Inpatient Rehabilitation and Medically Complex Care

LifeScape’s Fisher Coon Unit is an 18-bed specialty hospital that offers excellent, cost-effective post-acute care to patients from birth through age 21. The unit has two programs: Medically Complex and Inpatient Rehabilitation. The specialty hospital is located at our 26th Street facility in Sioux Falls.  Click on our brochure to learn more!  

Medically Complex Program

This program is for patients with significant medical needs who do not require continuous acute care. Our high nurse-to-patient ratio allows every child to receive individualized attention.

Medically Complex Services

  • IV therapy
  • Nutritional therapy via gastrostomy, jejunostomy, NG or NJ
  • Palliative care
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Skilled nursing observation following casting or surgeries
  • Suctioning, oxygen administration
  • Ventilator use and weaning

Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

This program serves children needing  rehabilitation after accidents, illness, or surgery. Stays are typically short-term for intense rehabilitation to assist the patient in returning to their previous level of function.

The Rehab Team

A pediatric rehabilitation physician, Kate Sigford, MD, leads the rehab team. The team includes pediatric nurses, a physician assistant, Certified Nursing Assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitian, social worker, and care coordinator. The child's team can also include respiratory therapists, orthotist, prosthetist, durable medical equipment specialist, clinical psychologist, music therapist, special education teacher, and behavior analyst. 

Family Involvement

Families are heavily involved in the treatment planning process, goal setting, and treatment sessions. Often, families room-in with the child to provide extra support.

Transition to Outpatient Services

When inpatient rehabilitation is complete, patients can seamlessly transition to outpatient care at our Sioux Falls, Sioux City, or Rapid City location – or to a local provider. We excel at discharge planning.


For information and referrals, contact admissions at 605-444-9556.

What Sets Us Apart


  • We treat children of all abilities, including children with developmental disabilities. Many patients have complex, co-occurring diagnoses.
  • Our professionals have pediatric training and experience in the areas of rehabilitation, medicine, education, psychology/behavior analysis, and other clinical professions – to create a customized treatment plan,involving the patient, as well as family and close friends.
  • Patient rooms can accommodate parents/guardians to stay with their child. The Family Room is a private area for relaxing and enjoying family time.
  • A family apartment is also available on-site to accommodate two or more family members.
  • Rehab patients have access to a simulated home kitchen environment for functional skills, specialized therapy equipment throughout the facility, and a warm water swimming pool as part of their therapy program.
  • Small, family-like atmosphere provides a high level of compassionate support for family members of the patient.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Admissions Criteria

  • Need for ongoing care requiring inpatient hospitalization
  • Medically stable
  • Capable of participation in a minimum of 3 hours of therapy per day
  • Demonstrates potential for rehabilitation and home-like discharge
  • Must be admitted by a primary physician with admitting privileges