WakeMed News Releases

October 21, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (October 21, 2011) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals today announces its Rehab programs have been reaccredited for three years by CARF International, a human services accreditation agency. WakeMed’s accreditation includes the Rehab Hospital for general rehabilitation and specialty programming in stroke, spinal cord injury care and brain injury rehabilitation, as well as a specialty spinal cord and brain injury day treatment program.

This accreditation represents the highest level awarded and demonstrates WakeMed’s commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. Notably, CARF surveyors made no recommendations, signifying that the on-site reviewers did not identify any areas of nonconformance to the standards. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, as only three percent of CARF surveys result in no recommendations.

“We expected a great result from our CARF survey because of the scope of services we offer and positive patient outcomes we deliver, but a recommendation-free survey is beyond expectation,” commented Beth Rudisill, director, WakeMed Rehab Hospital. “I am so grateful to the staff and leadership for the hard work they put in every day. This three-year accreditation award is validation of that effort.”

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 International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.

About WakeMed Rehab
WakeMed Rehab includes an 84-bed rehabilitation hospital, the largest and most comprehensive inpatient hospital in the area. WakeMed Rehab Hospital's goal is to help people rebuild their health, function and independence. The hospital provides patients with therapy as they incorporate daily living, home management, community access and adapted leisure activities.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

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