Webster's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

For more than 35 years, Labette Health has set the standard for rehabilitation excellence. Our Webster Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is a comprehensive medical rehabilitation program that delivers care based on a transdisciplinary team approach. Our physiatrist-led team works with patients and their families to assess needs and determine the most appropriate course of therapy. Team members include:

  • Medical director
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Orthotics/prosthetics consultants
  • Discharge planners

Housed in Labette Health’s third-floor south wing, the Webster Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides services to patients experiencing limitations in self-care; impaired mobility, balance and coordination; limitations in strength and range of motion; cognitive and perceptual deficits; speech and communications problems; and swallowing disorders. Common diagnoses include:

  • Cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
  • Fracture of the femur
  • Polyarthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative joint disease (may include joint replacement)
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Amputation
  • Congenital deformity
  • Brain and spinal cord injury
  • Neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, motor neuron diseases, polyneuropathy, Parkinson’s Disease, muscular dystrophy

We invite you and your family to come to Labette Health's Webster Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit for a tour and to meet our team. Our entire team is committed to your successful completion of your rehabilitation program and your timely return to a more independent lifestyle.


The hardest battles have been given to the strongest warriors.

Destin and Dr. SheltonDestin Downing, an 18 year old high school student from Coffeyville, suddenly lost feeling in his legs and hands after a fall during a typical moment of wrestling around with a friend. Doctors diagnosed him with a cervical fracture between cervical vertebrae levels 5 and 6.

On December 8, 2014, Destin was admitted to the Webster Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) at Labette Health. He arrived on an ambulance cart, unable to walk or close his hands. The IRU staff quickly started Destin on a vigorous rehabilitation routine, under the direction of Dr. Beth Shelton, IRU medical director.

“That first day, I couldn’t even stand. I struggled with rehab. I was an emotional mess,” said Destin. That didn’t stop the nurses and therapists from encouraging Destin to fight hard through his therapy sessions. Even writing the quote above on a whiteboard as a constant reminder of who he is—a warrior.

After 2 weeks, he was walking with a cane. He was able to use his hands again, quickly returning to navigating his phone and iPad. His spirit, determination and attitude amazed the IRU staff. As the skill, compassion and knowledge of the staff amazed Destin.

Dr. Shelton says it best, “Destin is a pleasant young man who was highly motivated to learn about his injury and to recover from it. He soaked up the knowledge like a sponge and was able to relay it to his high school teachers. He became interested in his condition, even looking at x-rays and models of the neck.” Destin won the battle against a life-threatening condition. Back walking the hallways at Coffeyville High School is an incredible young man . . . and perhaps a future doctor.

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