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BLESSING HOSPITAL REHABILITATION SERVICES UNIT
EARNS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION
Blessing Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department has earned a fourth consecutive three-year accreditation of its inpatient unit from CARF, The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
The accreditation process included an on-site visit by CARF representatives. CARF surveyed the rehabilitation program provided at Blessing in depth, Blessing’s commitment to Rehabilitation Services, the knowledge and competence of the staff providing care and the rehabilitation care provided. The three-year designation is the highest level of accreditation an organization may be awarded.
CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization established in 1966 to promote quality services for people with disabilities and others in need of rehabilitation. The benefits of CARF accreditation to the public include the knowledge that the organization’s programs and services have met consumer-focused, state-of-the-art national standards of performance, and that the accredited organization is focused on assisting each consumer in achieving his or her chosen goals and outcomes.
“Attaining CARF standards has helped Blessing’s patients achieve outcomes much better than regional and national averages,” said Stuart Oertli, MS, OTR/L, Director of Rehabilitation Services. “For example, the average gain in functional independence measures shows that our patients have improved by more than 17 percent over the national average so far this year. This has been accomplished despite a length of stay that is three and a half days shorter than other hospitals we are compared to.”
When notifying Blessing of its accreditation, CARF commended the organization for its successful alliance with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Blessing Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services department opened in 1983. It offers inpatient and outpatient treatment of disabilities related to stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, amputation, fractures, multiple trauma and other conditions of the body or nervous system that affect a person’s ability to perform the tasks of daily living. Rehabilitative care helps people compensate for, adapt, and adjust to a disability in order to regain as much independence as possible.
In 2001, the Rehabilitation Services department moved into a newly constructed building which increased the number of available beds to 15, seven of which are private. The unit will add an additional bed in the near future due to an increasing demand for services.
A team of healthcare professionals consisting of the medical director; nurses; physical therapists; occupational therapists; speech-language pathologists; psychologists; social worker; dietician and chaplain provide inpatient rehabilitation care at Blessing. The team works with the patient and their family to set goals and review their progress towards those goals.