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Published on May 19, 2010

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital Becomes First in Five-State Region to Obtain Prestigious Accreditations for Care of Hospitalized Patients

No Other Facilities in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, West Virginia or Delaware Hold All Four Quality Care Accreditations

Rockville, Md. - Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland has become the first hospital in a five-state area to obtain accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International for care of hospitalized patients in four specialty areas - brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and amputation. Adventist Rehab received its first two designations in stroke and amputation care in 2008 and has received the two additional accreditations - becoming the first hospital in the region to obtain all four.

These designations represent the high-quality, comprehensive care that doctors, therapists and staff at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland provide to patients. Each specialty accreditation will last for a period of three years.

"We are pleased to be the first and only rehabilitation hospital in the immediate region to receive accreditation in these four areas,? said Doris Reinhart, Vice President and Administrator of Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. "These accreditations represent a commitment to delivering high quality care by our team of doctors, therapists and staff."

In order to obtain the CARF accreditations Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital completed a rigorous, peer-reviewed application process as well as a two-day site survey by a CARF team. The process required the Adventist Rehab team to demonstrate the hospital's commitment to providing the highest quality of care for patients with stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injuries and amputees.

Following their visit to Adventist Rehab, the CARF surveyors noted the hospital's brain injury mentor programs as well as the facility's commitment to -improve the independence of spinal cord patients? and to help integrate them back into the community. The accreditations obtained by Adventist Rehab represent the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization.

"These accreditations represent the exceptional, comprehensive care that stroke, amputation, brain injury and spinal cord injury patients receive from the team at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland," said Dr. Terrence Sheehan, chief medical officer of Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. -We work to help these and all of our patients learn how to live with their injuries and conditions and return to high-functioning lives in our community. The accreditations from CARF represent the exceptional quality of the care that our facility is providing to these patients with life-changing conditions.?

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland has locations in Rockville and Takoma Park as well as outpatient locations in Rockville and Silver Spring. The various locations provide a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services including treatment for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes,
amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports-related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders.

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, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. The facility first opened our doors in January 2001 to offer specialized inpatient and outpatient treatment for persons with functional limitations. Services include comprehensive rehabilitation programs for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports- related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is part of the Adventist HealthCare system, which includes hospitals, home health agencies, nursing centers and other health care services.

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