Christiana Care Health System's Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital awarded Three-Year CARF reaccreditation

Aug 16, 2012, 12:23 ET from Christiana Care Health System

Brain Injury program earns accreditation for first time

WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christiana Care Health System's Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital has achieved certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Brain Injury, Amputation and Stroke programs and for Comprehensive Adult Inpatient care. The certification is for the three-year period, June 2012-2015.


This is the first time the Brain Injury program at the Center for Rehabilitation has been awarded CARF certification, the second consecutive time for Amputation and Stroke and the sixth consecutive time for Comprehensive Adult Inpatient care.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation and shows the Center for Rehabilitation's substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation undergoes a rigorous peer review process. The Center for Rehabilitation demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit in June its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. 

"Accreditation from CARF recognizes that our therapists, nurses and the entire interdisciplinary rehabilitation team place the patient at the center of the recovery experience," says Sharon Kurfuerst, vice president of Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Services at Christiana Care. "There is no need for patients to leave the state of Delaware to receive the highest quality rehabilitative care."

"This achievement is an indication of your organization's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served," says Brian J. Boon, PH.D., chief executive officer of CARF in an announcement letter. "Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence."

The Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital is a 40-bed unit that offers a full range of acute rehabilitation services and features the latest in barrier-free and advanced rehabilitation technologies. At 61,000 square feet, the therapy space is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region and includes multiple areas that simulate real world environments, including a residential training apartment that allows patients to practice everyday living skills.

Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of rehabilitation services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.

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SOURCE Christiana Care Health System