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Marianjoy Benefits the Community

Specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital & Clinics, Inc. is a non-profit specialty hospital established by the Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary of Wheaton, Illinois. 

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital & Clinics are part of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare system, a religiously sponsored healthcare system.  In keeping with the mission of this system, Marianjoy is committed to living out the healing ministry of Jesus by providing exceptional, compassionate and cost effective rehabilitation medicine healthcare and related services that promote the dignity and well-being of the people Marianjoy serves in its community.

Marianjoy is the only inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the far western suburbs of Chicago, and therefore represents only one of three free-standing acute medical rehabilitation hospitals in the Chicago area. 

In addition to its inpatient hospital services in Wheaton, Marianjoy also offers rehabilitation services in six counties surrounding DuPage including Cook, Kane, DeKalb, McHenry, Will, and Lake. Marianjoy provides outpatient programs in Wheaton, Oakbrook Terrace, Downers Grove, Oak Park, Aurora, and Palos Heights. Marianjoy also offers medical and rehabilitation management oversight at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Rush Oak Park Hospital. It provides subacute care and rehabilitation programs in Wheaton, Downers Grove, and Palos Heights. Marianjoy Medical Group physicians provide service to patients in more than 30 acute, subacute, and outpatient locations across the greater Chicagoland area. 

Serving Children and Adults

Marianjoy uses a multi-disciplinary based approach for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, neuromuscular disorders, and musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions including joint replacement.  Patients are referred to Marianjoy by their physician for rehabilitation services typically following a patient’s acute-care hospital stay in order to improve functional independence.  

Marianjoy treats both children and adults with comprehensive levels of care including inpatient, subacute, outpatient, day rehabilitation, and physician clinics.  Annually, Marianjoy treats approximately 2,400 patients at its Wheaton inpatient program and managed an additional 48,837 outpatient visits in FY 2011. 


Marianjoy’s comprehensive rehabilitation programs and services include the following:

  • Assistive Communication and Daily Living Center
  • Balance and Vestibular Center
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
  • Driver Rehabilitation Center
  • Gait Analysis and Mobility Center
  • Integrative Pain Treatment Center
  • Lymphedema Prevention and Treatment Program
  • Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Program (treats Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré)
  • Orthopedic/Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program (treats hip and knee replacements, amputations and multiple traumas)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Program (treats diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disorders)
  • Post Concussive Institute (treats treatment of traumatic brain injury)
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics Center
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program (including paralysis due to injury and disease)
  • Stroke Rehabilitation Program
  • Swallowing Treatment Center
  • Wheelchair and Positioning Center

In addition to physical medicine and rehabilitation care, Marianjoy is a community resource and benefits individuals with disabilities and the population at large. Through a wide variety of programs encompassed by Marianjoy, the physicians and clinical staff provide their highly specialized expertise to improve the health of people with disabilities and reduce health disparities.

In keeping specifically with the Healthy People 2020 goals for the nation, the Marianjoy seeks to develop and collaborate with community initiatives that support the following four overarching goals:

  1. Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death;
  2. Achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups;
  3. Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all; and;
  4. Promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

Marianjoy Benefits High-Risk Populations and the Community at Large

An estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population is limited by a self-reported disability. Furthermore, individuals with disabilities are at a significantly higher risk of unemployment.  Given these facts, Marianjoy benefits the community by addressing the healthcare and related needs of the primary populations it serves, with a special focus on serving those populations with the highest risk of disability, including but not limited to the poor, high-risk children, and older adults.   

In accordance with the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities four specific goals for the nation have been set to improve the health and wellness of persons with disabilities.

GOAL 1: People nationwide understand that persons with disabilities can lead long, healthy, productive lives.

GOAL 2: Health care providers have the knowledge and tools to screen, diagnose and treat the whole person with a disability with dignity.

GOAL 3: Persons with disabilities can promote their own good health by developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

GOAL 4: Accessible health care and support services promote independence for persons with disabilities.

In response to this Call to Action, Marianjoy seeks to treat the whole person and promotes “ability” awareness by teaching the community to see an individual’s abilities, not just the disability, while ensuring accessible health care and wellness services for persons with disabilities.

The Illinois Disability and Health Partnership has called upon partnerships with state and local agencies, community organizations in public health and disability venues, and individuals and organizations working in the fields of disability advocacy, health promotion, public health, rehabilitation, assistive technology, recreation and other relevant fields to assist in reducing chronic conditions and promoting the health and wellness of people with disabilities.


Marianjoy’s Community Benefit Plan in Action

The key components of Marianjoy’s Community Benefit Plan are as follows:


Marianjoy’s Community Care Program:  Marianjoy provides medically necessary health care services to people in the communities it serves; no persons may be denied emergent or urgent care or receive less than the appropriate level of care based on ability to pay.

Charitable Assistance for Assistive Devices Program:  Marianjoy provides charitable support to individuals who do not have access to assistive devices or technology.  This program is operated out of a center located in Wheaton, Illinois where patients can practice on and learn how to use assistive technology for diverse rehabilitation needs. 

Professional Training, Education Clinical Research Activities:   Marianjoy’s professional educational programming includes a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program, as well as clinical experiences for students in nursing, allied health professionals, social workers, pharmacists and dieticians.  For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, Marianjoy trained 19 residents.  Marianjoy clinicians continue to support multi-center research projects and share evidence based best practices with clinicians across the nation in order to cultivate a culture of quality and excellence.


Advocacy:  Marianjoy advocates for our patients, the community, and the other individuals living with a disability through a variety of programs, which are designed to encourage those we serve to continue working, living independently, and pursue education.  These programs and activities include: 

  • Vocational Assistance through -- Marianjoy sponsors, an award winning job opportunity website which is designed to help individuals with disabilities find employment.  This program matches job seekers with a single point of contact to reach both employers and employment programs. 
  • Driver Rehabilitation Vehicle Modification Program – This program gives individuals living at or below the poverty level the opportunity to drive again.  All participants are unable to drive a regular vehicle and, through this program, are provided the adaptations or conversions needed to make their vehicle accessible and drivable.
  • Advancing Continuing Education for Students with Physical Disabilities.  The Marianjoy Scholarship Program awards approximated $50,000 to over 22 students with disabilities who are seeking to pursue their educational goals. This program has awarded nearly $600,000 since 1997.
  • Community Support Groups -- Marianjoy sponsors a variety of support groups where former patients, their families and caregivers can share experiences, learn about resources, and network. Some of the groups include Amputee, Aphasia, Guillain-Barre, Brain Injury, Chronic Pain and Stroke.  New to 2012 is a recently formed  “Mom’s for Marianjoy” group that will host educational and service oriented programs to help parents of children with chronic diseases identify needed resources and network as a community on behalf of children with special needs. These programs are free and open to the general community.  Over 45 support group programs are offered annually.
  • Food and Coat Drives – Each year staff members organize food and clothing drives to support needy individuals and families within the community.
  • Community Education Programs
    • Library access for patients and families seeking additional information and resources
    • Tools and education to assist people with disabilities to properly monitor medications taken and dosage requirements.
    • Preventive classes that promote strength and flexibility in order to protect against disability and enhance functional independence.
    • Education materials mailed to high-risk individuals, patients, families, and caregivers.
    • Provide collaborative support to non-profits, foundations and government agencies who reach the disabled and other high-risk populations.  A list of the groups is as follows:
    • Access DuPage was launched in February, 2002. This program delivers basic medical services to the county's uninsured residents who lack access to health care. The goal is to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care that addresses the full continuum of health care from prevention to diagnosis and treatment. The current capacity is 6,400 patients.
    • DuPage County Para-Transit Advisory Board
    • Giving DuPage Steering Committee
    • DuPage Workforce Board
    • DuPage County Senior Fair
    • West Suburban Philanthropic Network
    • Project Renewal for Disabled

Marianjoy developes a comprehensive Community Benefits Plan annually. For a copy of a complete plan, or if you have any questions regarding Marianjoy Community Benefits, please contact:






Denise LeBloch

Vice President, Marketing and Executive Director, Marianjoy Foundation    

(630) 909-7104











Marianjoy 2012 Community Benefits Report

View the 2013 Wheaton Franciscan Annual Report

View the 2013 Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Community Benefit Report

Patient Financial Assistance - Community Care Program