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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on April 01, 2013

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland Recognized by State for Innovative Patient Safety Practices

Rockville, Md.Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is being recognized for its innovative patient safety efforts by the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC), a leading national patient safety organization. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital’s safety program, which involved creating an “Acute Care Transfer Review Team,” placed in the top 10 for the MPSC’s Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation.

“At Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, we are committed to keeping our patients safe,” said Brent Reitz, Vice President and Administrator of the hospital. “This recognition reflects our ongoing dedication to safety efforts and we look forward to sharing these processes with others in the region.”

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital’s patient safety program helped decrease the number of patients readmitted to acute care hospitals by implementing a collaborative clinical review of each patient throughout the transfer process.

“It is our goal at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland to help our patients get back to their homes and daily activities,” said Terrence Sheehan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital. “This program has resulted in fewer patients returning to acute care hospitals and more patients being discharged home.”

The new processes were instituted in fall 2010. In June 2012, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital placed in the 80th percentile nationally of “discharge to home” rates. This means their rates were better than 80 percent of other hospitals in the country.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital’s solution will be recognized at the MPSC Conference’s Minogue Award Reception the weekend of April 4, as part of the Circle of Honor for Patient Safety Innovation. The program will also be featured in a publication distributed at the Conference.

In addition to its ongoing patient safety efforts, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital is the only hospital in a five-state region to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International in all four specialty areas – brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and stroke.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. Services include comprehensive rehabilitation programs for 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, which includes hospitals, home health agencies and other health care services.

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