inpatient rehab at McLaren Bay Region
McLaren Bay Region West Campus
3250 E. Midland Road
Bay City, Michigan, 48706
Phone: (989) 667-6736
Fax: (989) 667-6216

Our 20-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is conveniently located on McLaren Bay Region’s West Campus. Our interdisciplinary team is dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency and maximizing functional ability using a patient-centered approach.  The Unit is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for three years as a Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for Adults, Stroke Specialty Program (Adults) and Amputation Specialty Program (Adults) 


Interdisciplinary Team
Interdisciplinary team includes Physical, Occupational, Speech and Recreational Therapy, Rehab Nursing, Dietary, Social Work / Case Management, Rehabilitation Physician, Internal Medicine, and Neuropsychology,
Neuro Rehabilitation
   •Stroke Rehab
   •Spine Cord Injury
   •Brain Injury
   •Multiple Sclerosis
   •Parkinson's Disease
   •Other Neurological Disorders
Language/Oral Motor
Amputee Rehab
Major Multiple Trauma Orthopedics
Polyarthritis Management
General Medical Debility
   •Neuro Vision and Low Vision Impairments
McLaren Bay Region's comprehensive integrated Inpatient Rehabilitative program provides the following medical services: Diagnostic Imaging (x-rays), Laboratory Services and Pharmacy Services through our own continuum of care on site. For services not located on site, such as MRI, CT and Ultrasounds, patients are transported to the main campus via ambulance services.

Physician specialists are available through our continuum of care and are available to visit the patient on site as needed.

Each specialty department follows it's policies and procedures on response times and tracks it's compliance.

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria: 60% of all admissions to the unit must be from the following rehabilitation diagnoses: Stroke, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Dysfunction (C4 Incomplete & Below; C5 Complete & Below), Major Multiple Trauma, Neurological Conditions, Amputations, Hip Fractures, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cardiac and Pulmonary conditions.

To determine if Inpatient Rehabilitation is the best option for you, please consider the following requirements:

  • Patient is medically stable
  • 24 hr physician availability
  • 24 hr rehabilitation nursing
  • Ability to tolerate a minimum of 3 hrs of therapy per day, 5 days per week
  • Interdisciplinary team approach
  • Reasonable expectation for functional improvement
  • Intended discharge environment must be identified (i.e. home alone, or with caretaker, assistive living or Adult Foster Care)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Inpatient Rehab FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Which health professionals will work with you during your stay at IP Rehab Unit?
  • Daily rounding by Physicians.
  • 24 hour, round-the-clock Rehab Nurses.
  • The Social Worker/Case Manager acts as your advocate while you are on the rehab unit and assists you & your family with coordinating your discharge back home.
  • The Occupational Therapists will work with you on strengthening your arms and helping you to be able to dress, groom, bathe and transfer more independently.
  • The Physical Therapists will work with you on strengthening your legs and help you to be able to get in/out of bed, walk, and climb stairs. 
  • The Recreational Therapist will work with you on modifying your leisure and hobby interests with regard to your disease or limitations. The Recreational Therapist coordinates the Community Outings to help facilitate your return to the community upon discharge. The Community Outings are typically held on Thursday afternoon with a group of 2-4 patients. The group usually goes to a local business or location.
  • The Speech Therapist may work with you on any swallowing problems, facial weakness and thought process problems like memory, problem solving, and attention.
  1. What is a typical day at Rehab?
  • You will get dressed and cleaned up in the morning to prepare for your therapy day.
  • On Monday through Saturday, you will have at least 3 hours of therapy, consisting of occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreational therapy and, if needed, speech therapy. These therapies are split up throughout the day, allowing for breaks and rest periods. 
  • Therapy Hours are typically 7am to 4pm. 
  • Visiting Hours for extended family and friends are after 4pm. 
  • Breakfast is around 8am, Lunch is at 12pm and Dinner is at 5:30pm.


  1. What is the difference between Inpatient Rehab Unit and a Skilled Nursing Facility?

At a Skilled Nursing Facility

  • Therapy is given at a slower pace.
  • Typically, only receive 2 hours of therapy, 5 days a week.
  • Typically, the stay is much longer.
  • Typically, therapy is performed in a Group setting.

At Inpatient Rehab

  • Therapy is given at a more intense pace but still with rest periods.
  • Receive at least 3 hours of therapy per day.
  • Typically, the stay is shorter.
  • Typically, therapy is individualized, based on your needs and goals.
  • The team meets weekly to discuss your care. This includes more intense physician involvement in  your treatment plan.


  1. How long does a person stay at the Inpatient Rehab Unit?
  • The Length of Stay is determined on an individualized basis. Each person is unique and has different needs. These differences are used to determine the appropriate Length of Stay for each patient, usually on a week-to-week basis.



Meet the Team


McLaren Bay Region
West Campus
3250 E. Midland Road
Bay City, Michigan, 48706
Phone: (989) 667-6736
Fax: (989) 667-6216

rehab team
Gretchen Fournier, MSW, Karen Pabalis, MSW, Holly Nickless, OT, Emily Robb, SLP,
Michelle Hentschel, Rehab Aide, Becki McShane, PT, Beth Brewer, OT,
Vickie Sauvie, PTA (seated) and Jackie Irvine, PT, Rehab Coordinator.
Not pictured: Chris Morosi, OT and Annmarie Sitkewicz, TRS.

L-R: Jan Farver, RN, Cheryl Wischmeyer, RN, Pat Miller, Clerk, Bonnie Walraven, RN,
Jennifer Groh, NA, Karen Kennedy, RN, Diane Lobodzinski, Secretary,
Olivia Norgan, NA, Dr. Amanda Schafer, Neuropsychologist.

Rose Smith, Recreational Therapist and Jean Colby, Volunteer and her therapy dog, Joey.