HCHD's PM&R Program Receives CARF Accreditation

HOUSTON (Sept. 8, 2009) – The Harris County Hospital District’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Program at Quentin Mease Community Hospital was awarded a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the organization’s highest quality rating for PM&R programs.

This is the third consecutive three-year accreditation HCHD has been awarded by CARF.

To earn this prestigious achievement, HCHD participated in a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of CARF surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, and that the outcomes are both measurable and accountable.

Quentin Mease Community Hospital coordinates all physical medicine and rehabilitation care for patients from the hospital district’s major general hospitals, Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Each year, the PM&R staff treats about 320 patients for a wide array of conditions, most commonly stroke, orthopedic injuries, amputations, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, with an 82.2 percent success rate of helping people resume life outside hospitals or nursing homes, which is above the national average of 76.5 percent.

According to the final report, “It is evident that the Harris County Hospital District’s PM&R Program provides excellent services to the person served and is dedicated to ongoing quality improvement.”

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction, which demonstrates to our patients that the quality of care we offer meets or exceeds CARF’s internationally recognized standards,” said David S. Lopez, HCHD president and CEO. “Our staff continues to set a high standard, offering the highest quality of care possible in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.”

CARF is an independent, not-for-profit 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, CARF establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

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