"Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center Awarded Three-year CARF Accreditation"

Local Organization Achieves Highest Level of Accreditation

NCH Healthcare System—Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center Awarded Three-year CARF Accreditation

August 6, 2010 - CARF International announced that NCH Healthcare System—Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs—Hospital (Adults) and Stroke Specialty Program (Adults). The latest accreditation represents a continuation of a 21 year history of accreditation awarded to the NCH Healthcare System since 1989.

This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization's substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving this Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, that its programs and services are of the highest quality, are measurable, and accountable.

As an acute care provider for inpatient rehabilitation, the facility provides rehabilitative services for patients recovering from an acute injury, such as a stroke or trauma, but also for patients with chronic debilitating conditions who want to regain their ability to lead a productive life. Over 1,000 patients are treated at the NCH rehabilitation facility every year.

Approximately 18% of the patients treated at the facility have had a stroke and require an intensive program to regain mobility, self-care skills and their ability to communicate. “These types of conditions not only affect the patient, but also the family. It's important when choosing a rehab provider, the family learns about the outcomes of services provided. For example, the stroke patients served at NCH have a higher functional gain and the percentage of patients returning home is greater than the national average.” offers Heather Baker, Administrative Director of the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, NCH Healthcare System.

Clinical leaders at the rehabilitation hospital pursued a specialty accreditation in stroke rehabilitation this year and achieved the full accreditation award. The staff had focused on prescriptive programming, prevention, support services for families, and the continuum of services for patients transitioning home. “The specialty accreditation is a reflection of professional expertise in rehabilitative medicine that fits with the clinical excellence mission of the organization, and will serve this community very well,” says Heather Baker.

NCH Healthcare System—Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center is a not-for-profit organization, operating at the Downtown campus. The rehab hospital is a 60-bed acute rehabilitation provider serving the community of Naples, and the surrounding region. Visit http://www.nchmd.org/ for more information.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. Visit http://www.carf.org/ for more information.

For additional information, contact Heather Baker at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center at 239-552-7222.

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