Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean
Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean University Medical Center


425 Jack Martin Boulevard
Brick,  NJ 08724

Distance:   Miles
  • Tues
    8:00AM- 4:30PM
  • Wed
    8:00AM- 4:30PM
  • Thurs
    8:00AM- 4:30PM
  • Fri
    8:00AM- 4:30PM

Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean University Medical Center

Key Phone Numbers

Main phone (inpatient rehabilitation): 732-836-4500

Outpatient rehabilitation: 732-836-4640

Prosthetic and Orthotic Lab: 732-836-4511

Comprehensive Inpatient & Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Hackensack Meridian Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Ocean University Medical Center is a 40-bed acute rehabilitation hospital located at Hackensack Meridian Ocean University Medical Center. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care that is human-centered, accessible and affordable. We strive to deliver the best possible outcomes that matter the most to our patients with excellence as our standard. We are one of the region’s premier rehabilitation hospitals, fully accredited by the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Based on the last accreditation in 2017, our Institute was awarded accreditation in the following:
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Adult Program
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Adult Brain Injury Specialty Program
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Adult Stroke Specialty Program
We offer an experienced, energetic team of professionals determined to help patients achieve their highest level of function and independence. The Institute is dedicated to helping patients who have been disabled by disease or injury. Our expert team provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care while individualizing treatment plans based on each patient’s unique needs. Our team combines one-of-a-kind cutting-edge technology and expertise with compassion in delivering the best outcomes to our patients. For outpatient services, please use the parking lot that is in close proximity to the entrance of our Institute or use our valet services.

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation - Available 24/7

Acute inpatient rehabilitation is the highest level of rehabilitative care available. At our Institute, patients who require an inpatient stay are cared for by a highly skilled team including board certified doctors of physical medicine, rehabilitation-certified nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, prosthetists/orthotists, recreation therapists, dietitians, case managers and social workers. The team collaborates to achieve the best outcomes possible for each patient.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

With a full array of services located within one facility, our outpatient program is an excellent choice for patients in the community requiring evaluation and treatment of neurological and orthopedic conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, vestibular disorders, amputee and limb loss, musculoskeletal injuries, arthritis, swallowing disorders and complex medical conditions. Our experienced staff of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists have specialty certifications that allow us to provide the best care for our patients. A unique service we offer to our community is the Behind the Wheel Driver education and Training for readiness to drive post illness/injury. In addition, we schedule wheelchair seating and positioning clinics for specialty diagnoses such as Multiple Sclerosis, ALS and complex medical comorbidities impacting patient function. Our interdisciplinary Outpatient Program model includes physician guidance and support from Licensed Clinical Social Workers. This allows us to offer comprehensive care and resources to the community we serve. Our outpatient team provides the highest quality outcome-based care through one-on-one patient sessions focused on improving function, along with patient and family education to maintain and continue progress  

Aftercare Program for Community

The Aftercare Program is designed to optimize rehabilitative management of orthopedic and neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease as well as amputee rehabilitation. Our physician-directed program maximizes functional recovery while reducing preventable hospital admissions. Patients learn about improving physical function, decreasing pain and community resources to remain active and healthy.

Program goals include:

  • Increase functional abilities and independence
  • Reduce falls at home/community
  • Decrease pain
  • Spasticity management (botulinum toxin injections and baclofen pump management
  • Lifestyle changes to promote health
  • Evaluation for return to work and driving
  • Decrease hospital readmissions

Specialty Rehabilitation Programs Offered by Inpatient and Outpatient Programs

  • Upon admission to our facility, the team sets up an individualized program to meet the physical and cognitive needs of the patient to achieve the highest level of independence possible.
  • We recognize the critical role of social work in helping the patient and family adjust to the injury. Our certified therapeutic recreation therapists work with the team to assist with community reintegration and re-learning adaptive leisure skills. We also provide neuropsychology/psychology services to address the cognitive and behavioral needs of the patient.
  • Our therapy team has specialized certifications in brain injury and neurological disorders to help patients maximize recovery.

  • We offer an experienced, exceptional team of stroke rehabilitation professionals who are determined to help all patients reach their highest level of function after stroke. Medical studies have clearly demonstrated that early, vigorous, inter-disciplinary treatment as well as close medical follow-up to prevent future strokes is the key to achieving optimal recovery.
  • Our team is dedicated to encouraging motor recovery to improve and restore function. Each patient’s care plan includes doctors of physical medicine, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologists and 24-hour nursing care.
  • The team meets with family members to review progress, educate family members and provide suggestions for home modifications if necessary.

  • We offer a holistic team approach in treating chronic progressive/non-progressive neurological conditions. We recognize the need to educate patients and families on disease management and improve the patient’s quality of life for successful return to home.

  • Our highly trained physiatrists work closely with cardiologists, pulmonologists and specialists including oncologists to provide medical management for the patients to maximize their function.

  • Our dedicated staff of professionals to help the patient restore optimal level of function. Our team works closely with guidance from our doctors of physical medicine.

  • We offer comprehensive services including pre-prosthetic training, prosthetic management, gait training and peer mentoring, and are proud to offer our patients an opportunity to participate in an individualized prosthetic and orthotic clinic with the amputee rehabilitation team.
  • Our team includes a board certified physiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, certified prosthetic and orthotic practitioner, patient and their family members. We are affiliated with the Amputee Coalition of America (

  • Upon admission, the team sets up an individualized program to meet the physical and emotional needs of the patient to achieve the highest level of function possible. They also evaluate and prescribe assistive technology including customized wheelchair seating and positioning systems, orthotics and adaptive equipment for patients to achieve independence

  • Our licensed speech language pathologists and occupational therapists are professionals that address areas of problem solving, memory, attention and social interactions. The goals of cognitive rehabilitation are highly individualized, and the team works closely with psychologists and neuropsychologists to help patients achieve the best outcomes. Strategies may include relearning targeted mental abilities, social interaction and pragmatics, and strengthening intact functions.

  • Our therapy team is highly skilled to treat vision and vestibular disorders such as BPPV, vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders. Our team maintains certification standards to meet quality and safety for the community we serve.

  • The evaluation and training is completed by certified driver rehab specialist (CDRS) and includes a thorough assessment of skills required to resume driving.

Rehabilitation Technology Available

Robotic body support training device for gait and balance

A robotic system for rehabilitation of the neurologically impaired arm

Interactive software program incorporated in therapy to enhance visual scanning, eye-hand coordination, visual and auditory sequencing, memory recall, problem solving and reaction time

Neuroprosthetic device to improve foot drop and arm function after a neurological injury

Comprehensive upper extremity program designed to help with recovery of arm function following neurological injury 

A non-invasive electrical device that speech language pathologists use to improve swallowing

Provides real time visual biofeedback and auditory feedback to improve both voice and speech/sound production skills

Therapy ultrasound technology, to promote wound healing

Has a sensor technology that captures patient’s wrist and finger movement while providing a virtual reality experience to improve activities of daily living and upper extremity function

Accreditations and Certifications

  • JCAHO accredited for Stroke and Brain Injury
  • CARF accredited for Stroke and Brain Injury

Rehab Team and Physicians

Doctors of Physical Medicine
  • Board certifications in Brain Injury medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRN) Certified Rehabilitation Case Managers (CCM) including LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) Physical Therapists with Specialty Certifications
  • Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists (CSRS)
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS)
  • LSVT for Parkinson’s disease
  • Vestibular Certifications from Emory University and American Institute of Balance
  • Neurological Clinical Specialist, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Clinical Specialist, Academy of Geriatric Physical therapy
  • NDT/C (Neuro-Developmental Treatment)
  • CPI Certified – Crisis Prevention Institute
Occupational Therapists with Specialty Certifications
  • Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists (CSRS)
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS)
  • Vestibular Certifications from Emory University and American Institute of Balance
  • Certified Manual Therapists
  • NDT/C (Neuro-Developmental Treatment)
  • CPI Certified – Crisis Prevention Institute
  • SAEBO certification
Speech Language Pathologists with Specialty Certifications
  • Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS)
  • MacNeil Swallowing Protocol
  • Vital Stim certifications
  • LSVT for Parkinson’s disease
  • CPI Certified –Crisis Prevention Institute
Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapists
  • Work closely with team to teach patients adaptive leisure skills and assist with community reintegration
Clinical Dietitians Nutritionists
  • Assess patients’ nutritional needs, develop and implement nutrition programs, and evaluate and report the results. They also confer with doctors and other healthcare professionals to coordinate medical and nutritional needs.
Respiratory Therapists
  • Evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists consult with physicians and other healthcare staff to help develop and modify patient care plans.
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