Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland Only Hospital in D.C. Metro-Area, Third in Nation to Earn Specialty Accreditation - Adventist HealthCare

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Published on March 10, 2009

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland Only Hospital in D.C. Metro-Area, Third in Nation to Earn Specialty Accreditation

Montgomery County's Only Acute Rehabilitation Hospital Earns CARF International Accreditation for Amputee Program

Rockville, Md. - Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the only hospital in the Washington D.C. metro area and the third in the nation to be awarded a specialty accreditation in amputee rehabilitation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International.

"We are pleased to be among the first providers in the nation to meet the first established national standards of care for patients who have amputations," said Doris Reinhart, Vice President and Administrator of Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, which is located in Rockville with services also in Takoma Park and Silver Spring.

CARF introduced its amputee specialty standards in July 2007 with input from the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Defense, American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, and persons with limb loss.

The standards, which became effective in January 2008, require accredited amputee programs to provide a holistic, interdisciplinary team approach to care and to offer post-care assistance in transitioning back to the community.

"Traditionally, care for amputee patients has been fragmented and limited, leaving many alone to face the challenge of finding rehab services and returning to the community," said Dr. Terrence Sheehan, Chief Medical Officer for Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland and Medical Director of the ACA, who led the national panel of top limb loss care specialists that provided input for the development of the standards. "These standards help to correct this problem by encouraging programs to provide a continuum of care."

The amputee program at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland has been the area leader since the hospital opened in 2001 and offers prosthetic and orthotics training, health-management education, prevention education, peer-support, family education and connections to community resources. It is also the only hospital in the state of Maryland to earn an amputee specialty accreditation.

According to the ACA, more than 185,000 new amputations are performed each year. It is estimated that 1.7 million people with limb loss live in the U.S. Limb loss can occur due to trauma, infection, cancer and other diseases but is most often associated with vascular disease and diabetes.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. It offers 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 Rehab has locations in Rockville and Takoma Park with outpatient services in Rockville and Silver Spring.

CARF International

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers in the areas of aging services, behavioral health, child and youth services, DMEPOS, employment and community services, medical rehabilitation, and opioid treatment programs. The CARF family of organizations currently accredits more than 5,000 providers at more than 18,000 locations in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and South America. More than 6.5 million persons of all ages are served annually by CARF-accredited providers.

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