Rehabilitation Services earns CARF accreditation
An IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Release
— MUNCIE--The Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Physical Rehabilitation Center, for the ninth consecutive time, has received a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for the Stroke Specialty Program and the overall program. CARF accreditation is the highest and most prestigious level of accreditation awarded to physical rehabilitation facilities.
“Earning CARF accreditation means IU Health Ball Memorial Physical Rehabilitation Center not only meets, but exceeds the strict criteria,” said Paula Tyler, orthopedic service line leader, Physical Rehab Center, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. “The program went through an extremely detailed review process and it shows that we have a very high standard of excellence for our patients.”
The IU Health Ball Memorial Physical Rehabilitation Center is especially proud of earning the three-year CARF accreditation for the Stroke Specialty Program because the list of standards the program needed to meet skyrocketed from nine to 27 this year.
Helping patients achieve a greater level of independence is always the goal of the IU Health Ball Memorial Physical Rehabilitation Center. The Center, established in 1984, rehabilitates patients with various illnesses and injuries, including amputation, brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury. The team of professionals includes rehabilitation nurses and physical therapists, occupational therapists, therapeutic recreational specialists, speech-language pathologists, a dietitian and social workers. With this elevated level of care, even patients who require 24-hour rehab nursing care can make significant improvements in gaining independence.
For Carrie Brannon, CRRN, nurse manager, Physical Rehab Center, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, teamwork between the staff makes all the difference.
“We couldn’t be so successful if our staff didn’t work together 100 percent,” said Brannon. “Our patient satisfaction reports reflect that. Currently 95 percent of our patients would highly recommend us to friends and family.”