Planning Your Stay


What to Pack

  • Comfortable clothes to exercise in (such as t-shirts and lounging pants)
  • A lightweight jacket or sweater (zip up or button down preferred)
  • Undergarments
  • Sneakers and socks (shoes with backs appropriate for exercising)
  • Toiletries: Some standard toiletries will be provided such as a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, and body wash/shampoo soap. Patients are encouraged to bring in their preferred toiletries and makeup from home.
  • Electric shavers
  • Patients are encouraged to have their dentures, glasses, and hearing aids for improved safety and communication but are personally responsible for their items.

Length of Stay

Your length of stay will be based on your physical and medical needs and the level of function you need to achieve to go home. This can be discussed with your physician in greater detail. On average, patients stay 10-14 days.


Visiting Hours

We believe families and caregivers are an integral part of the healing process.  Families and caregivers are always welcome to provide emotional support and comfort.  Patients will be in therapy throughout the day broken into various sessions, generally from 6:30am-4pm.  You are more than welcome to wait in patient’s room or in our family area until your loved one has completed each session and spend time with them until the next session begins. Patients receive their therapy schedules each morning to help communicate to their visitors the best times to visit.  Families and caregivers that will be assisting patients upon discharge will be offered private one-to-one training sessions with the therapists and loved one prior to discharge to ensure a safe discharge home.



All patients have a room phone that may be called directly within the hospital or externally. If you are attempting to reach your family member please dial (561) 737 – 7733 and then dial 1+room number to be transferred to their room phone. If you do not know the patient’s room number you can hit “0” at any time to speak with an operator and be transferred or call the Cornell front desk at x83970.

Long distance calls may be received but not dialed from the room phone. Patients may use calling cards or make collect calls to make long-distance phone calls. Pay phones are also available on the first floor near main entrance of the hospital.


Sending Mail & Flowers

Hospital volunteers deliver mail and flowers to patients every day. Any questions or concerns about mail and flower delivery can be directed to the Volunteer Office by calling 561-737-7733, ext. 84468.

Bethesda Hospital East – Cornell Rehabiliation

2815 S. Seacrest Boulevard

Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Phone: (561) 737 – 7733 x83970

The Auxiliary-operated Gift Shop  is located on the first floor by the Main Lobby. Visitors may purchase flowers, balloons, candy, stuffed animals and an array of gifts including magazines and greeting cards. All proceeds from the Gift Shop go to support patient care needs at Bethesda Hospital East. Gift Shop hours are: Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To order a gift for a patient in the hospital, call the Gift Shop during business hours at 561-737-7733, ext. 84469.


Internet access

Free guest WIFI access is available to phones, tablets, and laptops brought from home. Patients are personally responsible for any electronics they bring from home.



A laundry facility is available on the unit for use free of charge. Patient and family are responsible for their own laundry but staff can assist as needed. Laundry can be incorporated into occupational therapy when appropriate.


Chapel/Spiritual visits

Bethesda recognizes the religious faiths of its patients and visitors. Please notify your nurse if you would like to speak with a minister, priest or rabbi. In addition, Bethesda provides a Prayer Room located on the first floor across from the Gift Shop.



The Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine utilizes the Bethesda East kitchen to provide our patients three meals a day. Meal orders are personally taken in person or by phone for each day. Patients have choices from a provided menu and are not limited to a singular meal of that day. Patients are encouraged to eat in our community dining room with patients and their family. Meal times are scheduled in line with daily therapy schedules. Meals provided are designed by our registered dietitian and speech pathologists in collaboration with the rehabilitation doctor as appropriate.


For the convenience of our visitors, Bethesda Hospital East offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Dining Room located on the lower level. The hours of operation are:

  • Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Looking for a cup of coffee or a quick bite to eat? Dunkin' Donuts is open 24 hours in the Main Lobby.

Water, soft drink and snack vending machines are located in the Cornell dining room and near the Emergency Department waiting room. 


Notary Public

The services of a notary public are available free of charge to guests in the hospital, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call Health Information Management at 561-737-7733, ext. 84271.


Smoke-Free Policy

Bethesda Hospital East is committed to the promotion of good health. In compliance with Florida's Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the hospital.


Automated Teller Machine

An ATM machine is located on the first floor near the main entrance of the hospital


Parking and Entrance for Visitors

Free valet parking is available for patients and visitors Monday through Friday at three locations: the Main Entrance of the Hospital from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; the Outpatient Pavilion from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and the Emergency Department from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All of the parking lots and garage are free to visitors.

During the week, Monday-Friday, the closest entrance is to enter through the Outpatient Pavilion then take the elevator to the 3rd floor. This entrance is closed on weekends and visitors should enter near the emergency department and take the elevator to the 3rd floor then turn right to enter Cornell Rehabilitation.


Continuing Your Therapy as an Outpatient

When inpatient rehabilitation is no longer required, the patient’s physician and rehabilitation team may recommend that therapy be continued in an outpatient setting.  Bethesda Outpatient Rehabilitation is here to help patients make a smooth transition back to daily life by offering four convenient locations to help them continue their recovery. Your case manager can assist you as your physician prescribes.