), commercial insurance plans, Worker’s Compensation, CHAMPUS/TriCare, and self-pay. Those without insurance are referred to Community Hospital’s financial assistance program and may qualify for free or discounted services. The IRU clinical liaison obtains pre-authorization as required by the insurer for admission to the IRU and discloses the financial impact to the patient and family prior to admission.

IRU, patient room

Your stay in the IRU

View photos of our brand new facility that will accommodate your healing.

View photos of the IRU

Contact the IRU

Phone: (831) 625-4757

Fax: (831) 625-4755

Nursing station: (831) 625-4750

Clinical liaison: (831) 625-4757

Fax for referrals: (831) 625-4755

Discharge planner: (831) 625-4756

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As a tourist destination, the Monterey Peninsula gets thousands of visitors from other countries, and sometimes they come to Community Hospital for help. How do we communicate when English isn't an option? We bring interpreters into the room virtually and visually, through an iPad and a connection to LanguageLine.

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View our video to learn about what we do in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and how we help patients regain maximum independence after a major injury or illness.

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