Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital

About Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital

At Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, we provide specialized inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative services to our patients, serving Colorado, Wyoming, and Western Nebraska . We see patients who often are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions.

Our hospital is located in Johnstown, Colorado at the I-25/Hwy 34 interchange. We are a member of a larger network of rehabilitation and long-term acute care hospitals through Ernest Health , but are managed locally to best meet the needs of our own community. By being a member of Ernest Health, we are able to share information, knowledge, and resources with all our hospitals so we can continually evaluate and improve the delivery of care to our patients.

These efforts have earned us national recognition as a healthcare leader 12 years in a row (2006-2017), allowing us to provide the highest level of available care to our patients in our own community. We consider it a privilege to be able to offer this high-level care and are honored to be a vital part of the Northern Colorado community that we serve.


Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital is part of Ernest Health. Ernest Health provides specialized medical and rehabilitative services to our patients through our rehabilitation and long-term acute care hospitals. We treat patients who often are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries or illnesses, or from chronic or complex medical conditions.


At Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, we are committed to being good neighbors and responsible corporate citizens in Johnstown, Colorado and surrounding areas.

We do this through not only the healthcare services we provide, but through our philanthropic efforts.

At Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital, we are pleased to offer our patients the latest in rehabilitative technology through the Bioness® program. This allows us to enhance our patients' treatment options and results.


Our current Bioness® technology helps patients regain lost mobility or movement in their hands and feet. This system is especially useful for stroke patients, those who may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and patients with partial spinal cord injuries. The system uses electrical stimulation to help patients regain more muscle control, which in turn, gives them more function and mobility.

The Hand Rehabilitation System is easy to use and has been shown to facilitate the use of hand function not only during the acute phase of recovery for stroke patients and those suffering from a brain injury, but also in select patients whose injuries are years old.

The Foot Rehabilitation System is wireless, low-profile, and lightweight. It consists of three components: a gait sensor that's worn in the shoe, a wireless stimulating leg cuff worn below the knee, and a clinician-programmed control unit. This technology allows the patient to achieve a more-normalized gait on changing terrains and at varying speeds.

Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital was the first to offer this technology in Colorado.

LiteGait® is a gait training device that our staff uses to help patients comfortably walk in an environment free from falls. The system simultaneously provides proper posture, reduces weight bearing, eliminates concerns for balance, and helps in the training of lower body movement.

Its unique harness design creates and ideal environment for treating our patients who may have a wide range of impairments and ability levels. By allowing an increase or decrease in the weight-bearing load on the weaker side of the body, we may be able to begin gait training earlier in the rehabilitation process and at a lower weight-bearing level.

Dynavision (D2™) is a device to improve our patients' visual and motor abilities that have been compromised by injuries or diseases. With each patient requiring a personalized rehabilitation program, Dynavision enables our staff to customize programs to best meet each of our patient's needs.

The unit can be used to improve visual motor skills such as localization, fixation, gaze shift, and tracking. While using Dynavision, our patients can improve peripheral visual awareness, visual attention and anticipation, and improve eye-hand coordination and visual-motor reaction time.

For our patients with motor impairments, Dynavision can be used to increase upper extremity range of motion and coordination, muscular and physical endurance, and improve motor planning. Dynavision can be used to successfully improve abilities in patients with limitations from stroke, head injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and orthopedic injuries.

VitalStim® Therapy
The VitalStim® Therapy System is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy provided to our patients who have dysphagia or trouble swallowing. The therapy is used in conjunction with swallowing exercises. By combining VitalStim and traditional therapy, we can accelerate strengthening, restore function, and help the brain remap the swallow.

Research supports the combination of these therapies to improve treatment outcomes. It has been shown to be safe and effective for patients, speed the recovery time from a restricted diet, and help patients achieve sustained improvements and long-term results.

UC Health Medical Center

MCR has two intensive care units, a birthing center and a special care nursery, a medical nursing unit, a surgical nursing unit, and full-service radiology and laboratory departments. The hospital also is home to Air Link, which is UCHealth's emergency medical, critical care air transportation program.

Surgical services include general surgery, cardiothoracic, orthopedic trauma and neurological trauma. Robotic-assisted surgery also plays a prominent role in patient care. MCR also includes an acute dialysis unit.

Whether you're a guest or a visitor at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins or Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland ( view the MCR patient guide ), our goal is to deliver world-class care and customer service that exceeds your expectations.

Our doctors and nurses will make sure you receive the best possible care. Our staff and volunteers will do everything they can to make your visit comfortable. Our hospitals offer amenities such as free wireless Internet, kitchens and lounges.

If there's anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable, please don't hesitate to ask . We're here for you.

Once your doctor refers you for surgery or a procedure at Medical Center of the Rockies or Poudre Valley Hospital, your doctor's office typically will schedule a pre-admission appointment for you. This appointment is required before surgery.

Call 970-624-1500 as soon as possible to schedule your pre-admission appointment if your doctor's office has not done so already.

During this appointment you will:

  • Meet with an admissions clerk to verify that all paperwork is accurate
  • Learn the total out-of-pocket expense of your procedure
  • Meet with a pre-admission nurse who will explain what to expect the day of surgery and which currently prescribed medications can be taken before the surgery

You may also complete any required diagnostic tests after meeting with the nurse. Ask your doctor if you can eat or drink before your appointment.

Who's on your team can mean the difference between staying sidelined and getting back on your feet. Whether you need immediate emergency care, an after-hours prescription or lab services that fit into your schedule, UCHealth is by your side to get you back in the game.

Designed to reduce emergency wait times and increase patient comfort and convenience, UCHealth Emergency Room features more than just emergency care:

  • The only retail pharmacy in the area open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Full-service outpatient laboratory open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Diagnostic imaging including CT, X-ray and ultrasound
  • SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) program
  • 12 private, spacious emergency exam rooms

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  • (970) 622-8600
  • 1450 Cascade Ave.
  • Loveland, CO 80534

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