Achieving the Extraordinary
in Rehabilitating Human Potential

Overview & History

For more than 100 years, the Sargent Rehabilitation Center has striven to restore dignity tothe children and adults it serves by helping them regain their independence and achieve the extraordinary.

Sargent Rehabilitation Center GroupThe Center traces its roots back to 1917, when 25 pioneering women opened the Providence School of Lipreading. It incorporated into the Providence League for the Hard of Hearing in 1927 and later became the first rehabilitation technology program offering assistive listening devices. It remained committed to improving the lives of those with hearing disabilities well into the 1950s.

Francis B. Sargent, MD, and Richard P. McMahon, Esq., Past Chairman of the Board

Francis B. Sargent, MD, and Richard P. McMahon, Esq., Past Chairman of the Board

In 1952, following the vision of Francis B. Sargent, MD, the center embarked on a path that led it to become the comprehensive medical rehabilitation treatment center it is today. The goal was to develop a community-based facility that allowed people with disabilities to continue productive living and prevent transfer to long-term care facilities.

The Hasbro Building at Sargent is home to all of our pediatric services and our Textron Building houses adult and adolescent neuro-rehabilitation services.

By the 1960s, the center was offering speech pathology services and developed the first outpatient clinic for adult stroke victims. In 1969, spearheaded by Marilyn Serra, the Center’s current CEO, and her colleagues in medicine and rehabilitation, Sargent opened a language and speech preschool center. By 1975 the organization had expanded its capacity to serve older children within a comprehensive Day School Program.

Throughout its history, the Center has been a pioneer in rehabilitative care. The Center developed the first aural rehabilitation program for the elderly and the first occupational health and safety industrial audiology program. It began its traumatic brain injury program in 1986 and added the adolescent brain injury unit in 1988.

In 1997, Sargent moved to its current facility in Warwick and now occupies 36,000 square feet in two buildings on its 3-acre campus on Quaker Lane.

Today

      The Center concentrates its operations in the areas of neuro-rehabilitation (brain injury, concussion, stroke, injury) audiology (evaluation, hearing restoration) school programs for students with disabilities (pre-school, elementary, secondary and transitional living-community vocational training) and the Regional Resource Center (RRC) (Professional Training, Public Policy Institute, Family Education & Advocacy.) In 2017 Sargent Rehabilitation Center celebrated 100 years of providing comprehensive outpatient medical-educational-rehabilitation services to disabled children, adults and their families. In 2018 a total of 2576 clients/families as well as professionals and community leaders in education and health care collectively received therapeutic/instructional, professional development and consultation from the three centers. Sargent Center serves children and adults from age two to 103 years old! Client demographics are from statewide Rhode Island (87%), Southeastern Connecticut (6%) and Massachusetts (7%). Sargent Center is nationally recognized for it’s expertise in neurological disorders (autism, brain injury, stroke, seizure NOS, sensory-processing, concussion).

    Our expertise has recently expanded to include behavioral health and mental health young adult disorders. We provide what is best described as step-down care. Whether it be a hospital discharge for either a child or an adult requiring a comprehensive, coordinated transitioning of care from the inpatient setting before returning or re-entering the community or a student who has encountered medical, behavioral, diagnostic complications that significantly disrupt learning preventing their benefitting from classroom alternatives offered in public education. We provide coordinated comprehensive medical rehabilitation and education in order to achieve outcomes that result in the advancement to community learning, living and productivity. Our mission is supported by the work at the Regional Resource Center (RRC).

    The RRC opened in 2013 with the purpose to convene knowledge. With its Public Policy Institute, Family Academy, Center for Professional Development and Supporting Schools Project, the RRC is designed as the first statewide comprehensive resource program. The RRC provides leadership in transforming the education, medical-rehabilitation and health care systems by convening stakeholders to collaborate on policies and practices. Local education agencies participate as RRC members with customized technical assistance contracts, conferencing, consultation and professional development. The RRC Policy Institute convenes representation for public/private referrers and purchasers of services, government and legislators to problem solve system issues resulting in a seamless system of coordinated care. The RRC Family Academy gives families a voice and training to influence, navigate, and effectively advocate for families as valued participants within the system of care that impacts their lives. Throughout its history, the Center has been a pioneer in rehabilitative care. The Center developed the first aural rehabilitation program for the elderly and the first occupational health and safety industrial audiology program. It began its traumatic brain injury program in 1986 and added the adolescent brain injury unit in 1988. Whether in need of out-patient neuro-rehabilitation therapy, audiological services, a school placement for a child with disabilities, technical assistance with navigating federal and state education related regulations or family support for a loved one experiencing a medical or education challenge, Sargent Center remains a pioneer for care.

To Contact us

Sargent Rehabilitation Center maintains its campus conveniently located in Warwick Rhode Island at 800 Quaker Lane, at the intersection of interstate I-95 and Route 2.

Contact

Phone: 401-886-6600
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Location

800 Quaker Lane
Warwick, RI 02818
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