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June 02, 2010

Rehabilitative Stroke Program at Rush University Medical Center Recognized for Excellence
 

Inpatient Rehabilitation Program Receives Maximum Three-Year Accreditation

The Johnston R. Bowman Health Center at Rush University Medical Center has received the maximum three-year accreditation from the Committee on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for both its general inpatient rehabilitation program and its stroke specialty program.

Rush has successfully maintained accreditation for many years for its inpatient rehabilitation program, but this was the first time it has been designated a "Stroke Specialty Program (Adults)" under a new set of standards CARF created to recognize excellence in the specific rehabilitative care of persons with a diagnosis of stroke.  Rush's program, the first and currently the only stroke specialty program accredited by CARF in Chicago, is a natural corollary of Rush's standing as a stroke center of excellence.

"Our program showed quality, a clear connection to services within Rush, and a focus on our patients before, during and after their stay with us," said Dr. Anthony Perry, director of the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center at Rush, which provides post-hospitalization inpatient recovery and rehabilitation services.

The Committee on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities is an independent nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.  It accredits close to 47,000 programs and services at more than 20,000 locations in 16 countries.

Accreditation involves an on-site survey to determine whether a facility operates in accordance with CARF's standards of quality, which have been developed over 40 years by international teams of service providers, policy makers, payers, family members and consumers.

The CARF survey team, made up of industry peers, interviews staff, patients and their families; observes organizational practices; reviews appropriate documentation; and suggests ways to improve the provider's operations and service delivery.

The survey team found that patients at Rush benefit from being cared for by experienced and well-trained staff members, with a large proportion of nurses who have earned certified rehabilitation registered nurse certification, a truly interdisciplinary team delivery of care and a strong culture of safety, security and infection control.

CARF also lauded Rush Generations, an innovative program that provides educational opportunities on a wide variety of topics for older adult patients and their families, including talks on persons with memory loss and life after stroke.

 


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