Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital


Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital is an acute rehabilitation hospital that is located in the Merrimack Valley to conveniently serve patients in the greater Boston MA area throughout New England.

Our team of interdisciplinary rehabilitation professionals provides inpatient, outpatient, pharmacist, and home health services. Pick from the services to find out why we should be your only choice for rehabilitation in Merrimack Valley.

Comprehensive healthcare services since 1982

We take great pride in our commitment to total patient care, professionalism, and respect, provided throughout the rehabilitation process, helping us restore, as fully as possible, the skills, confidence, and independence our patients need to return to a quality, satisfying life. We have helped thousands of patients return home after an injury or illness, which is illustrated by our superior clinical outcomes.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Here at Bradford, we are equipped to provide complex medical treatments and procedures to patients who are acutely ill, have multiple complications and those who require specialty care and continuous monitoring, within our 35-bed LTACH unit.

Our 25-bed IRF unit is able to manage patients who require a more intense level of rehabilitation, which consists of 3 hours per day, up to 7 days per week.

Our Inpatient Services
  • TBI Program
  • Stroke/CVA Program
  • Amputation/Prosthetic/Orthotic Fitting
  • Orthopedic
  • Neurological
  • Pulmonary/Ventilator/Tracheostomy Care
  • Advanced Wound Care Management
  • Whittier Way
  • Whittier Aquatic
  • SCI
  • Cardiac
  • Pain Management
  • In-House Hemodialysis
  • Telemetry
  • PCA Pumps
  • Heparin Drip
  • IV Antibiotics/IV Steroids
  • Ostomy Care
  • Post-surgical drainage tubes
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • PICC/Midline/Port-a-cath
Our Inpatient Programs
  • Joint Commission Certified Inpatient Pulmonary Program
  • Wound Care Program
  • Acute Rehabilitation
  • Long Term Acute Rehabilitation

Inpatient Pulmonary Program

Our Mission:

Provide interdisciplinary, individually tailored, comprehensive, and efficient care to patients with chronic pulmonary disease.

Assist patients and families in managing their disease or condition.

Promote active participation in decisions and lifestyle changes for success in self-management regimens.

Our Vision:

To continue to be accredited as a center of excellence for pulmonary rehabilitation care.


Patients who return to home setting


Patients who have titrated their supplemental oxygen usage by discharge


Patients who have improved in their 6 minute walk test from admit to discharge


Patients who feel their goals were met and quality of life improved at discharge

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Choose Whittier outpatient for your one to one therapy, our specialty clinics, and our aquatics program. Whether you are referred to us from your primary care physician, our inpatient rehab hospital, or home health agency, the outpatient center at Whittier can assist you with your therapy or medical needs.

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics
  • Neuro Day Rehabilitation
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Driving Evaluations
Our Outpatient Specialized Clinics
  • Wound Clinic
  • Memory Clinic
  • Prosthetic/Orthotic Clinic
  • Seating Clinic
  • Podiatry Clinic


Our Outpatient Programs
  • Neuro Day Rehabilitation Program
  • Joint Commission Certified Outpatient Stroke Program
  • Wound Care Program

Outpatient Stroke Program

Our Mission:

Throughout the comprehensive stroke program, Whittier will partner with our community, local healthcare providers, ara hospitals, and insurers to provide a high-quality program for stroke survivors to maximize recovery.

Our Vision:

To enhance the lives of people who have experienced a stroke through our culture of hope and compassion. We will lead the community in providing superior stroke rehabilitation.


Patients have improved in their 6 minute walk from admit to discharge


Patients have lowered their BP below the AHA target of 140/90 by discharge


Patients working pre-stroke were able to return to work post discharge


Patients driving pre-stroke able to return to driving

Specialty Care Designed for Medically Complex Patients

Our patients (elderly, disabled or acute cases of any age) are admitted following treatment in the traditional acute care hospital when they no longer require intensive diagnostic procedures. The care provided is more individualized and resource-intensive than what is provided in a sub-acute or skilled nursing facility.


Individualized Care Plans
Specialized Therapist Teams
Day to Day Function Re-Training

Joint Commission Deemed Status

The Joint Commission is a national accrediting organization that has been recognized by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), through a process called “deeming,” as having standards and a survey process that meet or exceed Medicare’s requirements.

What does “deemed” status mean?

Deemed status is a prestigious distinction that signifies that the hospital not only meets but exceeds standards set forth by both Joint Commission and CMS.

Patient Testimonials

Our Team

Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital-Bradford is run by Administrator Bob Iannaco, Medical Director Dr. Paul Liguori, and Director of Nursing Jennifer Sprague.

Bob Iannaco, Administrator

Bob Iannaco, Administrator

Whittier Health Network Bradford Rehabilitation HospitalBob Iannaco, PT Administrator Specialty: Rehabilitation Bob has been the Administrator of Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford since May 1998. Before becoming the Administrator, Bob was the Director of...

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James D. Tollman, MD, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine

James D. Tollman, MD, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine

Whittier Health Network Bradford Rehabilitation HospitalJames D. Tollman, MD, MPH Hospitalist Bradford Rehabilitation Hospital, Haverhill, MA Specialty: Internal Medicine Dr. Tollman attended the Tufts University Family Practice Residency program, is a Fellow in...

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Essam Ansari, MD MPH, Director of Pulmonary Program

Essam Ansari, MD MPH, Director of Pulmonary Program

Whittier Health Network Bradford Rehabilitation HospitalEssam Ansari, MD, MPH Director of Pulmonary Program Bradford Rehabilitation Hospital, Haverhill, MA Specialty: Pulmonologist Dr. Ansari graduated from medical school with Honors in 1996, after which he started...

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Jennifer Brown, OTR/L, Director of Clinical Liaisons

Jennifer Brown, OTR/L, Director of Clinical Liaisons

Whittier Health Network Jennifer Brown, OTR/L Director of Clinical Liaisons Jennifer Brown is a 1995 Graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Occupation Therapy. She was hired at Whittier Rehabilitation, Haverhill, in 1995 as a staff...

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Dr. Paul Liguori, MD, MRM, Medical Director

Dr. Paul Liguori, MD, MRM, Medical Director

Whittier Health Network Bradford Rehabilitation HospitalDr. Paul Liguori, MD, MRM Medical Director  Dr. Liguori earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the State University of NY at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his residency in physical medicine and...

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News + Updates

The Differences Between LTACHs, IRFs, and SNFs

When you are a patient at a hospital, following an injury or critical illness, and upon discharge, you still require some additional help and care. There are several different types of facilities that can assist you. These facilities can give you the extra time,...

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Bradford Rehabilitation Hospital

145 Ward Hill Avenue
Haverhill MA 01835
Phone: (978) 372-8000
Fax: (978) 374-4423
Admissions: (800) 442-1717
Outpatient Services: (978) 469-1425
Outpatient Fax: (978) 372-0404
60-Bed Acute Rehabilitation Hospital
Joint Commission Accredited

Directions to Bradford Rehabilitation Hospital

From Route 495 N or S: Exit 48-R125 Ward Hill, Bradford onto Rt. 125 Connector. At the first set of lights turn left into the Ward Hill Business Park EAST, onto “Riverview Street, Ward Hill.” At the stop sign, proceed straight for 0.5 miles to 145 Ward Hill Avenue. Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital is on your left.



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We invite you to visit our Healthcare Centers personally. We think you will agree that they are genuinely very special places. Call us today at (978) 372-8000 to arrange your tour of a facility.

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All COVID negative, COVID recovered, and new admissions with no known or suspected COVID exposure may have prearranged indoor or outdoor visits. The location of these visits will be determined by the facility, subject to the safety and health of the residents. Each visit may last up to 45 minutes. For indoor visits, visitors must enter through the TCU Patio Gate where they will be escorted to the TCU Activity Room to be screened. Upon successful completion of the screening, visitors must remain in the Activity Room for their visitation. At the conclusion of the visitation, visitors must promptly exit through the double doors leading back out to the TCU Patio. For outdoor visits, visitors must enter through the TCU Patio to be screened. Upon successful completion of the screening, all visitors must remain on the TCU Patio. ALL VISITORS MUST BRING AND WEAR MASKS DURING VISITATION. Please contact Joe Cacciatore, Activities Director at (978) 469-1496 in advance to schedule an indoor or outdoor visit.

Since May 8, 2020, Bradford Transitional Care Unit has had 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Bradford TCU has had 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Bradford TCU. On June 11, 2021:

  • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment.  We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
  • 7 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 26 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • It has been 103 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Bradford Transitional Care Unit is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility.