Accessibility Statement

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. To do so, we are actively working with consultants to update the website by increasing its accessibility and usability by persons who use assistive technologies such as automated tools, keyboard-only navigation, and screen readers.

We are working to have the website conform to the relevant standards of the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board, as well as the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These standards and guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. We believe that conformance with these standards and guidelines will help make the website more user friendly for all people.

Our efforts are ongoing. While we strive to have the website adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage, please contact so that we may be of assistance.

Thank you. We hope you enjoy using our website.

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Our History

In the 1940s, everyone feared the polio epidemic. This deadly and crippling virus attacked without discrimination, and there was no cure. Thousands died.

Thousands who survived were left paralyzed. At the same time, many soldiers returned from battle in World War II bearing severe injuries.

Detroit was hit as hard as any major city, and desperately needed a way to treat this unusually large population of newly disabled patients. A single facility dedicated to getting these patients to return to their communities at the highest level of independence was needed. It had to treat them, not only physically, but psychologically, socially and vocationally as well.

In 1951, Rehabilitation Institute of Metropolitan Detroit was founded at Herman Kiefer Hospital in Detroit, also home to the Metropolitan Detroit Polio Foundation. The two merged in 1953 and realized that the slate of services offered required more space than the hospital offered. Five years later, a new building went up, and the Rehabilitation Institute moved to its current location on Mack Ave.

Today, RIM is considered a national leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. With its 69-bed inpatient hospital and numerous outpatient sites located throughout southeastern Michigan, RIM is also one of the nation's largest freestanding rehabilitation hospitals.

RIM's mission from the start is still the same: providing quality patient care, academic excellence and cutting-edge research in physical medicine and rehabilitation.