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Health System’s Inpatient Rehab Unit Receives Accreditation


The Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Western Maryland Health System was awarded an accreditation for three years by CARF, the international accrediting body for rehabilitation facilities.

WMHS s accredited as a hospital inpatient rehabilitation program and as a stroke specialty program. The accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

The CIRU at WMHS helps patients learn how to adapt to changes in their physical abilities due to such things as stroke, orthopedic injury or surgery, amputations, spinal cord injuries, brain tumors or other medical conditions.

During the calendar year 2014, the CIRU at WMHS served more than 250 patients, providing at least two types of therapy services (physical, occupational speech, and language therapy) for an average of three hours a day. The average age of the patients was 74 and the average length of stay was 12 days.

First opening in 1992, the CIRU at WMHS has been continually accredited by CARF since it became eligible for accreditation in 1995.

This article originally ran in CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS in May 2015. 

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